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Oops! These Highlighter Mistakes May Be The Reasons You Don't Get The Glow That You Want

Plus, how to fix them!
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It's been a few years since the glass skin trend dominated our Instagram feeds and since then, we've been trying to recreate the lewk on our faces. If we can't achieve it with an extensive 10-step skincare routine, we cheat a little bit and use ~highlighters~. When done correctly, it can give you a beautiful sheen that will make you look like you just spent a few minutes under the sun. It can be pretty easy to mess up, though, so it does require some practice and finesse.

Below, we listed down the most common mistakes when using highlighter and how exactly you can fix them:

  1. You put on too much product.

    The goal is to score a natural sheen—putting too much highlighter on can make your glow appear unnatural and greasy.

    Solution: Mix an illuminating or strobing cream with your foundation.

    If you struggle with scoring a natural glow, a good alternative to powder highlighter is strobing cream. Mix it with your favorite foundation to create a fresh, dewy base. 

    Maybelline Master Strobing Cream, P399, Lazada


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  2. You struggle when applying highlighter.

    This is not exactly a mistake, but we'd like to help you out in this department. Working with highlighter has a learning curve, and it can be difficult to grasp at first. There are a lot of things to consider, such as the formula, the shade, where you're going to apply it, and how much product you need.

    Solution: Opt for a strobe stick.

    ICYDK, a strobe stick is a highlighter housed in a more convenient and beginner-friendly packaging. Just swipe it on your cheekbones + the tip of your nose and gently dab to blend out the product.

    Careline Strobe Stick, P199, Lazada


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  3. You use the incorrect shade for your skin tone.

    Highlighter isn't a "one-size-fits-all" type of product. The right shade can make you look like a gleaming goddess, but the wrong one can cause your complexion to appear ashy.

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    Solution: Check your skin's undertone first.

    Once you know your undertone, shopping for makeup will be so much easier because you immediately know the colors that will work for you! (Check out this guide to find yours.) Generally speaking, if you're on the fair side, choose a pink-hued highlighter; peach for those with medium skin tones; and bronze or champagne if you're morena.

  4. You sweep it on the wrong places.

    Placement is everything when it comes to applying highlighter. Putting it on the wrong ares can emphasize things you're trying to ~hide~, such as pores or pimples

    Solution: Learn where to apply highlighter.

    To make your face look lifted, apply highlighter on the following areas: On top of your cheekbones, cupid's bow, inner corners of the eyes, tip of your nose, and the brow bone. For a visual guide, refer to this face map.

  5. You're not particular with your makeup brush.

    Using any tool you see when applying highlighter won't give you the perfect application you're aiming for. You also run the risk of putting too much, especially if your makeup brush is *too* big.

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    Solution: Invest in a fluffy tapered complexion brush.

    When putting on highlighter, it's best to use a fluffy tapered complexion brush. Its smaller tip allows you to concentrate on the important areas, such as your cheekbones and the tip of your nose. (P.S. Here's a guide to ~all~ the makeup brushes you'll ever need.)

    Sigma Beauty F35 Tapered Highlighter Brush, P1,495, Sephora


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  6. You're not sure of the right formula for your skin type.

    Highlighters come in a variety of formulas, such as liquid, cream, powder, and gel. While using the correct type can make you look fresh and blooming, the wrong one can emphasize your pores or make your complexion look greasy.

    Solution: Find the correct formula for your skin type.

    If you've got oily skin, use a powder highlighter. If you experience dry patches, go for a liquid or cream formula. If you have a normal skin type, you can use any of the above!

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    EB Advance Glow-Out Highlighter, P299, Lazada


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