Makeup highlighter is a cosmetic product used to add a luminous and glowing effect to the skin. It is typically applied to the high points of the face, such as the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, brow bone, and Cupid's bow, to create a radiant and illuminated appearance. Highlighters come in various formulations, including powder, cream, liquid, and stick formats, allowing for different application techniques and finishes.

Here's a general guide on using makeup highlighter:

  1. Select the Right Shade: Choose a highlighter shade that complements your skin tone. Generally, lighter skin tones work well with champagne or pearl shades, while deeper skin tones can opt for golden or bronzy tones. However, feel free to experiment and find the shade that suits you best.

  2. Prep the Skin: Start by preparing your skin with a moisturizer and primer. This creates a smooth canvas for the highlighter and helps it adhere better.

  3. Choose the Formula: Decide whether you prefer a powder, cream, liquid, or stick highlighter. Each formula has its own advantages and application techniques. Powders are typically applied with a brush, creams can be applied with fingers or a damp beauty sponge, liquids can be applied with a brush or fingers, and stick highlighters can be directly swiped onto the skin.

  4. Placement: Apply the highlighter to the high points of your face where light naturally hits and reflects. Common areas include the tops of the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, on the brow bone, and on the Cupid's bow above the upper lip. You can also apply a touch to the inner corners of the eyes for an extra brightening effect.

  5. Application Techniques:

    • Powder Highlighter: Use a fluffy brush, lightly dip it into the powder, tap off any excess, and gently sweep it onto the desired areas. Build up the intensity gradually to achieve your desired glow.
    • Cream/Liquid Highlighter: Apply a small amount of product onto your fingertips or a damp beauty sponge. Dab or gently blend the highlighter onto the skin using patting or tapping motions. This helps melt the product into the skin for a seamless finish.
    • Stick Highlighter: Swipe the stick directly onto the desired areas and gently blend it using your fingers or a brush for a diffused effect.
  6. Blending: After applying the highlighter, blend the edges using a clean brush, sponge, or your fingertips to ensure a smooth and seamless finish. This helps avoid any harsh lines or visible demarcations.
  7. Adjust for Intensity: If you prefer a more intense highlight, you can layer the product by repeating the application process. Start with a light hand and gradually build up the intensity to your liking.

Remember, less is often more when it comes to highlighter. Start with a subtle application and add more product if desired. The goal is to create a natural-looking glow that enhances your features and adds dimension to the face.