There’s nothing better than using a highlighter to make your skin glow - other than fantastic skincare. However, sometimes you need to fake it until you make it. That’s where a highlighter palette comes in.
What’s the Best Highlighter for Me?
It depends on your skin type and how high or low maintenance you are. A cream highlighter is a great place to start for beginners - you can apply and blend them with your hands, with no fancy highlighter brush required.
If you’re ready to level up your highlighter skills, a powder highlighter is the best way to go. However, one warning - it’s easy to overapply powder! Here’s our pro makeup tip: tap off the excess before applying it to your face when using anything powder. It's easy to build up a radiant glow but harder to take off too much product once applied.
Liquid highlighters are the type of highlighter that’s the most finicky (but can look the most natural). Because they’re so fluid, it’s tempting to pump them straight into your face. However, that’s an easy way to look more like the tin man than create a natural glow!
Always pump liquid highlighter to the back of your hand first - from there, you can use your favourite beauty tool, sponge, or even a clean fingertip to apply and blend for a lit-from-within luminosity.
Another thing to be aware of is your skin tone. Cool-toned, silvery highlighters are best suited to fairer skin, while they can look harsh or unnatural on deep, warm skin tones. Warmer champagne golds to bronze are the best highlighter shades to complement warmer skin tones - highlighter is for everyone from the fairest to the deepest skin tones!
The caveat with highlighters is that they can accentuate texture - so keep this particular product away from any crow’s feet or other texture on your skin!
How to Choose a Highlighter Brush
A fluffy, slightly tapered brush is the best for applying highlighter (if you want to go down the brush route). Your highlighter brush should sweep just the right amount of product onto the skin while being small enough to apply your highlighter exactly where you want it!
Highlighter Palette Vs. Compact: What’s the Difference?
If you’re trying to decide which type of powder highlighter to get, you might find yourself choosing between a palette and a single powder compact. The truth is, it’s entirely up to you - a highlighter palette gives you more options and sometimes comes with bronzer and blush so you can create an entire look with just one palette.
Plus, having everything in one is super travel-friendly - especially if you want to save space for souvenirs!
A single highlighter compact has just one flattering, radiant shade of highlighter - however, if you’ve chosen the right shade that perfectly suits your skin, you’ll never get tired of it - we promise.