Before I talk all things application, it’s important to understand the point of highlighter. The reason of using highlighter is to emphasize your features. Highlighter catches the light, adds dimension to your complexion, and provides an overall glow that it should be used as a means to play up certain features and provide dull skin with a gorgeous glow. As a general rule, you can apply highlighter to the top of the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, cupids bow, chin, brow and inner corner of your eyes. When it comes to highlighting and that different formulas yield different results.
I love a versatile product, and a cream highlighter is just that. A cream stick is compact, can be applied with a brush or fingers, and of course, can be used for more than just highlighting (more on that later). Cream highlights look so fresh and natural, blending seamlessly with your skin. The pearlescent, creamy texture of a product like NARS The Multiple in Copacabana ($39) not only gives the skin a gorgeous glow but also reflects and refracts light to give a luminous finish to the areas that the product is applied to.
When it comes to applying a cream, using our hands is a foolproof way to achieve a beautiful glow. I enjoy using my hands and tapping a cream highlighter into the skin so it looks like its a part of the skin and not just laying on top. Your best tools are always your fingers. You can really work with and move around creams, so I feel like they are easier to use. Tap the product gently with two fingers above and below the brow, the high planes of the cheek and the bridge of the nose. Remember to pat your creams into your skin and not rub them in a side-to-side motion.
The pros who swear by a liquid highlighter agree that its texture gives skin a more natural look. For a subtle glow, use liquid highlighters, as they will provide soft natural glow and it’s easy everyday use. I recommend Smashbox Halo Highlighting Wand ($29) for an easy-to-use option that requires zero brushes or sponges. This highlighter will illuminate and give you a dewy fresh-skin look that is super easy to apply as it comes with a built-in brush, so all you have to do is click and glow.
If you’re looking for a more pigmented look, The Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting Highlighter from Kevyn Aucoin is a kit staple. It glides on beautifully like a cream product, and I love the champagne-honey tone it has when it reflects. For application, a liquid is so versatile that it can be applied with a sponge or a brush, depending on how comfortable you are with the tool. He also suggests using your hands or mixing it with creams or other makeup. I mix it with moisturizer for the face or body—its fantastic!
Tell me what is your highlight staple!!