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The One Highlighter You Need To Know About

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Highlighter-obsessed ladies raise your hands! I have both of mine raised right now because my stash is ridiculous. Highlighter makes you look like you drink enough water and don't have any stress in your life, but let's be real, only using powder as highlighters can get a little boring. There are some things powder highlighters just can't do. With liquid highlighter, aka illuminating drops, you can get an awesome or subtle glow with very little effort. Plus, there's an added bonus for us oilier girls: you can get a radiant glow in your foundation without getting any oilier than usual.

I've got three ways to use liquid highlighter to take your complexion game to the next level. Thank me later.

DeAndrea Douglas

On Its Own

I love to layer powder foundation on as much as the next highlighter junkie, but sometimes that just doesn't glow the way I want it to. Illuminating drops solve that problem for me. Just a couple strategically placed drops are all I need to get a full impact, megawatt glow. No fan brush necessary. To be honest, I like to use my fingers to blend it out. It gives a more natural-looking finish. (Not that natural is what I'm going for.)

Products Used:

From top left to bottom right

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector – Rose Gold

Manna Kadar Glo Illuminator

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter – Champagne

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter – Luminous Gold

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter – Rose Gold

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter – Starlight

Layered Under Foundation

This is where the fun starts. Because the highlighter is a liquid, it won't slide right off if you apply a liquid product on top of it like a powder would. This means you can cover your face in liquid highlighter before you put on your foundation and you'll look like you have a radiant glow coming from within.

DeAndrea Douglas

To show you what I mean, I added a very thin layer of Milk Makeup Blur Liquid Foundation over the liquid highlighter swatches so you can really see the difference between the shades. Pro tip: You can always add more layers of foundation to tone it down if the radiance seems to be a bit much.

Products Used:

From top to bottom

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector – Rose Gold

Manna Kadar Glo Illuminator

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter – Champagne

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter – Luminous Gold

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter – Rose Gold

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter – Starlight

Mixed Into Foundation

This is probably my favorite way to use these drops. I have oily skin all year long so a foundation with a dewy, radiant finish is out of the question. I don't like for my foundation to look so matte that it's dull so a couple of drops of illuminator mixed into my usual foundation saves me! All I do is pump out my usual amount of foundation on to the back of my hand, add a few drops of illuminator and mix them together. I apply that mixture like I would my foundation and, bam! I have a radiant finish without any extra oiliness.

To show you what these look like mixed, I used equal parts foundation and illuminating drops. I would normally use more foundation than highlighter, but again, I wanted you to really be able to see what I'm talking about with the added radiance. I mixed each highlighter with Milk Makeup Blur Liquid Matte Foundation.

You can add as much or as little liquid highlighter to layer or mix as you'd like.

Products Used:

From top left to bottom right

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector – Rose Gold

Manna Kadar Glo Illuminator

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter – Champagne

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter – Luminous Gold

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter – Rose Gold

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter – Starlight

Now that you know the tricks of the megawatt highlight trade and the tools that will help you elevant your radiant look - test the waters. If you really want to have fun with it, you can mix different liquid illuminators together to make a custom shade! That's the fun part about make-up - you can really do whatever you want. You better glow girl!

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