The Glowing Guide to Highlighter

If you’re a makeup junkie, you know a true beat isn’t finished unless there’s highlighter. It truly completes the look in my opinion! It gives such a youthful, glowing appearance. I go back and forth personally between loving a high-impact finish or a more natural, “glow from within” look.

You can apply highlighter on pretty much all the high points of the face! Some general areas for most is the cheekbone. I love to also put a smidge on the apples of my cheeks too, I have a round face so I don’t like to focus my highlight here but a little but gives such a supple appearance.

Here are some other places where I like to apply highlighter to

  • Bridge of the nose
  • Tip of the nose
  • Cupid’s bow
  • Brow bone
  • Above the brow
  • Inner eye corner
  • Collarbone
  • Shoulders
  • Down the center of my legs

You see what I mean? It’s seriously SO versatile. Some bonus places where you can apply it, especially if you don’t get too oily throughout the day are the forehead and the chin. I’m a normal-combination/oily skin type and lean more on the oily side in the summer especially so I normally refrain from those.

The best brushes I normally like to apply highlighter with are

My fingers- they’re free, and give the most natural finish on my face personally. Especially on my no- makeup makeup days that’s what I’m using to apply some. I also prefer using my fingers for liquid and cream highlighters.

A fan brush is classic, and is good for keeping a contoured appearance, and you don’t want to be overboard with highlighter. This keeps it a little more focused and not as widespread.

A more fluffy, tapered brush is for those who want to keep a contoured look too, but want their highlight to be a little more noticed. These brushes range in all different shapes and sizes which is cool too. A good rule of thumb to follow is the less fanned out the bristles are, the more controlled of an application you’ll get.

The three finishes of highlighter you’ll typically see are liquids, creams, and powders. And the pigmentation can vary, but generally , creams will be the most sheer, so these will be ideal for those who want a more ‘lit from within’ glow. Liquids can vary between sheer and high impact, and a lot of the time can be mixed in with foundation if you want a dewier base. Powders will be the highest impact, and will apply the best when applied over powders.

Some of my favorite highlighters are from all different price ranges too- including

BECCA Cosmetics Champagne Pop

Laura Geller Gilded Honey

Wet n’ Wild Precious Petals

You can shop all these babies along with some of my other glow getter must haves HERE💕