If you’ve never been to this rodeo before, you probably need to learn how to use highlighter. Even the most naturally-skilled makeup dabbler needs a place to start and, to be fair, highlighters really are pretty confusing. Those of you that are in need of a rescue mission, fear not. Below, you’ll find the steps of a basic highlighter application, as well as some expert tips on making the best out of it.

How to Use Highlighter for the Best Effects: 4 Tips

#1 Preparation Matters

Believe it or not, the actual application isn’t the most important step of this routine. You have to make sure your skin won’t just look good, but feel good as well. It all begins with choosing the right kind of highlighter: powder, liquid, pencil, or even oil. Aside from skin tone, you’ll also need to be mindful of your skin’s texture. For instance, an oilier texture will require that you choose a powdery highlighter over a liquid one and the vice versa applies for dry skin.

Get your skin ready by applying a moisturizer first – preferably something with a formula that uses argan oil. And if you’re confused about when it’s time for the highlighter to step in, it’s after you’ve already set your foundation and concealer.

#2 Remember What You Want to See Pop

There are certain areas of your face which will require highlighter intervention. You’d do well to remember those since you won’t always be able to keep a tab with a demonstrative video open.

  • Cheekbones: Use a kabuki brush to highlight at the top of your cheekbones. Multiple layers will give off a more intense look.
  • Nose: Preferably with your finger, gently give a highlighting boop to the tip of your nose. Make sure to blend it in afterwards!
  • Forehead: Starting near your hairline on the center of your forehead, smooth down a line of highlighter which stops at the bridge of your nose.
  • Eyes: Applying highlighter to the inner corners of your eyes is going to enhance them and make them stand out.
  • Eyebrows: Highlight the area on your brow bones to create a good balance with the rest of the shimmery parts.
  • Lips: Apply a small amount of highlighter to the central area right above your upper lip. This area is called Cupid’s bow and by making it pop out, you’ll make your lips look plumper.

#3 Make it Easier for the Cheekbones

If you struggle with applying the highlighter to your cheekbones, contour first. This will make them better defined and you will have a better picture. Moreover, try swiping in a V formation starting at your temple and working your way down along the bone.

#4 Check the Lights

Heading outside during daytime? Try to mimic this light while applying makeup, so you won’t end up getting a different result in the sunlight.

Wrapping Up

In conclusion, that was how to use highlighter in the simplest – yet most effective – way. If you’re still unsure, don’t hold back on looking up a demonstrative video for clearer instructions.