How to Use Highlighter to Illuminate Your Skin?
Highlighter, did someone say "highlighter"? Or perhaps you prefer "illuminator"? The makeup trend remains the same. This makeup technique, favored by celebrities on red carpets, never ceases to captivate worldwide. But what is it? How to achieve a radiant face?
What is the Purpose of Highlighter?
As the name suggests, the highlighter is an "illuminator," a clever product to enhance your appearance. After a shy start in Europe but gaining momentum in the United States, propelled by stars like Kim Kardashian and her KK Beauty line and influencers like Sananas, highlighters are a hit in the small world of professional makeup artists. A Hollywood star doesn't walk the red carpet without using a highlighter. For those not in the know, here's a quick recap. The highlighter is now one of the essential steps in complexion makeup. In the form of powder, gel, or cream, this makeup move is used to accentuate certain areas of the face, making them appear brighter.
What Color Highlighter to Choose?
Just like foundation or concealer, color is of utmost importance. Applied incorrectly, and your skin may end up looking gray. Don't use the same shade on tanned skin as on fair skin. Tips: • If you're a blonde with fair skin, choose a pink shade that blends perfectly with your complexion. • For brunettes and redheads, a beige highlighter will be more suitable. • A golden highlighter is more appropriate for black or mixed skin. • If you don't fit into any of these categories, a white highlighter probably suits you best as it's perfect for medium and neutral skin tones. • Another option: match the highlighter shade with the rest of your makeup.
What Texture Should the Highlighter Have?
Two solutions: cream or gel or powder. If you're new to the area, powder highlighters are easier to use and quicker to apply. A few brush strokes are enough to achieve a satisfactory and, above all, quite natural result. The main trap of this type of makeup is to get an artificial effect that can quickly become unflattering. If you're a more seasoned makeup artist, you can try a cream highlighter. The advantage of this form of complexion illuminator is that it allows you to target specific areas of the face and work with more precision. You can apply it with your finger to be able to stretch it enough.
How and Where to Apply Highlighter?
Unlike a foundation applied to the entire face, the highlighter is used only on specific areas of the face. The first is the cheekbone, just above the area where you apply the blush. Then, there's the forehead bone located just below the eyebrow, crucial for brightening the eyes. Next, move to the nose, only composing the ridge to bring a perfect radiant effect. Finally, finish with the Cupid's bow, i.e., the arched part located above the upper lip. To apply it, choose whichever method is most convenient for you, although the finger facilitates access to areas like eyebrows, bow, or Cupid's nose. The rest can be easily covered with a spherical, tapered, or contour brush.