A Lesson in How to Get Your Glow On

highlighter, what is highlighter makeup, types of highlighter makeup

It seems like you can’t talk beauty these days without discussing highlighter. Everyone is going gaga for that gorgeous lit-from-within, dewy and shimmery look. But exactly what is this miracle product and how should you be using it? We’ve got the answers to all your burning (or should we say glowing) questions, below..

What is highlighter makeup?
We’re definitely NOT talking about neons. Highlighter is actually a face makeup that brightens the areas of your face that you would like to draw attention to by attracting light. It can be used along with contouring to enhance the shape of your face or on it’s own in a technique called strobing.


Where do you apply highlighter?
Highlighter is applied to the areas of you face that you would like to, well, highlight. A general rule of thumb is to apply on areas where light hits your face naturally—cheekbones, temple, chin and nose. But these aren’t the only spots. For example, a dab of highlighter on your eyebrow arch can give you an instant brow lift or a just a touch of the bright stuff by your tear duct instantly opens up your eyes.
highlighter, what is highlighter makeup, types of highlighter makeup
What are the different types of highlighter?
There’s more than one way to get your glow on. The main types you will find are liquid, powder and stick. Liquid forumals like Benefit Cosmetics High Beam Liquid Face Highlighter, have the benefit of being able to mix with your other products like foundation or moisturizer and are very long lasting. Powder is a great option for those with oily skin that want the shimmer without shine. Try Urban Decay Afterglow Powder Highlighter. The most travel-friendly option is stick highlighter, which is also very easy to apply—just swipe on and rub in. One of favorites is Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight.


How can I get even more of a sun-kissed glow?
If you’re looking for that bronzed goddess glow, you can always use your highlighter and bronzer together. Powder formulas will work the best for light, natural-looking layers of tan and shimmer. Or simply use a bronzing highlighter that combines the best of both worlds, like Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder.

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