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Let it Glow! Tips to Ace Highlighting with Powder Highlighters

July 24, 2019 • Joyner Musombi

If glitter is your go-to alter-ego, then you know that highlighting is a must-have skill to add to your beauty regime. Highlighters bring more attention to the areas on your face where you’d naturally shine if you caught the sun.  Powder highlighters, loose or pressed, have the highest level of shimmer and glitter and extra patience and caution are needed to get a sleek sheen.

When used correctly highlighters will bring out the dynamite glow from within you. Here are our top tips on how to highlight with a powder highlighter.

  1. Consider your skin type

Powders work well extremely well on oily or combination skin as the natural face oil provide for a good setting for the powder to stick. For normal to dry skin, slightly dampen your highlighting brush with your setting moisturizer or primer or water.

  1. Choosing your highlighter colour

Like every other makeup, highlighters are also a no one-color-fits-all.  Light gold or peachy champagne shades give a very natural flattering look for medium skin tones. Fair skin tones should opt for pinker tones while if you have a darker skin tone then deep yellow or bronzy gold colours will do best. Always keep in mind that your highlighter should be a shade or two lighter than your foundation for a fine finish. 

  1. Where to highlight

Highlighter should be used as indicated on the packaging – on the high points on your face, not all-over your face. Use highlighter to make your cheekbones, nose (not tip) and cupid’s bow to draw attention to these spots. Used incorrectly you could end up looking like a disco ball.

  1. How to highlight
  • Apply your makeup as close to a window as possible. Take a few step back and tilt your face from side to side to spot the sides with the darkest shadows. Apply the highlighter directly above those areas for the most natural look.
  • For a glowy look, gently dab your highlighter with your highlighting brush and apply a small dot of highlighter in the center of the apple of your cheek over blush, and blend. For a more defined sexy sheen, sweep brush diagonally over cheeks from just beneath the center of your eye socket up towards your hairline, and blend.
  • To hide the dark from the short sleep you had last night, brighten your eyes by adding just a pinch of highlighter to the inner corner of your eyes. If you want to create an illusion of bigger eyes then gently dab your highlighting powder with your ring finger and add a touch of highlighter to the centre of your eyelid.
  • For fuller lips and a clean lipstick look, use a concealer brush to highlight your cupid’s bow and give yourself a break if you don’t. For a night out when you will be showing some skin, apply little highlighter to your collarbone for a youthful dewy finish.

Finally, remember dynamite glow over disco ball mess at all times. Steer clear of shimmery or shiny highlighters if you want to have a great contoured look when going for a lifting effect.

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