Highlighter is a product that can completely change your beauty look. If applied correctly, it gives you that glowing look where people can't place what's different, just that you look amazing. When you’re choosing a highlighter you have to think about your skin tone; if you have very sallow skin, pink toned highlighters are going to stick out, but if you have very pale skin pink tones are perfect. The goal when applying highlighter is to get a reflective dewy look that makes you look like you just moisturized your skin. You don’t want to be shiny or glittery, so try some on the back of your hand when you’re at the store and blend well. If the product gives your skin a slight sheen you’ve got it right, if you look covered in glitter or sickly, try again.
When you’re looking for a product, no matter your skin’s undertones, look for one that has a number of different pearl shades like Guerlain’s Meteorites $57, which is an industry leader and combines six different colors for a perfect, balanced glow. If you’re just starting out with highlighters, try one such as NARS’ The Multiple $39. It’s a stick, which makes application very easy, but most of the shades are also pigmented with color. This will keep you from applying the product all over your face until you learn the peaks and contours of your face.
There are three main areas you should apply highlighter: the cheekbones and temples, the eyes, and the Cupid’s bow. If you apply your foundation with a foundation brush, which I suggest, use that same brush to apply your highlighter. The product remaining on your brush will help with the blending process. When applying it to your cheeks, blend it on the highest point of your cheekbone and up towards your temple. This is especially important if you’re doing any contouring as it will draw attention away from the makeup-made shadows. When applying it to your eyes, blend it underneath the eyebrow on the brow bone and into the inner crease. The lightness on the inner crease will open up your eyes and the brow bone contouring will give you a brow-lift effect. Applying highlighter to your lips is less common but can reap great results. Before applying your lipstick, blend some highlighter in the Cupid’s bow and underneath the bottom lip. This will look silly when you do it, but once you’ve applied your lip color, only a touch of the highlighter will show through, giving your lipstick a multi-dimentional color effect. You can also apply it to the bridge of the nose if it’s one of your favorite features but be careful not to apply it all the way to the tip as you’ll look shiny rather than contoured.
Don’t try to use highlighter for coverage, especially for areas of pigmentation or redness. The shimmering tones will only serve to draw attention to the area. Some concealers have light-reflecting properties in them but they should be used sparingly outside the eye area. You should always apply highlighter after your foundation or tinted moisturizer but before your concealer. You should always match the texture of your highlighter to your base, so if you’re wearing liquid or cream foundation, opt for a creamy highlighter that you can blend well into the skin. If you want to use a powder highlighter, put a thin layer of translucent powder on over your foundation. You want your highlighter to really blend with your foundation. If you blend your makeup into one thin layer, it will look like your skin is naturally glowing and luminescent.