The Highlighter Guide

Using a highlighter is a great way to add a radiant and illuminated effect to your makeup look, especially during the cooler Winter months when we lack that warm dewy glow. Here's a step-by-step guide on how we like to apply highlighter ~

  1. Prep Your Skin: Begin with a clean, moisturised and primed face. Apply your foundation, concealer, and other base makeup as desired. Make sure your skin is smooth and even before moving on to highlighter.

  2. Choose the Right Highlighter: Select a highlighter shade that complements your skin tone. For fair skin, go for light champagne or pale pink shades. Medium skin tones can opt for peachy or golden hues, while deeper skin tones can be enhanced using rich gold or bronze shades.

  3. Tools: You can use a variety of tools to apply highlighter, including a makeup brush, a makeup sponge, or your fingers. We find using a fine brush to apply directly to the points we wish to highlight keeps things neat....then gently using our fingertips to warm the product into the skin, this will give a seamless blend and ensure you don't get harsh points of light.

  4. Application: Apply highlighter to the high points of your face where light naturally hits. These areas typically include:

    • Tops of your cheekbones: Start near the outer corner of your eyes and blend upwards towards your temples.
    • Bridge of your nose: Apply a thin line down the center of your nose for a subtle glow.
    • Cupid's bow: Highlight the area above your upper lip to make your lips appear fuller.
    • Inner corners of your eyes: Brighten up your eyes by applying a small amount of highlighter here.

  5. Build Gradually: Start with a small amount of product and gradually build up the intensity until you achieve your desired level of glow. It's easier to add more than to remove excess.


The choice between a cream highlighter and a powder highlighter depends on your personal preferences, skin type, and the type of finish you're aiming to achieve. Both options have their own benefits and considerations:

Cream Highlighter:


  1. Dewy Finish: Cream highlighters provide a more natural and dewy finish, giving your skin a healthy, radiant glow.
  2. Hydration: Cream formulas can provide some hydration to the skin, making them suitable for those with drier skin types.
  3. Blending: Cream highlighters blend seamlessly into the skin, creating a smooth and soft look.
  4. Buildable: Cream highlighters are often buildable, allowing you to achieve a subtle or intense glow depending on your preference.
  5. Versatility: They can be used as a base to intensify powder highlighters or even mixed with foundation for an all-over glow.


  1. Longevity: Cream highlighters might not have the same staying power as powder formulas, especially on oily skin types.
  2. Layering: They can sometimes be tricky to layer over other cream or liquid products without disturbing your base makeup.

Powder Highlighter:


  1. Longevity: Powder highlighters generally have better staying power, making them suitable for all skin types, including oily skin.
  2. Variety: Powder highlighters come in a wide range of shades and finishes, allowing you to choose from subtle to blinding effects.
  3. Layering: They are easy to layer over other makeup products without causing disruption.
  4. Precise Application: Powder highlighters can be precisely applied and controlled, allowing you to highlight specific areas with accuracy.


  1. Finish: Powder highlighters can sometimes appear more obvious on the skin and may not provide as natural of a glow as cream formulas.
  2. Texture: They might emphasize texture or dry patches on the skin, particularly if it's not well-moisturized.

Ultimately, the decision comes down to your personal preferences, the look you want to achieve, and your skin type. We love using a combination of both cream and powder! Our favourites are the Cover FX Drops layered with Becca Cosmetica Champagne Pop.

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