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The Proper Way To Apply Highlighter According To Professionals

Introduction

These days, makeup trends have shifted away from matte looks towards achieving sun-kissed, glowy complexions. With this, contour and highlighting have grown in popularity, with brands releasing various bronzer and highlighter products. If you’re into makeup, you most probably have tried your hand at applying a highlighter. You also will probably agree that when applied well, a highlighter has the ability to bring your makeup look to the next level. Not only does a highlighter make you look more radiant and youthful, but it also helps in sculpting your features to achieve to thinner face.

But, there’s also a catch. For all the benefits that highlighter brings, it’s also hard to nail the perfect highlighter look. Sometimes, even makeup professionals make the mistake of misplacing highlighter or applying too much product. If you’re one of those who struggle with these problems, don’t worry! By the end of this article, you’ll know everything from the proper way to apply highlighter, to what products you should use. If you’re looking to elevate your makeup skills, keep reading to find out more!

Step One: Tap Cream Highlighter Onto The Cheekbones

As with all things, the first step is often the most important one. Applying a highlighter is no different. Most people immediately go in with powder highlight once they’ve applied and set their foundation. However, many makeup artists advise against this and instead, recommend going in with a cream highlight product first. Using a product like the Chanel Baume Essentials, simply tap the product on your cheekbones. Then, using either your fingers or a brush, blend the product out.

A’PIEU Juicy-Pang Jelly-Beam Highlighter

In the shade Strawberry Soda, the jelly-ish texture of this highlighter makes it stay on your cheeks; giving you that all-day glow, even on your nose and chin!

$10.80

RMS Beauty Luminizer Highlighter

In the shade, Amethyst Rose, this hauntingly icy lilac color with a subtle rose hue will give you a healthy glow and enhance your skin’s youthfulness.

$38.00



Step Two: On Your Cheekbones, Layer Powder Highlight Over The Cream

Only after you’ve completed step one, do you want to go in with a powder highlight. The purpose of putting on cream highlight as a base is to prep your skin for any other powder products. Cream highlight gives powder products something to stick to, making your highlight even more visible and striking. It also makes the highlight color more intense, without caking on too much product. If you rely only on powder highlight, you run the risk of your highlight looking dry and cakey. For power highlight, we recommend using Tom Ford’s Sheer Highlighting Duo. This highlight comes in a lovely champagne shade that complements many skin tones and looks extremely natural as well. What’s more, if you’re those who enjoy taking pictures, this highlight translates very well on camera. To apply powder highlight, you should use a fan brush and apply it with a light hand. The trick is to tap off any excess product, before sweeping it across your cheekbones, to prevent overdoing your highlight. After all, you want your highlight to look as natural as possible and not as if you have a gazillion spotlights shining on your face.

Sulwhasoo Radiance Blusher

A multi-colored blusher that adds brightness and definition to your cheekbones, you can easily shape your face with this petite and pretty compact highlighter-blusher.

$73.21

BH Cosmetics Truffle Blush

This 4-color mirrored compact has all the peach and pink tones that you need to define your features and brighten your entire complexion for a complete look.

$12.00

Etude House Luxe On Highlighter

Get a three-dimensional look and a brighter tone on your nose, cheeks, and forehead with this subtle yet colorful highlighter that comes in three illuminating shades.

$9.75



Step Three: Fan Powder Highlight Down The Bridge Of Your Nose

After highlighting your cheekbones, you want to move on to other areas of your face. The next area you should highlight is your nose. If you have a flat nose, highlighting is a great way to make it appear slimmer and lifted. Using a fan brush, work the powder highlight up and down your nose bridge in light, sweeping strokes. Again, remember not to layer on too much product. Putting too much highlight on your nose makes it look plastic and fake, especially on camera. One brush we recommend using is the NYX Professional Pro Fan Brush that’s made of soft synthetic fibers that pick up pigments wonderfully.

NYX Professional Pro Fan Brush

Achieve effortless highlights on the highest points of your face with this velvety brush that works well with all powder formulas to give you a flawless finish.

