What is a highlighter and why is it needed
Surely many have noticed that the faces of models and celebrities on Instagram and secular photo reports look well-groomed, as if they had just left the beautician's office. However, in most cases, this effect is achieved with makeup. Highlighter is a cosmetic product that adds radiance to the skin with reflective glitter particles. Also, the highlighter gives volume to individual parts of the face. All together makes you look fresher.
Highlighters primarily differ in texture. They are dry (pressed like powder), creamy, liquid, and also in the form of a cushion. The latter is still a new format that is mainly represented among Korean brands, but it can also be found at Estée Lauder. In addition, highlighters differ in shades: cold (with white / blue particles) and warm (with pink / golden particles). By the way, the size of the sparkling particles also distinguishes one highlighter from another.
Which to choose
For daytime makeup, you should choose a creamy highlighter with as small particles as possible. It is with him that you will be able to create the effect of natural skin lightening, and not a disco-style shine. When choosing a shade, focus on your skin tone. If you have a pinkish skin tone, then opt for a highlighter with pink pigment and particles. Highlights with cool white pigments and particles are ideal for very fair skinned people, and can also be used in makeup for professional photography.
Dry highlighters can also be used for a casual tank-top, but with a bit of care. They lay down more tightly and sloppily, scattering due to application with a brush over the entire face. In addition, dry highlighters look spectacular exclusively on healthy skin. If you have uneven terrain, acne or post-acne, such a remedy will only accentuate the bumps and grooves.
By the way, a liquid highlighter is usually used as a primer, applied after a day cream under a foundation to give a radiance to the entire face.
How and where to apply
The highlighter should be used strictly on those parts of the face that need to be emphasized. That is, on the cheekbones, in the corners of the eyes, on the back of the nose, highlight the "tick" above the upper lip, the area under the eyebrow and above it.
Cream and liquid highlighters are the easiest and most convenient to apply: use a beauty blender or fingertips and apply the product with a hammering motion. A dry highlighter is best applied with a barrel brush or a damp sponge (for even thicker coverage).
6 proven highlighters
Cream highlighter Hush, MAC
There are a few things to consider when choosing a highlighter: hue and texture. Liquid and cream formats help create a lighter and more natural finish. This creamy highlighter is moderately firm, but melts on contact with the skin and helps to achieve a "second skin" effect. With all the lightness of the texture, the product is highly pigmented, which is very convenient when creating different images. For daytime make-up, it is enough to apply the product in one layer with hammer-in movements of the fingertips, and for an evening look, you can safely layering the highlighter for a denser result.
Cream-highlighter Moonstone, Becca
One of the main favorites of many professional makeup artists. It has a very light texture with fine, luminous particles to help create a natural glow from the inside out. Also, this highlighter is quite versatile and can be used as a primer (just add a few drops to your day cream) and a body illuminator. The last function is worth mentioning separately: using this tool, you can create the effect of a Hollywood tan. Apply highlighter to the prominent parts of the legs and collarbones to create a bumpy appearance.
Stick-highlighter Chardonnay Shimmer, NYX
A convenient and affordable tool that, thanks to its stick format, is also very economical. With the help of such a "pencil", you can safely draw lines where you need to highlight the skin, and then shade their borders with your fingertips or a beauty blender. This shade is almost universal. However, for those with very fair skin, it is better to choose the colder option.
Shine BB Cream Brush, Dr Jart +
Another product that does not have an aggressive glow, but a natural glow and makes the skin even more well-groomed. Thanks to the brush format, this highlighter cream can draw wide lines on the protruding parts of the cheekbones, as well as carefully draw a checkmark above the upper lip and highlight the bridge of the nose. For all its highlighter functions, this product can also be used as a BB cream and it even has SPF30 sun protection.
Liquid highlighter High Beam, Benefit
The pearl pink shade of this highlighter gives the skin a porcelain doll-like glow. For a light glow, you need to distribute literally a couple of drops with your fingertips. An additional difference of this tool is the presence of a travel version, which can be put in any purse and add glow throughout the day.
Morning Light, Lumene
The incredibly delicate pink shade of the product gives the skin a moist glow. The highlighter can be applied pointwise to prominent areas of the face, and can also be used as a primer. In the latter case, the result is pleasantly unexpected: an even tone, as if after processing in a photo editor.>