How to use a highlighter correctly: makeup artist’s tips and main mistakes

We reveal the secrets of applying a highlighter and the main mistakes in its use.

Как правильно пользоваться хайлайтером: советы визажиста и главные ошибки

Strobing, contouring, and baking — it is impossible to do them qualitatively without a highlighter. However, even if you are not going to “sculpt” your face by drawing chiaroscuro on it, it would be nice to know what a highlighter is and how to use it. After all, there is no easier way to refresh your face than to add a couple of gentle highlights to it in the right places. However, to do everything right, first you need to know exactly how to do it. Angelina Oparina, makeup artist of Rouge Bunny Rouge, told everything you need to know about this remedy, and also showed how and where to apply it.

Как правильно пользоваться хайлайтером: советы визажиста и главные ошибки

What are the highlighters

The common goal of all types of highlighters is to give the face a fresh and rested look. What does it mean? First, improve the complexion. Secondly, visually align the surface of the skin. Third, create the right accents in makeup. Fourth, to give the skin radiance. There are three types of highlighter textures: liquid, creamy and compact (dry). The first two options are best suited for owners of dry skin. The latter is for the bold and combined type.

To date, highlighters are represented by a rich palette of various shades. The choice of color depends on the purpose and the desired effect. If you need to refresh your complexion, give preference to a white, pink or lilac palette. If you want to emphasize the tan, then choose a bronze shade. In general, it is better to use compact, dry white highlighters to correct the shape of the face.   

Как правильно пользоваться хайлайтером: советы визажиста и главные ошибки

How to use Highlighter

There are several ways to apply highlighters: spot and on the whole skin. A liquid texture product can be mixed with a foundation and applied to the entire face, which will create an actual “glow from the inside” effect. One small drop of highlighter will be enough for the usual amount of toning agent. The second way is to select certain zones (which ones, we will show below).

The highlighter can also be used as an independent tool. If the form is liquid or creamy, the highlighter can be applied over the foundation, the final coating is powder. If the texture is compact, dry, then the product is applied over foundation and powder. The general rule for all highlighter textures, if they are used independently: the application area is the cheekbones and the central part of the face.

Как правильно пользоваться хайлайтером: советы визажиста и главные ошибки

The main mistakes in using the highlighter:

  • Applying a liquid texture highlighter over powder;
  • Applying a highlighter as an independent remedy to the entire surface of the face;
  • Incorrect shade selection.

The stages of applying the highlighter:

Как правильно пользоваться хайлайтером: советы визажиста и главные ошибки

Before

Как правильно пользоваться хайлайтером: советы визажиста и главные ошибки

After

  1. First, the skin must be prepared for applying makeup. Clean and moisturize it. Give the cream a few minutes to soak in.

  2. Then do everything as usual: makeup base, foundation, concealer and concealer, if needed. Pay special attention to various imperfections — all pimples, vascular meshes, pigment spots must be carefully masked, otherwise the highlighter will only emphasize them.

  3. When everything is ready, start working with the highlighter. Apply it to the area under the eyes and under the eyebrow to hide dark circles and make the look fresh and open. Walk along the back of the nose and leave a little bit of the product on the chin.

  4. To make your lips expressive, put a sparkling dot on the Cupid’s arc. Blend it.

You will need:

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