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Want to shine bright? It’s time to add highlighter to your makeup routine, if you haven’t already. Applying a skin-illuminating highlighter is essentially a hack for getting a flawless-looking face. In fact, if you know where to wear highlighter (whether a highlighting powder or liquid), you can create sharper-looking cheekbones, fuller-looking lips, brighter-looking eyes, and a narrower-looking nose. Below, learn the best places to apply highlighter, how to do it, and our best highlighter makeup to make it easier than ever. It’s glow time!
Before you get started, it’s important to find a highlighter that suits your needs. Here is our best highlighter makeup.
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer: So often we’re taught that highlighter is meant to highlight specific points on our face. Well, what if you want to rock a subtle allover glow? That’s where this glowing face lotion comes in. The skin care-meets-makeup hybrid will not only luminize your complexion, but it will hydrate it, too.
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops: If you’re more of a liquid face makeup kind of gal, you know how tricky (read: cakey) it can be to dust highlighting powder on top of a dewy visage. If you don’t want to risk it, try using these liquid highlighter drops instead. Available in two universal shades, these gorgeous, glowing drops will melt into skin for sun-kissed finish.
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Shimmerista Highlighting Powder: Who said highlighter is just for your face? While you can totally use this high-pigment shimmer on your cheekbones, we especially love how it looks when dusted on your collarbones and decolletage. The lightweight formula blends seamlessly into skin for a shimmering kiss of color that’s sure to turn heads.
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glow Nude Highlighter Palette: Available in two color palettes, these customizable highlighter palettes have glow highlighters, blushes, and bronzers that can be worn on their own or mixed for a one-of-a-kind shimmer. Whichever compact you choose, you can expect an instantly awakened complexion that looks positively radiant.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Galaxy Sticks: Available in three colors—gold, pink, and blue—this multi-use holographic highlighter can be used both on the face and body, and, if you’re headed to a festival, you may even want to try incorporating it into your glitter part hairstyle.
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator: Available in three different color combos, this illuminating highlighting powder comes in four shades that can be swirled together or used separately to open the eyes, create symmetry, and define the face.
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator: This liquid highlight is a multitasker that can be worn all over or placed on key points. Wear it under, over, or mixed into your foundation for a variety of lit-from-within looks.
L’Oréal Paris Magic Lumi Primer Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer: Enlighten your complexion with this primer. Try it with foundation for a soft light illusion, or use it to highlight specific features and create a sculpted effect.
Use highlighter strategically for a pretty glow and avoid taking your makeup into disco ball territory.
With the help of a highlighter, sky high model-worthy cheekbones can be in your near future. First, find your cheekbones by drawing an invisible line from the middle of your ear towards your lips. Voilà, there it is! Your highlight will go just above this line, from the top of your ear to the outer corner of your eye. Take a fan brush and sweep a highlighting powder on, or use your finger to dot on a liquid light reflector before blending out.
In order to help achieve a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed look, highlight your eyes in two places. Use a light, sparkly eye shadow like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Eyeshadow in Petite Perle and a small eye shadow brush to illuminate the center of your eyelids and the inner corners of your eyes. If you’re not feeling particularly well-rested, highlighting these spots can help make your eyes look bigger and brighter. Perfect for faking a night of flawless sleep!
Disguise dark circles and a dull complexion by placing highlighter under your eyes. With your ring finger, pat on an illuminating concealer, gently working it into your skin to brighten and hide darkness.
Achieving defined, bold eyebrows doesn’t end with an eyebrow pencil or pomade. Filling eyebrows in should be followed with highlighting underneath. Just a touch of highlighter can help raise your eyebrow’s arch and complete your sculpting. Blend a light eye shadow or illuminator along your brow bone, just under your eyebrows.
If you wish your nose looked slightly slimmer, then grab a highlighter. If you add a subtle highlight down the bridge of your nose, your eyes are drawn to the “light” and are tricked into thinking your nose is narrower than it really is. Focus product on the end of your nose to give the tip an instant lift. For less obvious highlighting, opt for an option without shimmer, like a concealer that’s two to three shades lighter than your skin tone. The L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer comes in 14 shades.
Pucker up! Plump up the look of your pout by highlighting the dip above your top lip, a.k.a. the cupid’s bow. Using your fingertip, apply just a touch of your favorite glow-getter to help make your upper lip look fuller. Remember, this is a case where less is more! Too much highlighter and the only illusion you’ll have created is that of upper lip sweat. Go for just a subtle glisten to get luscious-looking lips instead.
Don’t let your bottom lip feel left out—make your lips match with more strategically placed highlighter. Adding a highlighting powder to the center of your lower lip can help make it appear fuller. This hint of luster can make the lip seem bigger by dragging the eye down.
Now that you know all about which highlighters to use and where to apply them, let’s take it a step further. With our article, How to Achieve No Makeup, Makeup with Highlighter, you’ll be able to put your freshest face forward with a single shimmering face makeup product.