$11.99

BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Synthetic Makeup Brushes Set

This 13 piece brush set has everything from a fan brush to an eyeliner brush to cater to all your makeup needs. Plus, it is made of lush bristles and cruelty-free!

$31.00


Step Four: Add Powder To Your Inner Eyes, Cupid’s Bow, And Under The Brow Bone

Last but not least, you want to finish by highlighting the smaller area of your face. These steps are completely optional but recommended if you want to achieve that radiant, glowy look. We recommend using a pencil brush — the ZOEVA Luxe Soft Definer Makeup Brush does a great job at highlighting smaller areas. The three areas you should highlight include your cupid’s bow, brow bone, and inner eyes.

To highlight your cupid’s bow, gentle tap on some powder highlight to the grooved space between your nose and mouth. Adding some highlight to your cupid’s bow accentuates your lips and makes them appear fuller.

Next, you want to highlight the area below your brow bone. Following the arch of your eyebrows, apply a bit of highlight just beneath the brow bone. What this does is make your eyes look bigger.

Last but not least, finish off by highlighting the inner corners of your eyes. Highlighting this area works wonders as it widens your eyes and makes you appear more youthful. If you feel that you still look tired and weary after applying makeup, we highly recommend highlighting your inner eyes to brighten your complexion.

An important tip when highlighting these three areas of the face is to use a pencil brush. You don’t want to use a fan brush as these areas are much smaller, and require detailed precision when applying highlight. What’s more, you definitely don’t need as much product as compared to highlighting your cheekbones and nose. So, it’s important that you tap off any excess highlight from your pencil or eyeshadow brush, before going in and applying it to these areas.

ZOEVA Luxe Soft Definer Eyeshadow Makeup Brush

Not only is this brush great for intricate eyeshadow looks, but its flat brush head is ideal for highlighting the inner corners of your lips and cupid’s bow as well.

$12.00


Conclusion

With these, we conclude our guide on how to apply highlighter the correct way. In this article, we’ve also listed our recommended highlight products and makeup brushes that will help you to achieve your desired glowy and radiant look. Though applying highlighter takes patience and a lot of practice, we believe that you’ll definitely get the hang of it as long as you follow the tips that we’ve mentioned above. And, if there’s anything you must remember after reading this article, is that you should never put on too much highlight. Always go in with a light hand and slowly build up coverage. It’s always harder to remove cakey makeup than to go in and apply some more.

Makeup trends come and go but we believe that applying a highlighter is a basic step that will always remain in our makeup routine. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to put your skills to the test and practice applying highlight the correct way!

Recommended Products

No. ProductPriceBuy
1A’PIEU Juicy-Pang Jelly-Beam Highlighter

In the shade Strawberry Soda, the jelly-ish texture of this highlighter makes it stay on your cheeks; giving you that all-day glow!
$10.80Shop
2RMS Beauty Luminizer Highlighter

In the shade Amethyst Rose, this hauntingly icy lilac color with a subtle rose hue will give you a healthy glow and enhance your skin.
$38Shop
3Sulwhasoo Radiance Blusher

A multi-colored blusher that adds brightness and definition to your cheekbones so that you can easily shape your face.
$73.21Shop
4BH Cosmetics Truffle Blush

This 4-color mirrored compact has all the peach and pink tones that you need to define your features and brighten your entire complexion.
$12Shop
5Etude House Luxe On Highlighter

Get a three-dimensional look and a brighter tone on your nose, cheeks, and forehead with this subtle yet colorful highlighter.
$9.75Shop
6NYX Professional Pro Fan Brush

Achieve effortless highlights on the highest points of your face with this velvety brush that works well with all powder formulas.
$11.99Shop
7BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Synthetic Makeup Brushes Set

This 13 piece brush set has everything from a fan brush to an eyeliner brush to cater to all your makeup needs.
$31Shop
8ZOEVA Luxe Soft Definer Eyeshadow Makeup Brush

Not only is this brush great for intricate eyeshadow looks, but its flat brush head is ideal for highlighting the inner corners too.
$12Shop

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