Highlighters have found a way into every woman’s makeup kit and are here to stay. Just a few swipes of this product on the skin and you have that lit-from-within, radiant skin in an instant. Along with imparting your skin with a luminous glow all year round, highlighters can also make the darker area of your face, like the under eyes, brighter. The simplest way to apply highlighter for a natural, dewy look is to put it on the high points of your face, like your cheekbones, bridge of the nose, Cupid’s bow, center of the forehead and chin. These are the areas where the light hits your face naturally and the highlighter reflects the light giving you’re a reflective glow.
Highlighters come in numerous colours and textures. Just like foundation, not every highlighter is made for every skin tone. One size, or colour, does not fit all. If the highlighter colour is too light, you may look too dark and if it's heavily applied, you may end up looking like a frosted donut.
A general rule is finding a highlighter that is a few degrees lighter than your skin tone. It also depends on where you apply it. The goal when applying highlighter is to get a reflective dewy look that makes you look like you just moisturized your skin. You don’t want to be shiny or glittery. If the product gives your skin a slight sheen you’ve got it right, if you look covered in glitter or sickly, try another one again. While buying, always try the highlighter on the back of your hand and blend well. Try it on your face if you can.
Spotlight Multitasking Strobing Liquid is a subtle highlighter in a concentrated liquid form. The best thing about this highlighter is that it blends easily into the skin, lifting your natural glow. Just a few drops are enough to make your skin look fresh and radiant.
The best way to find a highlighter that's right for you is to look for a highlighter that's two shades lighter than your skin. That way, your glow will look natural and not like a disco ball (unless that's your thing). Just like the foundation, your highlighter should look like it's part of your skin and blend seamlessly to give a subtle sheen that is buildable.
Here are some tips on picking the right highlighter for your specific skin tone.
Iridescent shades are particularly nice on fair skin tones. Go for hues like lilac, peach, pearl, silver and champagne. Pink tones are another fabulous shade for fair skin tones. It’s best to avoid deep shades like bronze and copper as it may look loud and even fake on your skin.
Medium skin tone
Look for highlighters with peach or gold undertones. Hues like golden and champagne are best for medium to wheatish skin tones. Iridescent shades can also work but look for colors that have more warmth to them. Stay away from pink as it might come across harsh against your warm complexion.
Deeper skin tones
Lean towards rich golds, copper and bronze tones and avoid too much shimmer, as those can sometimes make you look ashy. Stay away from iridescent and frosty colours like pink as they may come across as grey instead of lit-form-within.