Perhaps one of the biggest trends to sweep the beauty industry in this decade is the highlighter. Ever since the product and technique gained some traction, people all over the world fell in love with the idea and soon everyone was trying out the method to glow like a goddess. Who wouldn’t like to look like a real-life incarnation of Aphrodite? A highlighter is one of the very few makeup products that you can use on a bare face or a full face of makeup. But no matter how much women love this latest trend, it still boggles some people and they cannot figure out how to execute it properly. Here are the easiest highlighter tips to help you take your glow game to the next level.
1. Pick The Right One
You might be overwhelmed to see the variety of choice when you go to purchase highlighter. There are so many highlighter palettes and in all the colors of the rainbow, but which one should you get? Getting a highlighter may be trickier than you think because it all depends on your skin tone and undertones. There are three kinds of undertones, cool, neutral and warm. For cooler tones, you should go for shades in silver or pink, while for warm undertones champagne or gold colors suit best. Neutral undertones can suit any color of a highlighter.
2. Powder Highlighters
Applying highlighter can be complex for beginners and people who do not have an extensive knowledge about makeup in general. There are many different kinds of highlighters available in the market that can confuse a person. You may not know which one would work perfectly for you. The most common ones are the powder highlighter palettes that are available in every brand. To apply those, you should invest in a small fluffy or fan brush that helps you put it on the top of your cheekbones, inner corner of the eyes or the cupid’s bow.
3. Liquid Highlighters
The second most common type of highlighters is liquid highlighters. They are sheerer and less sparkly in texture as compared to powder highlighters. A lot of people find liquid highlighters easier to use because they tend to build up instead powder highlighters that are quite pigmented in one go. But to apply liquid highlighters, they need to go on before any powder products and should be applied using a sponge. A brush would not blend it in well enough while a sponge would make the glow look natural and seamless.
4. Stick Highlighters
Stick or pencil highlighters may not be as widely popular but they are the best forms of highlighters. They are quick in their application, easy to carry anywhere and apply smoothly. Stick highlighters can be applied directly and they tend to last a lot longer than any other kind of highlighter. You can also apply them efficiently in edges and corners. Pencil highlighters are also less sparkly so they give off a more natural look so you can apply it even on a bare face.
5. Natural Glow
Sometimes you are just not in the mood for a colorful, sparkly highlighter that makes you look like a resident of an alien planet. Sometimes it is time to apply the most natural-looking highlighter that does not require much effort. For those days, you can forget every palette and just put on a few dabs of serums or Vaseline. Many makeup artists have used Vaseline on runways to give their models a perfect, natural-looking glow without any color or sparkles.
6. The Right Spots
Most makeup beginners tend to get confused over the application of highlighters. That confusion can cause a disaster on your face with product spreading everywhere. There are only a few subtle spots that should be highlighted like the top of your eyebrow arch, the center of the bridge of your nose, on the cupid’s bow, and the top of the cheeks. These are the places that are the highest spots on your face and so get the most attention from light. A highlighter should only be applied to these spots otherwise you may end up highlighting the places on your face that should stay in shadows.
7. V Formation
If the technique explained above sounds too complicated or intricate for you, then there is quite a simple method you can follow. Take the highlighting product you are using, using a light hand apply it to your cheekbones in a slight v formation. Brush it along from your temple to your cheekbone. That is the perfect spot for a highlight and if you do not want to go all the way, you can leave it at that because it would make you look naturally glowing and dewy.
8. Highlight Before Blush
After you are done with your foundation, you move on to the sculpting process by contouring your face. You carve out the best looking jawline and cheekbones but what about after that? Many people get confused over which product should go first, blush or highlighter? The best method is to go contour, highlight and then blush. In doing so, the contour would help define the spot where your highlight is supposed to go and then blush would help blend the products together seamlessly. Adding blush after highlight is also the best way to tone down the highlighter if it seems to be too much.
9. Tone It Down
It is not just makeup amateurs that can get a bit too excited with their highlighter, even experts have a hard time keeping it natural and not looking like a disco ball. If you have also gone a bit overboard with your highlighter palette then it is not time to freak out yet. It is actually not that difficult to dull your highlighter a bit. Just brush over it with a fluffy brush that has no product on it and it will lessen. If you need to take your glow down a few more notches then go over it with a bit of contour powder to dull it down more.