If there’s one beauty mantra we live by, it’s there’s no such thing as too much highlighter. For real, we don’t limit highlighter to our cheekbones, we use it everywhere from our lips to our eyes to our body. It’s our not-so-secret weapon, and when applied strategically, highlighter can completely transform your face all while amping up your glow game too. Here are our pro highlighter tips and hacks:
Tip 1. Layer different highlighter tones and textures
Before we get into the pro tips, we’re going to cover the basics: tones and textures. There are three common textures; cream, powder, and liquid highlighters, all of which provide a slightly different finish. Cream and liquid highlighters often have a softer, more natural finish compared to a powder, which tends to be more dramatic. For seriously poppin’ highlighter, use a cream or liquid highlighter first, then layer it up with a highlighter powder on top, using a fan brush.
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When choosing a highlighter shade, choose one that’s roughly two to four shades lighter than your foundation. If you have fair skin, a pink-hued highlighter looks super pretty, and for olive and deeper skin tones, golden and bronze shades look divine. Our Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Collection offers a snatched highlighter for every skin tone: Pink Sands for fair to medium skin tones, Golden Sands for medium and tan skin tones, and Bronze Sands for tan to rich skin tones.
Tip 2. Mix highlighter into your foundation
To take your foundation from a matte to dewy finish, mix in a little cream or liquid highlighter – it leaves your skin looking so radiant, we’re obsessed! On a mixing palette – or on the back of your hand – add a few drops of liquid highlighter or cream, then blend it in with your foundation. Once it’s blended completely, apply your foundation as usual. We love to use the L’Oreal Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops, $15; they leave your skin looking sooooo glowy!
Tip 3. Use highlighter to make your eyes look bigger
To instantly make your eye look bigger and more awake, apply a bright highlighter powder onto the inner corners of your eyes to open them up. You can also add a little on the very center of the lid to make your eyes pop. Finally, apply highlighter to your brow bone, directly under the tail end of your brows to create the illusion of a lifted brow.
Tip 4. Make your own highlighting setting powder
Why set your makeup with a regular setting powder, when you can customize your own to give yourself a major glow-up? By taking a tiny amount of shimmer powder like the L’Oréal Shimmerista Highlighting Powder, $15, and combining it with a little loose setting powder, you’ll create the ultimate glow-giving setting powder. Mix the powders together in the lid then dust your new formula across your face to set your foundation as you usually would. Be careful with this shimmer, as a little goes a long way.
Tip 5. Combine your highlighter and setting spray
One of our all-time fave hacks is combining the beauty powers of highlighter and setting spray. The end result? Your skin has a stunning glow that stays in place all day long. Start by spraying a generous amount of setting spray onto a beauty blender, then dab it a cream highlighter. Blot the infused blender all over your face, starting with the areas you’d usually highlight and then dab the excess to lock in your look and add a dewy glow all over. Our go-to products for this are our Resting Boss Face Setting Spray, and the cream highlighter from our 3D Highlighter palettes.
Tip 6. Use highlighter on your Cupid’s bow
By adding a little shimmer to your Cupid’s bow (the top center of your lips) you’ll create a subtle lift and make them appear fuller. We love to use a champagne-toned highlighter and apply it with our fingers or a small brush along the Cupid’s bow. You can also add a little to the center of your lower lip to make it appear fuller.
Tip 7. Use highlighter all over your body
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When we said we don’t limit ourselves, we weren’t exaggerating. We apply highlighter all over our body! On a daily basis, we dust a little on our shoulders and décolletage to achieve that sun-kissed glow. But for full glam, we sometimes mix a small amount of liquid highlighter or powder into our body lotion. We’re so obsessed with this hack that we created the ultimate, all-over body highlighter, our Huda Beauty N.Y.M.P.H., $49, it creates an insane glow that blurs imperfections and adds a stunning, sun-kissed tint to the skin, and it comes in three shades.
For more makeup tips, check out 19 foundation hacks you need to know here.