1. Pick a FormulaFirst up, decide which highlighter texture you want: a dewy, lightweight liquid or a high-pigment powder? We’re breaking down the pros of both to help you make the right choice for your cheekbones…
Liquid Highlighter: A glow-giving liquid is the over-achiever of your makeup bag. You can wear it as a primer, mix it in with your foundation or tap it only on the places where you want to catch the light. Go for liquid if you’re all about soft, sheer, subtle strobing that makes you look like you’re naturally this luminous. We’re obsessed with Insta Strobing Highlighter, teamed with a dewy foundation.
Powder: High-impact highlighting requires a shimmery powder and a fanned-out makeup brush. Try the Kate Highlighting Palette; a highlighter set that holds three radiant shades to get you gleaming from day to night. Lasting Radiance Powder (right) is also your pick if ‘shine bright like a diamond’ is basically your motto, because it’s seriously illuminating and can be built up to a major glow.
2. Find Your ShadeNext, choose a highlighter to suit your skin tone. Both Insta Strobing (left) and Lasting Radiance Powder offer up three adaptable, shimmering shades, so you can find your perfect match.
If you have light or fair skin, shade 001 of the powder or the Pink Glow liquid will add a pop of champagne-y shimmer that says, ‘I get eight hours of sleep every night’. The dream. Gold Glow or shade 002 of the powder will also add a sun-kissed effect to fair complexions, while looking equally f-l-a-w-l-e-s-s on olive and medium skin tones. Reach for Bronze Glow or Lasting Radiance Powder in 003 if you’re giving dark or deep skin the ultimate glow-up. The hints of bronze, copper and terracotta in the powder will look next-level luminous.
3. Where to HighlightLet’s get glowing. Grab a fanned makeup brush for your highlighting powder or use fingers to apply the liquid, then tap pigment on the highest points of your face after smoothing on foundation. For an everyday look, start with the tops of cheekbones, making sure you focus on the cheek only, without straying too far into the under-eye area. Press shimmer on the inner corners of your eyes for an eye-awakening effect, then apply just a touch to the cupid’s bow to make lips look instantly fuller. If you’re amping up the highlight for a night-out vibe, apply your illuminator to the brow bones, too, and a very small amount down the bridge of the nose for a contoured look.
4. Where Not to HighlightUnless ‘disco ball’ is your aesthetic, you can go too far with applying highlighter, and there are a few spots you should skip when you’re getting your glow on. While it’s good to wear illuminators all over when they’re mixed in with your foundation (this softens the shimmer), avoid tapping them directly onto your temples, the centre of your forehead, the sides of your nose or your jawline. Highlighter is attention-grabbing, so you should only wear it on the places that you want to stand out. That’s why we’re all about lighting up those cheeks, eyes and lips.
5. Turn Up the GlowReady to take your highlighter higher? Try these tricks for insane levels of luminosity…
- Apply the powder over the top of the liquid for a highlight you can see from outer space. Not only will the powder up the dewy sparkle on your cheekbones, but the layering will make your glow last longer, too.
- For all-over luminosity, mix a drop of liquid highlighter with one pump of foundation, then mix them on the back of your hand before blending onto skin. You can try this hack with your primer, too.
- If you’re into highlighter for your body, sweep Lasting Radiance Powder on the tops of your shoulders, your collarbones and down the centre of your shins for head-to-toe radiance. You can also add a few drops of Insta Strobing to SunShimmer Instant Tan (left), instantly transforming it into a ‘glotion’ that has that bronze goddess look down.