face makeup 8 Places On Your Face To Apply Highlighter

It goes beyond just the cheekbones.

July 06, 2022
Where to apply highlighter on face

Which Highlighter Makeup Is Best?

Achieving the glow you want comes down to the formula you select and where you apply it. Whether you prefer liquid highlighter or powder formulas is up to you, but these L’Oréal Paris highlighters could be your BFF to help you achieve your desired look. 

L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Shimmerista Highlighting Powder

If you’re looking for an incredibly lightweight, buildable powder highlighter that you can use for your face and body, this is for you. It has a fine shimmer that creates a gorgeous luminosity on the skin. 

L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Nude Highlighter Palette

Mixing and matching highlighter shades can be helpful when trying to find the most flattering one for your skin tone. With this palette, you get four powder shades that provide a soft highlight that you can build up when you want more intensity. 

L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer

If a subtle glow is what you’re after, you’ve met your match with this liquid highlighter. It can be used all over the skin as a luminous base, or you can apply it to more specific areas for a more targeted highlight. 


Where Do You Wear Highlighter On Your face?

Once you’ve chosen your highlighter, knowing where to apply it is the next step. Try placing highlighter makeup on these places below for a look that’s natural and seamless. 

1. Your Cheekbones

We’re starting with the most common place to highlight your skin — the cheekbones. To enhance your bone structure and give your face a lifted appearance, apply a light layer of highlight to your cheekbones. Drag it up slightly under your temples to avoid a stark line where your highlighter begins and ends. 

2. The Bridge Of Your Nose 

The point of highlighting is to bring attention to where light naturally hits your face, which is at the high points. Being that the nose bridge is the highest point of the face, it makes sense to add highlighter there. Be sure to blend it out so you’re not left with a harsh line down your nose. 

3. Your Cupid’s Bow

Your Cupid's bow is the curved section at the center of your top lip. Highlighting this area helps to lift the lips and give them a fuller appearance and more defined shape.

4. Your Brow Bone

The brow bone is also an area of the face that catches light and is integral to your bone structure. Give it a lifted appearance by adding some brightness to it with highlighter. 

5. The Inner Corners Of Your Eyes 

The inner corners of your ends tend to be more prone to darkness than other areas of the face. Add some highlighter to brighten the area and give your eyes a more wide-awake appearance.

6. Your Under-Eye Area

Yup, this is a weird one but it’s truly effective. Just like the inner corner of the eyes, the under-eye area can be dark and highlighter can help to bring some brightness to the area. Layer it on lightly after you’ve applied your under eye concealer.

7. The Center Of Your Eyelids 

Another great way to brighten your eyes and your overall look is by adding a subtle highlight to the center of your eyelids. While this might not be fitting if you’re going for a dark smokey eye, on natural makeup days it adds to the skin’s glow. 

8. The Center Of Your Chin

If you have a longer or more oval-shaped face that you wish to round out a bit, highlighting the center of your chin is a great makeup technique for you. Be sure to really blend out the highlighter in this area to ensure it appears natural. 

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Edited by: Shalwah Evans, Photo Credit: Chaunte Vaughn