There are so many uses for liquid highlighters and they can be tricky sometimes. This post is dedicated to helping you use and apply liquid highlighters, because they truly make a difference in achieving the glowy/dewy effect. While for some liquid highlighters are used based on various special occasions, I believe that daily highlighting can be an important part of your makeup routine. Previously, I mentioned the glowy effect in past posts like in Glowy Skin 101 featuring the NARS Illuminator in “Copacabana” and in a post about the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector. I wrote a similar post regarding liquid highlighters called What Makes You Glow about a year and a half ago, so this post can function as an update. :)
If powder highlighters are your preferences, perhaps you will find previous posts about them more helpful: Diorskin Shimmer Star in “Rose Diamond,” Wet n Wild “Reserve Your Cabana” (743A), Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in “Moonstone,” and Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact – Highlight – 01.
Liquid highlighters can be used in various ways:
1.) LH’s be applied after foundation on your cheek bones, the bridge of your nose, and your cupid’s bow. You can blend in the liquid formula with your fingers or with a synthetic brush as well.
2.) LH’s can also be mixed in with your base makeup (foundation, BB cream, CC cream) and be applied all over your face. The great thing about this option is that you can control the glow factor by adding as little or as much as you need/want.
There’s no rules. Do what you prefer that day. For me, I like to mix in my LH’s with my base makeup; and, I like to do that because I think it’s just easier. I like to reserve my after-foundation-highlighting routine for powder highlighters.
As you can see, the Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer #2 is a flesh-toned pinky shade that disappears into your skin or your foundation (when mixed in). It’s also more subtle this way. The Benefit High Beam and the NARS Illuminator in “Copacabana” are both white-pink, which makes them less user-friendly because they will do more harm than good if they’re not blended in well. All three are great with mixing in with base makeup, but I tend to lean towards the Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer #2 most days, and the Benefit High Beam if I want my foundation to be a bit brighter.
Of course, highlighting is based on personal preference. Not all highlighters are created equal, and further research may be necessary depending on your skin tone and the look you are trying to achieve. When in doubt, go with a powder highlighter; however, it’s not to say that the LH’s are difficult to work with.