Thanks for joining me for another Non-Beauty Blogger’s Guide! Today is Part Two of highlighting. If you missed Part One, go here.
I’m sharing a video of how I apply highlighter, but I’ll discuss it below as it might be difficult to follow. The quality is not great, folks. Sorry. Enjoy my bra straps.
Keep in mind: I do not do these at the same time and blend more thoroughly than I show here. There are several ways to accomplish a gorgeous highlight:
In the first part of the video, I’m applying a cream stick matte highlighter. It’s not an every day step for me, but I’ll do it for special occasions. It’s a great way to perk up tired eyes, cover dark circles, and straighten your nose. I use a matte highlighter that’s a shade lighter than my skin: NYX Cosmetics Wonder Stick in Light. I then blend it in using Tarte’s Slenderizer Contouring Brush. Blend well so you don’t look like you just took off your sunglasses at the beach! For this particular product, I apply after foundation but BEFORE setting powder. At the end of the video I am applying the product to my nose, chin, and cupid’s bow. Same rules apply!
In the second part of the video, I’m using Benefit’s High Beam to highlight my brow bone, cheekbones, and the corner of my eye. I LOVE this liquid highlighter and think the pink shade is perfect for those of us with fair skin. I add a couple of drops and blend with my fingers. Again, I prefer a liquid product to combat my seasonal dry skin. I use powder when weather conditions are different, but application remains the same. My go-to powder is Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone. This goes on after foundation AND setting powder.
The third part of the video showcases an all-over highlight. I am using MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade. It’s a soft beige with quite a bit of shimmer. I mainly apply on my cheekbones and in an inverted triangle shape on my forehead (below). To take this product day to night, I apply it to my entire face. If this is too shimmery for you, try the more subtle L’Oreal True Match Lumi Powder Glow in Rose or Too Faced Candlelight. I used the Real Techniques Powder Brush in the video. This product goes on after foundation and setting powder.
I didn’t add this to the video, but I also mix liquid highlighter with my liquid foundation: This is a go-to for me lately to combat my dull winter skin. I do about a 2:1 foundation to highlighter ratio. What’s great about this is that it makes your entire face glow but it’s not too much. The foundation and highlighter balance one another out: it keeps your foundation from being too cakey and your highlighter from being too shimmery. It provides the perfect luminosity. If you have dry skin, I recommend this process opposed to all-over powder highlighter application.
I use Revlon Skinlights Face Illuminator in Pink Light. This product has a cult-following, and it’s easy to see why! Revlon discontinued it for a time and it was sold at twice the price on eBay. And they must have discontinued it again because I can only find it on Amazon. If it’s sold out there, you can give NYX’s Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator a try.
And don’t forget: if you don’t want to shine like a disco ball (or have a day job), there are lots of great matte options on the market!
There are many, many ways to do things, but this process works for me. What’s your favorite technique?