It’s all about the glow, but this season, it’s bigger than ever. Time and time again, the number one beauty trend is flawless, radiant skin. And why wouldn’t it be? A youthful, healthy complexion is always in style. While the glass skin trend is a long-term skin goal, a little highlighter can instantly fake brightness, height and dimension. Here’s our rundown of the best highlighters and where to apply them.
Tip and bridge of nose:
To give the illusion of a higher and thinner nose, glide a highlight stick (Guerlain Terracotta Skin Highlighting Stick for a more natural look, or Too Faced Unicorn Highlighting Stick for a more pearlescent dramatic look) from the bridge to the tip of your nose to accentuate the length. The highlighter will catch the light to open up the face.
Dab a tiny amount right above the upper lip in the “V” hollow with a small brush or even your fingertip (YSL Beauté Touche Éclat All Over Brightening Pen or By Terry Touche Veloutée). Doing so will enhance the volume and shape of the lips, and really make your lipstick pop.
Below and above the eyebrow:
To open up your eyes and add more definition to your brows, blend a small amount of powder highlighter right underneath the arch (Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette). A touch of shimmer can brighten up your eyes naturally. To enhance the eyes, a touch of highlighter (Chantecaille Lumière Rose) above is equally important as below the brows. As a result, the shape and colour of your brows will appear more prominent and defined.
If there’s one place on the face that can benefit most from a highlight, it’s the cheekbones. Not only can it give you an instant lift, but when using the right product (Diorskin Nude Air Powder, Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand or Pat McGrath Skin Fetish Highlighter & Balm Duo), it can also give you a naturally sun-kissed sheen. Swipe from your ear to the apple of your cheek using an angled brush and blend out. To contrast the highlight, adding a shadow in the hollows of the cheeks (Tom Ford Beauty Shade & Illuminate) which will create an even more intentional contour.
An often overlooked spot on your face when it comes to highlighting, the forehead is in fact just as important as any other part. A light touch on the highest point of your face exudes a delicate sheen. An ultra-fine shimmer can give off a nice dewy effect (Rihanna’s Fenty Diamond Bomb Veil or Illamasqua Beyond Powder in Frost).
Another seemingly unnecessary spot, a highlight to the chin can make it look more narrow. It can also help bring out the curves of the face to a delicate point that is in line with the popular V-shape face, while also slimming the jawline (M.A.C. Hyper Real Glow Palette/Get Lit or Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Trio Palette).