A Beginner’s Guide to Highlighting Your Face

Highlighter. What’s that you say? Here’s a beginner’s guide breaking down the what, why, how and when of highlighting your face so you can decide if it’s up your alley.

Highlighter comes in liquid, powder or stick form, and a good highlighter, when used well, will give your face a glowing, lit-from-within quality. Shine, but in a good way, not in an oil-rig-erupted-on-your-face kind of way. Let’s face it, in these humid and monsoon-y times, shine is probably going to happen to you whether you like it or not, so might as well embrace it and learn to work with it rather than engage in a constant battle for all matte everything.

Choose a shade to complement your skin-tone. Peach or bronze colours work well for brown Indian skin and warm skin tones and pearl or pink coloured for cool tones and lighter skin.

Use highlighter sparingly. It can be layered on to add intensity, but less is definitely more to start off with. The prime spots to highlight are the top of your cheekbones, the cupid’s bow of the lips, the center of the eyelids, the inner corner of the eyes and just above and below the eyebrows.

Highlighter catches the light differently at different angles, so movement enhances its effect. Visible more obviously at certain angles than others, highlighter can make for a mildly magical effect. It’s like a new-age shimmer that adds dimension to your face. Another way to use liquid highlighter is to mix a few drops in with your foundation for a subtle all-over glow.

A highlighter is one of those products that sounds superfluous and unnecessary until you try it, and then suddenly before you know it you’re addicted to the shine life and that ethereal, fairy-tale face glow and you will live happily ever after. The end.