Highlighter has, over the past few years, become an essential part of every makeup collection. We aren’t all born with that lit-from-within glow, so most of us have to fake it till we make it. And while we can all go a bit overboard at times, a lot of people don’t apply the product correctly and end up looking like a shiny hot mess.
No thanks! Here are five common highlighter mistakes we all need to stop immediately.
1 Not using a primer first
Using a good primer is important if you are wearing makeup – period. This helps to protect your skin and also keep your product in place – so your primer game really needs to be on point. It will also even out your complexion and skin texture so that you don’t draw any unwanted attention to pimples and imperfections that you would rather keep ‘in the dark’.
2 Applying too much
We get it – you luuuuurve highlighter. We do too, but as the old saying goes, there is such a thing as *too much* of a good thing. The objective is to look dewy and make your cheekbones appear sharp and angular. By putting shimmery product ALL over your face, you are not going to achieve this look. Going crazy with the brush means that you will probably end up looking oily or sweaty. Remember, less is more and go slow on the glow.
3 Applying it in the wrong places
The aim of highlighter is to add some shine to the parts of your face that would naturally be hit by the sun’s rays. So where should you be putting it? On your cheekbones (above your blush), your brow bone, the bridge and tip of your nose and your chin. To make your lips look bigger, you can also dot a small amount above your top lip, and in the inner corners of your eyes to make your eyes appear brighter. Anywhere else, and you’re heading for dangerously dazzling territory.
4 Not matching your shades
If you are going to a festival and have no cares in the world, feel free to go crazy with colour. If you want to look well put together, try match the shade of your highlighter to the rest of your makeup. If you are wearing lipstick and eyeshadow that is either on the cool or warm end of the spectrum, it would look a whole lot more flattering if you choose a highlighter that teams with your overall theme.
5 Going into product overkill
Many people wear makeup not to look like they are caked in the stuff but to emphasise the good, hide the bad and just look like a better version of themselves. While makeup artists can get away with using a ton of different product and still have the end result be ‘natural’, most everyday wearers aren’t as lucky. This means it’s a good idea to hold back on the bronzer and heavy foundation if you want to use a lot of highlighter. Just a thought.
Glow, baby, glow!
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