For the uninitiated, highlighter is a face makeup that attracts the light and creates the illusion of brightness for that lit-from-within look that the beauty-obsessed are, well, obsessed with right now.
Celebs often pair highlighter with contour shades to create that ultra-sculpted look, but you don’t have to be a contouring pro to enjoy a touch of shimmer.
Like all things makeup, highlighter comes in a variety of shades and textures to suit every skin tone and type, and there is a system behind getting it to catch the light in just the right way.
Keep reading for the Sephora 4-step guide to glow, plus highlighting looks you need to try.
How to Get the Glow in 4 Steps
Prep: Your skincare routine is an important first step to making sure your highlighter works its best. Clean, hydrated skin is key to a healthy, natural-looking glow. Before applying any makeup products, make sure to use a gentle face wash, exfoliator, and moisturiser to create a smooth, supple canvas.
Prime: These days, a good makeup primer is much more than just a makeup base. Look for one packed with hydrating ingredients to replenish skin throughout the day and blurring properties that diffuse the light and create a soft-focus glow that will really make your highlighter pop.
Perfect: Even out your complexion with your coverage of choice. Foundation typically provides fuller coverage, but a lighter weight bb cream or tinted moisturiser will work too, depending on the look you’re going for.
Finish: Now you’re ready to illuminate and shine. Use a highlighter brush to sweep on the highlighter of your choice—powder, cream, liquid, or gel. Not sure where to apply highlighter? Just think the highpoints of your face that would naturally catch the light: cheekbones, the bridge of the nose, your Cupid’s bow, and the jawline into the hairline. Using a highlighter fan brush can help blend the product into your foundation more naturally for a seamless look. Don’t forget to use a finishing powder all over to set your hard-earned glow in place all day.
From Natural to Otherworldly, Try These Glow Looks
Sunlight: Go for the gold with radiant, sun-kissed shades in golden tones that caste a bright spotlight on your best features.
Prismatic Light: Embark in otherworldly glamour with extreme highlight and glow using multi-coloured, holographic shades in metallic finishes. Any one of Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors should do the trick.
Experimenting with highlighter should be fun and we’re here to help. Discover your next glow kit or highlighter palette when you shop online at Sephora. With so many options, your skin’s future is looking ultra-bright!