How To Use Every Kind Of Highlighter Properly

Whether it's liquid, cream, or powder.

If you’re looking to step up your makeup game, we recommend adding a highlighter to your routine.

Highlighters—sometimes called luminizers—are products used to brighten the face and bring out features. They’re the complete opposite of sculpting powders, because they draw light onto the face instead of creating shadows to recede certain areas. The goal of highlighters is to make you look like you’re glowing and "lit from within"—not like you’re a sparkly vampire from Twilight.

There are three types of highlighters that are widely available in the market: liquid, cream, and powder. Here’s a quick guide on how to use both:

Liquid Highlighter

What is it?

Liquid highlighters are very pigmented. They have a slightly thinner consistency than liquid foundation. Sometimes, makeup artists add a few drops of liquid highlighter to foundation to give their clients a gorgeous glow all over. 

How do you apply it?

After smoothing on your foundation, dot the liquid highlighter along the high points of your face—on top of your cheekbones, bridge of the nose, and Cupid’s bow—and then blend it in using your fingers or a makeup sponge. Doing so will make you look like you’re naturally glowing. 

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Try: Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in Peach Light, price available upon request, Watsons 

Powder Highlighter 

What is it?

Powder highlighters are packaged like regular pressed powders, only they’re loaded with shimmer to illuminate your face.

How do you apply it?

Use a medium-sized fluffy brush or fan brush to dust the powder on the high points of your face. Remember to select a brush with natural hair so that it can pick up products better. 

Try: MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle, P2,200, SM Aura 

Cream Highlighter

What is it?

Cream highlighters either come in pot or stick forms. They’re usually a little thick, but glide onto the skin smoothly. 

How do you apply it?

First pat on the products on the areas that you wish to highlight. Then take a stippling brush and stipple the product for an airbrushed effect. Doing this will diffuse the product evenly on your skin, so you won't have any harsh lines of lines of highlighter on your skin!

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Try: Benefit Watts Up, price available upon request, SM Megamall

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