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If opalescent ivory is the only highlighter in your makeup kit, you’re missing out. Colored highlighters are key to next-level strobing and achieving that coveted Instagram glow — and purple highlighter is the perfect gateway color.
Purple highlighter is just as wearable as gold or pink, but it can also be used to create a unicorn, ice queen, mermaid or alienesque lewk (if that’s your thing). Purple highlighters vary from the faintest, silvery lavender to bold orchids and violets. No matter the color, don’t judge it until it has been tested on your skin. Purple highlighters often look intense in their packages but have an easy-to-wear sheer finish when applied.
Unsure how to wear purple highlighter? Hourglass global makeup artist Chanel Temple suggests pairing it with similar tones on your lips and eyes for a flattering finish or sticking with neutral hues to offset the purple shimmer.
When dusting highlighter on cheeks, Temple cautions against applying the highlighter too close to the nose. If using the product like blush, start about a finger’s width away from your nose for the most sculpted, cut-glass cheekbones. And always remember the importance of blending. When it comes to any highlighter, it’s about a diffused glow as opposed to sharp lines. And go easy because it’s a lot easier to build up the color than it is to take it off.
We’ve got the technique, now we just need the products. Click through the gallery to shop the most flattering purple highlighters that look as good IRL as they do on the ‘gram.