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Has there ever been a better time to create a glowing look than in the summer? Doubtful! The good news is, it’s easier than ever to get your glow on with the help of a little highlighter. But you don’t just have to simply swipe and go—there are quite a few highlighting trends out there you can have fun testing out. From multi-colored to barely there, there’s a look for everyone. Without further ado, here are eight highlighter makeup trends to try for yourself this season.
If you’re feeling colorful, give wearing highlighters that resemble rainbows a shot. Don’t shy away from the vivid pigment—while they may not suit your everyday style, they’re perfect for a night on the town or a special occasion. Layer colors onto your cheeks in ROYBGIV order for a truly prismatic color, or pick your favorite bright shade to top your cheekbones. Try the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Powder Glow illuminator in Ice, which features four hues including a purple and a blue. Swirl all the shades together or the pick the pastel you’re most partial to and wear just one.
By now, it’s basically common knowledge that placing highlighter down the bridge of your nose can give the illusion of a slimming effect—but this isn’t the only way to use highlighter on your nose. You may have noticed social media stars have been trailblazers in making it trendy to add a highlight to just the tip of your nose. Give the tip a gentle dusting of highlighter—all you need is a teeny bit to glow without looking greasy.
There’s no reason you have to look like an earthly creature. Out-of-this-world, holographic highlighters are the perfect way to go for a galaxy-inspired look. These shining shades shift colors in the light. One minute your highlight may appear blue, but when the sun hits your face, it seemingly becomes purple.
Chances are you’ve tried contouring before—but have you heard about non-touring? Non-touring is a no makeup, makeup look that focuses completely on getting that just-right glow. Start with a luminizing primer like the L’Oréal Paris Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer, smoothing it over your face for allover radiance. Follow with a tinted moisturizer, then add your most natural-looking highlighter to the high points of your face.
Metals aren’t just for your jewelry and your hair—you can put them on your face, too. We have a feeling you’ll never feel more luxe than when you’re rocking rose gold on your cheeks. Dot the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator in Rose onto your cheekbones and blend out with your fingertip for a luxurious glistening.
Gloss isn’t just for your lips. If you aren’t interested in a super-shimmery highlight, opt for a gloss that gleams. Dab a small amount onto just your cheeks to help add stylish shine (without looking greasy). Instead of looking dipped in glitter, your skin will seem effortlessly dewy and fresh.
Picking wild colors isn’t the only way to be unexpected with your highlighter choices—you can also add shimmer to surprising spots. Your cheeks have had enough love and light. Instead, wear your highlighter straight down the middle of your face. That’s right—lightly sweep an illuminator that complements your skin tone over the center of your forehead, down your nose, above your cupid’s bow, and onto your chin. Your glow will look subtle, not overdone.
Even if you only own a single highlighter, that doesn’t mean you have to be limited to creating just one look. Start with a liquid highlight and get to concocting. In addition to wearing your favorite illuminator alone, try mixing it with your foundation, moisturizer, or facial oil to help create different lit from within looks.
Which trend will you try first? Once you’re ready to go, brush up some of the most common highlighter mistakes before getting started.