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Highlighter can be super-useful—if you know how to use it. When applied correctly, highlighter can help lift and brighten the overall appearance of your face. It can also help give your complexion that dewy luminous look chances are you love. But when it comes to using highlighter, it can be pretty easy to go overboard—and if you put on too much of the stuff, you can end up looking a little too shimmery or shiny. Avoid these common highlighter mistakes and learn how to use highlighter the right way to help enhance your skin.
Placement is everything when it comes to using a highlighter. After all, the whole point of using a highlighter is that it can help make your face look lifted and give it a youthful-looking glow. Here’s how to use it on different areas of your face:
On your cheeks: Always apply highlighter above your cheekbones—never below.
On your nose: You can help make your nose look slimmer by applying a highlighter straight down the bridge of your nose.
On your eyes: Help yourself look more awake by putting some highlighter on in the inner corner of your eyes.
On your lips: You can get the illusion of fuller lips by applying a touch of highlighter on your cupid’s bow.
Yep, there is a thing as too much highlighter. Unless you want to look like super-shiny, you should know when to hit the pause button. Remember, less is always more when it comes to makeup, highlighter included.
Nope, highlighters aren’t one-size-fits-all. There are a variety of types of highlighters from powders to creams as well different shades. It’s all about finding a formula that fits your needs and choosing a hue that’s flattering to your skin tone, since using the wrong shade can actually wash you out and make you look like a ghost. As a rule of thumb, choose a highlighter that’s two shades lighter than your foundation makeup. If you have fair skin, go for a pink-hued highlighter. If you have medium skin, opt for a peach highlighter. And if you have dark skin, try a bronze highlighter. Need a product recommendation? Try the L'Oréal Paris True Match™ Liquid Glow Illuminator, which comes in three shades: golden, ice, and rose.
When you’re planning on wearing a highlighter, you need to think about lighting. Not sure what we mean? Let us break it down for you. If you’re going to be spending the day in soft, dim lighting, then you can up the ante and go for a really sparkly highlighter which can help make your features pop against the candle-lit background. On the other hand, if you’re going to be outdoors during the day, consider choosing a subtler highlighter that won’t look as harsh against the sunlight. Know that you’re going to be snapping a ton of pics? Take a photo of yourself before you go out to see what your highlighter looks like on camera.
Done everything in your power and still can’t seem to figure out why your highlighter doesn’t look as great as it could? The issue could be that you’re using it with the wrong foundation. In general, you should pair like formulas with each other. If you’re using a powder foundation, then use a powder highlighter. If you’re using a liquid foundation, then use a liquid highlighter. Makes sense, right? Editor’s tip: In a rush? Mix a little bit of a light-infusing primer, like the L'Oréal Paris Magic Lumi Primer, in with your foundation to help create a soft light illusion. You can also use this primer on targeted areas of your face for a sculpted effect.