Whether you are a makeup newbie or have been painting your face for years now, highlighter is probably one of your most used products - who doesn’t like to glow like a goddess! From a subtle and natural looking glow from within look to a blinding highlight that keeps all eyes on you, highlighter is a great way to transform your face makeup. But did you know that there are some fun and unusual ways you can use this makeup product to level up your makeup game? Here are 6 highlighter tips and hacks that will help you go beyond just accentuating your cheekbones –
1. Create your own dewy face makeup product
Matte foundations are long-lasting, we get it, but sometimes it feels great to have a dewy face makeup that makes your skin look healthy and radiant. Mix a liquid highlighter with your foundation and apply it all over your face to add a subtle luminance. A tiny amount of highlighter should do the trick, but you can also increase the amount of highlighter you add to your foundation if you want the look of a radiant glass skin. For your no-makeup makeup days, an easy highlighter hack is to mix the liquid highlighter with your primer to blur the pores while adding a glow to your complexion. If certain parts of your face look too dewy, use a setting powder and apply it to strategic areas and leave the other parts glowy. Use the Maybelline Foundation Finder tool to find the perfect shade match for your powder for a flawless makeup base.
2. Get a plump pout
After you are done applying lip liner and lipstick, add some sparkle and shine to your lips by using a powder highlighter to the center of your lips. This not only makes your lip makeup look more glam but the highlighter also plays with light and helps you fake fuller looking lips.
3. Create a sparkly eyeliner
Want to add some extra oomph to your eye makeup? Once your eyeshadow and eyeliner are in place, trace over your crease, or follow along your lash line with a crisp line of highlighter to take your makeup to a whole new level. Use a flat, angled brush and dampen it with a setting spray before picking up the product and use this to draw lines on your eyelid just like you would with a gel eyeliner. While this highlighter hack will not have the same intense impact as a glittery eyeliner, it is perfect for adding a touch of sparkle to your eyes without going over the top.
4. Use it as an eyeshadow topper
Highlighters are great for using as eyeshadow toppers when you want to add a luminous glow to your eye makeup. Use your finger to pick up the product and gently pat it on the center of your eyelid, on top of your eyeshadow, to add some shiny reflects. If you want to tone down the glimmer and would like a light wash of shine instead, use a fluffy brush and dust the highlighter over the eyelid.
5. Make your eyes look more awake
This is a highlighter tip that you probably already know, but it doesn’t hurt to hear it one more time right – apply a soft champagne highlighter to the inner corner of your eyes to give the illusion of a bigger, brighter, and more awake eye. This highlighter application tip seems really simple but can make you look well-rested and fresh, even on days when you would much rather stay in bed with a warm cup of coffee. Avoid using highlighters that are white-toned or too dark as they will look unnatural when applied near the eyes. To make sure the highlighter flatters your skin tone and undertone, use the Maybelline Virtual Try On tool to test out different Maybelline highlighters and pick one that complements you.
6. Add a glow to your arms and legs
Who said that highlighter can only be used on your face? If you want to make the rest of your body look healthy and glowing, here is a quick baby oil and highlighter hack for you – mix a few drops of your liquid highlighter with a lightweight baby oil and massage it all over your arms and legs to make your skin look intensely hydrated and moisturized. If your outfit highlights your shoulders and décolletage, this is a great highlighter hack to create the illusion of well-defined collarbones and a glistening, sun-kissed complexion.
And there you have it, some fun and easy highlighter tips and hacks that you can use to get more bang for your buck!