How To Apply Highlighter

Want to shine bright? It's glow time
It’s time to add highlighter to your makeup routine, if you haven’t already. Applying a skin-illuminating highlighter is essentially a hack for getting a flawless-looking face. Highlighter is so popular because this type of face makeup can help create the appearance of a glow and make your favourite features pop. Basically, it’s a no brainer that you should be participating in this beauty trend and utilizing luminous highlighters.

Now, you just need to figure out how to apply highlighter the right way. The thing is, there are quite a few different types of highlighter out there and multiple points on your face you can highlight. That may sound complicated, but fear not. Thankfully, we’re breaking down exactly how to apply highlighter like a pro. It’s glow time!

How you apply highlighter depends on the formula you choose. See below for the two most popular formulas & how to apply them.

How to Apply Pressed Powder Highlighter

If you’re new to highlighter, face powders are as good a place as any to start. All you’ll need to get started is a highlighter and a brush to apply it with. Instead of picking up a single shade, try a highlighting palette like the L’Oréal Paris La Vie En Glow Highlight Palette, which offers a low glow intensity (i.e. it's nice and subtle!). That way, you’ll have multiple illuminating face powders to play with. As for the brush, try one with a fan shape to sweep the pressed powders onto key spots of your face—above your cheekbones, below your brows, in the inner corner of your eyes, down the bridge of your nose, and along your cupid’s bow.

How to Apply Highlighter Drops

For anyone looking for more customisable illumination, we have just the thing for you. Any way you want to glow, highlighter drops can help. The L’Oréal Paris Glow Mon Amour Glow Drops are a must-have multi-tasker. Not only is it up to you whether you apply them with a makeup blender or your fingers, but you can choose to create all over radiance or a targeted glow. For all over radiance, mix the glow-boosting drops into foundation, skin care products like moisturiser, or primer. If you’re after a targeted glow, use the highlighter drops alone or over foundation, applying them to the key spots. See, so many options! Try using one highlighter drop for a natural dewy glow, or two if you’re after more intensity.


Now that you know how to apply your highlighter, learn how to use it strategically for a pretty glow and avoid taking your makeup into disco ball territory. If you know where to wear highlight you can create sharper-looking cheekbones, fuller-looking lips, brighter-looking eyes, and a narrower-looking nose.

1. Cheeks

With the help of a highlighter, sky high model-worthy cheekbones can be in your near future. First, find your cheekbones by drawing an invisible line from the middle of your ear towards your lips. Voilà, there it is! Your highlight will go just above this line, from the top of your ear to the outer corner of your eye. Take a fan shaped brush and sweep a highlighting powder on, or use your finger to dot on a liquid light reflector before blending out.

2. Eyes

In order to help achieve a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed look, highlight your eyes in two places. Use a light, sparkly highlighter like the Sundust shade in the L’Oréal Paris La Vie En Glow Highlight Pallette and a small eye shadow brush to illuminate the center of your eyelids and the inner corners of your eyes. If you’re not feeling particularly well-rested, highlighting these spots can help make your eyes look bigger and brighter. Perfect for faking a night of flawless sleep!

3. Under eyes

Disguise dark circles and a dull complexion by placing highlighter under your eyes. With your ring finger, pat on an illuminating concealer, gently working it into your skin to brighten and hide darkness.

4. Eyebrow bone

Achieving defined, bold eyebrows doesn’t end with an eyebrow pencil or pomade. Filling eyebrows in should be followed with highlighting underneath. Just a touch of highlighter can help raise your eyebrow’s arch and complete your sculpting. Blend a illuminator along your brow bone, just under your eyebrows.

5. Nose

If you wish your nose looked slightly slimmer, then grab a highlighter. If you add a subtle highlight down the bridge of your nose, your eyes are drawn to the “light” and are tricked into thinking your nose is narrower than it really is. Focus product on the end of your nose to give the tip an instant lift. For less obvious highlighting, opt for an option without shimmer, like a concealer that’s two to three shades lighter than your skin tone.

6. Cupid’s bow

Pucker up! Plump up the look of your pout by highlighting the dip above your top lip, a.k.a. the cupid’s bow. Using your fingertip, apply just a touch of your favorite glow-getter to help make your upper lip look fuller. Remember, this is a case where less is more! Too much highlighter and the only illusion you’ll have created is that of upper lip sweat. Go for just a subtle glisten to get luscious-looking lips instead.

7. Lips

Don’t let your bottom lip feel left out—make your lips match with more strategically placed highlighter. Adding a highlighting powder to the center of your lower lip can help make it appear fuller. This hint of luster can make the lip seem bigger by dragging the eye down.

Congrats: You now know how to apply highlighter like a makeup artist!
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