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How to apply a Highlighter

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SKIN TYPE

If you have youthful, wrinkle-free and blemish-free skin and want a dewy look, take a luminiser and mix it with your liquid foundation. This will give your whole face a dewy look. I do not recommend this for people that have oily or acne/blemish prone skin. If you have oily skin, your skin might seem even more oilier. If you have acne and/or blemishes, they will probably stand out more.

NATURAL GLOWY SKIN

When choosing a highlighter color, you must make sure that it complements your skin tone. The highlighter color should give a “natural shine” as if your skin is naturally glowing. There are “4 skin tones” which we will look at to determine the perfect highlighter color.

For paler skin, I would recommend an eggshell color or a soft gold color.

For medium skin, anything from soft golds to a rosy golden color.

For dark skin, a deep gold color or bronzes.

For very dark skin, a dark shimmery chocolate color would be best.

WHERE TO HIGHLIGHT

When highlighting it’s important to know your skin. Don’t highlight any areas of your skin that you don’t want attention on. The most common areas are:

  1. Forehead
  2. Nose bridge
  3. Cheek bones
  4. Inner eye
  5. Brow bone
  6. Cupid’s bow (above top lips)

1. FOREHEAD

Applying a highlighter to the center of your forehead will give you a youthful look. This is great for dry skin. Avoid applying a highlighter on this area if you have blemishes or oily skin.

2. NOSE BRIDGE

Apply a highlighter on your nose, but avoid the tip of your nose. If you have a longer nose, just apply a darker shade of foundation on the tip of your nose. If your nose looks too broad, apply a dark foundation along each side of your nose.

3. CHEEK BONES

Apply the highlighter above your blush on the top of your cheek bones. I would recommend using a fan brush, to avoid applying to much highlighter on your cheek bones. Only apply a small amount of highlighter.

4. INNER EYE

Applying a highlighter to the inner eye (tear duct) area will brighten your eyes and give you a youthful effect.

5. BROW BONE

Apply a thin line of highlighter along the last part of your brow. Avoid spreading it all over your brow bone, since this can seem unnatural or even give you an aged or puffy eye effect.

6. CUPID’S BOW

Apply a highlighter to your cupid’s bow to make your lips seem fuller. You can also apply a darker foundation under your lower lip to make your lower lips seem fuller.

Thanks for reading!

Hope this will help you with how, what and why to highlight.

Written by: CopyCat

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