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How to choose a highlighter for the face

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By Pavni Gairola - Content Writer Feb 03 2021 Share this blog

One of the main make-up trends of recent years is perfect facial tone and radiant skin. If the tonal means are responsible for the color of the face , then in order to achieve the effect of radiance, do not do without a highlighter . In this article we will talk about what you need it for, what they are, how to choose a color and how to use them.

What do you need a highlighter for?

Highlighter (from the English "highlight" - highlight) - is a decorative cosmetic product with reflective particles, which is used to highlight certain areas of the face. One of the basic laws of make-up says: everything that needs to be reduced or "hidden" is obscured, and everything that needs to be highlighted and emphasized is highlighted. The highlighter is designed to create the desired volume on the face and place accents in makeup.

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Due to the fact that highlighters are different in texture and properties, they can be used to achieve different effects. For example, some products have a delicate glow and will create the effect of moist skin, while others, with a more pronounced shine, may be appropriate for bright evening makeup. Sometimes the highlighter acts as the main means of chiaroscuro correction. This technique is called strobing. At strobing other corrective means (sculptors, bronzers) that helps to create effect of damp and healthy skin are practically not used. Often this technique is used in such a popular today "makeup without makeup."

In addition, highlighter, like most representatives of decorative means, can be used not only for facial makeup. For example, it can be used as eye shadow  , and if you walk a little highlighter on the lipstick , it will acquire a satin glow, and your image will look more evening.

How and where it is better to apply highlighter

To apply highlighter, there are so-called "canonical" areas of the face - those areas that should be highlighted and where the highlighter looks appropriate. These include:

  • area above the cheekbones: emphasizes the cheekbones and creates a "correct" relief of the face;
  • tick over the upper lip: visually enlarges the lips;
  • back of the nose: creates an emphasis on the central part of the face, makes the nose more graceful;
  • inner corners of the eyes: refreshes the eye and makes it more open;
  • center of the moving eyelid: creates the effect of "burning" eyes, makes the look more expressive.

Less obvious areas of the face - the central part of the forehead and chin. But with this area you need to be as careful as possible. First, shimmer highlighters with a bright glow are not suitable for these sites, and secondly, it is better not to allocate this zone to owners of oily skin as here and without a highlighter shine happens enough. It is best to easily treat this area with the remnants of funds on the brush after application and shading on the main areas of the face.

If you have an open neckline, you can also work a little highlighter. For example, you can select the clavicle. This simple technique will "connect" your makeup with everything and make it more harmonious.

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Incidentally, the popular reception of the 90-00's, when pearl shades or haylayterom released under the eyebrow area, has long ceased to be relevant. This is especially contraindicated for owners of the overhanging century. The eyebrow area and so stands out against the eyes, anatomically, and the highlighter in this area even more "put" the eyebrow forward and "drown" the eyes. However, for those who have perfect eyelids, this is also not the best option for makeup for the same reasons. Therefore, this ambiguous technique should be left in the past.

There are a couple of nuances in working with a highlighter. For example, it is not necessary to create a noticeable glow in areas with rashes, noticeable wrinkles and other relief - the highlighter will NOT hide them, but only emphasize and attract additional attention. It is also best to refrain from using a highlighter on the back of the nose if it is large enough or has a curvature. It is worth noting that the perfect highlighter will make even more perfect, and imperfect - even more imperfect. Therefore, it is better to hide such areas with matte products.

Types of highlighters

Highlighters can be divided into the format of release (texture) and finish. At the finish they are:

  • satin - the most versatile type, which has a soft (wet) glow without pronounced sequins and is suitable for any type of makeup;
  • shimmery - in such a highlighter more visible light-reflecting particles (sparkles), the tool is more noticeable on the skin, so it is most often used for evening or formal makeup;
  • duochrome - such highlighters are often satin, but when applied, they can shimmer in several shades (for example, silver highlighter can "go" in pink, purple or even turquoise). Duochromes are also an evening or casual option, as contrasting highlights may not always be appropriate for daytime makeup.

Highlighters also differ in texture.

Dry

Dry highlighters are usually available in the form of powders (pressed or crumbly, but without an applicator) and are often found in the palette for the face. It is quite easy to work with and most members of the fair sex choose this format. Many people love it because it can be used in two ways: dry - for a delicate glow, wet - for a more saturated.

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It is usually applied with a fan or any fluffy brush of small size, and you can work with it as a cream and dry structures on the face. That is, to work with dry highlighter, it is not necessary to fix the foundation with powder . However, on a wet texture, the dry matter will be more difficult to shade.

Liquid

Such means can most often be found in the form of a bubble with a pipette or applicator, as on lip gloss . Liquid texture usually has a fairly intense glow, so this format is not for everyday use. But for use "on the way out" it is ideal. It is important to understand that the liquid tool will not make friends with the dry, so it is applied only to creamy textures.

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Liquid highlighters are most suitable for dry and normal skin, as oily and combination skin is prone to shine, and after a couple of hours, liquid highlighter can only worsen the situation. With liquid textures, it is best to work with your fingers or small brushes made of synthetic bristles to treat small areas of the face. Also, a small amount (literally a drop) of liquid highlighter can be added to the foundation to create a radiant tone.

Cream

Cream highlighter has similar properties to liquid, but has a denser texture. It is more convenient to work with it, because it does not have such "fluidity". It can be produced in a tube, in a jar or in the format of lip gloss.

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Sticks

Stick is the densest format of highlighters and it is as convenient to work with as it is with dry. And it is convenient to take with you - nothing will fall apart / NOT spill and will not "decorate" the bag with greasy shine. For drawing and shading it is best to use fingers as from heat of hands means becomes more pliable and is perfectly shaded in other textures. By the way, it is possible to work with a highlighter in a joint both on cream, and on dry structures, typing a product on a finger and accurately as though stuffing on the necessary sites.

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How to choose a highlighter by color

The most important thing in choosing haylaytera - is to find "their" color. The best option for daily use is to choose a highlighter that will duplicate your color and skin tone. So it will look natural and non-contrasting, and not lie on the face of a foreign spot.

Those who have a cold undertone, it is better to choose the same cold highlighters: pink, pearl, platinum. Girls with warm skin should consider peach and light gold, and happy owners of dark skin can choose gold and bronze shades. But there are also quite universal options. For example, highlighters in the shade of champagne will suit most Ukrainian women with fair skin, because they have a neutral undertone.

Be careful with silver highlighters, as they are almost unsuitable for anyone. Silver is too contrasting for dark skin and skin with a warm undertone, and light skin with a cold undertone will add even more paleness and pain to silver. Still, the best shade of highlighter is as close as possible to your skin color.