If you're wary of the entire category of beauty products called highlighters, I understand. I used to feel that way, but I've since seen the light, and know that you will too if you give it a try! Highlighters do exactly what they sound like: They highlight certain areas of your face, bringing a little extra attention to places like your cheek and brow bones, and adding a subtle, but really pretty, overall glow to your face. Bee-yew-ti-ful!
Highlighters are definitely not something I use every day, just basically because I'm lazy, but they're a pretty easy way to amp up your beauty look. Here are five super easy ways to use highlighters:
1. On your cheekbones. This is probably the least intimidating place to start. Basically, highlighter goes above where you'd put your blush (the apples of your cheeks). It's just meant to brighten up that area and highlight your cheekbones. A light touch is all you need, and make sure you blend in.
Try: Benefit high beam luminescent complexion enhancer. I love this stuff! It's easy to use and really adds a pretty glow to your face. ($22 at BenefitCosmetics.com)
2. Just below your eyebrows. I'll confess I thought this trick was a load of hooey, but I once got a makeover from a professional makeup artist who swiped a little bit of a creamy highlighter stick just below my eyebrows, to accent my brow bones, and it looked REALLY GOOD! Like, the difference between doing it and not doing it was subtle but major.
Try: NYX Eyebrow Pushup Bra - Lift & Draw. How fab is the name of this product?! ($10.99 at Drugstore.com)
3. Brighten up your entire face. Sonia Kashuk makes a great, easy to use product called Chic Luminosity Highlighter Stick. ($10.99 at Target)
Here's a nifty little diagram showing how to use the product and where!
My advice to is try a little bit in one area, then step back and take a look before you add more. That way, you'll avoid going overboard. She also recommend using a fan brush to blend, but you can also just use your fingers.
4. Brighten up the inner corner of your eyes. Stephen Sollitto, the makeup artist behind Amy Adams' gorgeous, glowing Oscars skin, says this really makes a difference when you're getting your photo taken. Use a little bit of highlighter from the inner corner of your upper lash line to where your lower lash line starts. Sollitto says it doesn't have to be precise at all, but it makes a nice effect!
You can use a pencil like the NYX "push up" product above, or a liquid like the Benefit high beam, or something like the L'Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Magic Lumi Highlighter. ($10.97 at Walmart.com)
5. Use highlighter instead of blush. For this, try something like alicia silverstone for Juice Beauty Irresistible Glow Facial Highlighter This lovely product has a base of organic shea and coconut butter, so it goes on smooth and beautiful, plus it's packed with antioxidants that your skin will love. The creamy, peachy tint is really pretty and flattering; use it as blush, and/or smooth a little bit on your brow bones, chin, and cheekbones for a light, subtle glow. ($22 at BirchBox.com)
Do you use a beauty highlighter?
Image via Sonia Kashuk/Target.com