Tutorial: How To Make Your Highlighter Poppin’

Who am I to instruct you how to highlight, I hear you ask? Well, because my face always looks like that of a radiant angel, that’s how. It’s come to my attention that highlighting is a thing thing (first called highlighting, then strobing, then chroming: shut up, it’s all the same thing). There’s so many highlighters available now and I used to get confused between the cream and powder, matte and sparkly versions. Like: which is going to make me look like the sun? Well, both. And here’s how to do it.

You Will Need:

(These types of items, but variants are fine, they don’t have to be the exact brands or colours)

Fluffy highlighting brushes:

Real Techniques Contour brush & Real Techniques Bold Metal Blush brush

Powder highlighter:

ABH highlighter in ‘Starlight’ Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in ‘Moonstone’

Cream Highlighter:

Benefit’s ‘Watt’s Up’ and MAC’s cream colour base in ‘Luna’ (but I also use it in ‘Pearl’)

Make up setting spray/face spray:

Pixi Glow Mist and Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist

Sparkly setting powder:

Laura Mercier setting powder in ‘Star Dust’


How To Apply:

So you’ve done all your eye/face makeup and now it’s highlighter time. First, apply the cream highlighter. I dab ‘Watts Up’ on the top of my cheekbones and above my brow bones.

Then, sweep some powder highlighter onto where you’ve dabbed the cream highlighter. I additionally put the powder highlighter on the end of my nose, on my chin and on my cupid’s bow.

Then, spray your brush and face lightly with a face spray (think Pixi Glow Tonic or Mac Charged Water/Fix +). Then, with the slightly damp brush, layer a different (or, just more of the same) powder highlighter over everywhere you’ve already highlighted.

Then, take a large powder brush (I use Real Techniques Bold Metals in 103) and sweep a sparkly setting powder (like the Laura Mercier one above) over everywhere you’ve highlighted (or, all over your face if you want to be a disco ball).

Then, spray with some makeup fixing mist to keep it fresh all day. The more layers of a ‘water’ type substance (fixing mist, glow water etc) you spray over it, the more poppin’ the highlight will be.

So there ya go! Go forth and glow.

Amelia x

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