Your Essential Guide To Applying Highlighter

Your Essential Guide To Applying Highlighter

Highlighter, if applied correctly, can really transform your makeup look and enhance features on your face, making your look more polished and flawless. With several make up trends coming out each season, it can sometimes be overwhelming and confusing. Our beauty experts have put together this guide on where to apply highlighter, how to apply highlighter makeup and tips on putting highlighter on your face to enhance your features and up your makeup game.

Areas To Apply Highlighter On Your Face And Body

Depending on the look you are going for, you can apply highlighter to different areas of your face and body to create the perfect glowy makeup look.

Highlighter For A Natural Look

For a natural, sunkissed look, apply the highlight to the high points of your face where the sun would naturally hit if you were out on the beach for a day. This is usually at the top of your cheekbones, the tip of your nose and the centre of your forehead. It’s important to keep in mind that if you are aiming for a more natural makeup look, to have a light hand when it comes to highlighting so it is not too intense.

Another hack to get the natural lit from within look, would be to mix a liquid highlighter in with your favourite foundation or as a base under your foundation. This will create a subtle glow to your skin and enhance the makeup that is applied on top. 

Highlighter For Contouring

Looking for tips on where to apply highlighter for contouring? You've come to the right place! No more asking yourself “where do I put highlighter?” as we’ve got it covered. 

The most popular area to apply highlighter for instant results in terms of contouring is on the nose. Using our pressed powder highlighters, applying a little bit of the product on the tip of the nose, creates the illusion of a more narrower and defined nose shape. To take your makeup a step further, apply your powder highlighter in a downwards direction starting from the top of your nose. By doing this, it makes the nose look more elongated and lifts the features on your face. 

Using highlighter as a tool to lift and accentuate areas of the face is one of our favourite steps in our makeup routines as it transforms the face and elevates the makeup look, taking it from 1 to 100.

Highlighter To Make Your Lips Look Plump

We all want bigger lips without committing to botox or fillers, are we right ladies and gents? Thanks to this handy highlighter hack, you can fake the illusion of bigger, juicer, plumper lips in just a few seconds.

After your base makeup has been applied and your skin is looking flawless, apply your favourite powder highlighter to your cupid's bow and the centre of your bottom lip. The cupid’s bow area is a popular choice when it comes to highlighting, but applying the highlight on to your lip and on top of your lipstick, you will be taking it to the next level.

Highlighter To Enhance Your Eyes And Eyebrows

If you are looking to add more depth into your next make up look, why not add a touch of highlighter to the inner corner of your eyes? By doing so you will bring light into this area and add a bit of drama that your eye look was craving! This paired with a slick cat eye liner look would be the perfect combination for a night out or weekend get up.

Want a brow bone highlighter to exaggerate your brows and make them pop? The perfect way to do this is by applying highlighter right under the brow bone. By applying your highlighter under your brows, it makes your eyes look more doe-eyed and gives the brows an instant lift. Our highlighter collection offers the perfect pigmented highlighter powders, which can be built up to create a more intense look. 

Highlighter On Your Body

Applying highlighter doesn’t have to stop at your face. Especially during warmer months or on special occasions, applying highlighter to your shoulders and collarbones can really enhance the outfit you are wearing and make your décolletage look like you’ve got that supermodel glow.

There are several tutorials on how to do this successfully and ensure you are enhancing this area rather than the opposite. We recommend practicing and taking time to ensure that you have perfected this technique before showcasing it at the next big event. 

Highlighter Tips For Your Next Zoom Meeting

Since going on a night out is likely to be in the distant future, why not use your powder highlighter techniques on your next Zoom meeting? Whether it is a professional call, meeting or a social session with your family or friends, we’ve got a few tips on how to apply your highlighter for a video call.

Apply the highlighter to your inner corners to make you look more awake and perky, which is perfect for those 9am team meetings! Next, add a touch of highlighter to your cheekbones to give your face a more lifted look and to make an instant difference in your appearance. Finally, apply a wash of highlighter to your temples. This will make you look like you have a healthy glow and will sculpt your face.

Choosing The Right Highlighter And Shade

With several highlighters on the market with major claims, it’s important you choose a highlighter that is reliable and suits your skin complexion too. The Lick and Lash highlighters are formulated to last on the skin all day long, are handmade in the UK and are cruelty-free. We also have a selection of shades to choose from and so there is something for every skin tone.

If your skin suits warmer shades more, apply a highlighter that has a gold undertone. Generally speaking, if you tend to suit shades such as orange, coral, olive green or peach, you have a warm undertone. Whereas, if you suit blue, lavender, pink and grey tones, your skin has a cooler undertone, which means silver or more blue-toned highlighters will complement your skin.

There are so many different highlighter makeup sets out there, from highlighter kits dedicated for your face and base makeup, liquid highlighter collections, highlighters for the brows and eyes and even highlighters for your body.

Our collection ranges from shades of shimmering blue, silver, frosted pink and golden glow, which cover every base when it comes to highlighter needs and are suited to all skin tones. You’ll be glowing like never before with our range of handmade highlighters.

Our best selling highlighter is the Pressed Highlighter Powder in Trust Fund. It is a beautifully fine pigment powder with glow and shimmer particles in a universally suitable shade that is not too warm or cool toned and has a perfect balance.

What To Use To Apply Your Highlighter

There are several tools you can use to apply your highlighter. It’s all dependent on personal preference, comfort and what finish you want to achieve. If you are looking for tools to help put highlighter on your face, here is everything you need to know. 

If you apply your highlighter using a fan brush, you will be creating a more precise look due to the shape of the brush and the bristles being in a line formation. For even more precision, you can choose to apply your powder highlighter with a fluffy eyeshadow brush. This will allow you to get into more detail, such as in the inner corner, the tip of the nose or on the cupid bow. 

For a more diffused look, apply your highlighter using a tapered blush brush. This will create a more natural makeup look and is more travel friendly, as you don’t have to take multiple brushes with you. You can also use a blending sponge to apply your highlighter, but this may not give you precision or the finish you desire and works well with liquid highlighters only. 

With a lot of brushes to think about, our Makeup Brush Set is a great place to start, with 15 professional brushes, you can ensure a flawless makeup application every time.

How Can Lick And Lash Help You?

We hope this guide helps you up your highlighter application game and inspires your next makeup look. No need to worry about where to apply highlighter or how to apply highlighter, because you know everything there is to know now!

Don’t forget to tag @LickAndLash in your Instagram posts if you try out any of our products, tips or hacks. Don’t forget to shop our highlighter collection here and get glowing!