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Ask Belle: Highlighter Tips & Tricks

Dear Belle,

My sister-in-law did my make last weekend and I loved it.  She used a highlighter powder on my cheeks and tried to teach me how, but I’m not getting it.  Do you use highlighter?  Have a technique you could recommend?  Product you like?  

Love the blog.  Christina

I love highlighter.  Once you start wearing it, you’ll never go back.  I have my Mom hooked on it too.  We use Hourglass Ambient Lighting (we call it our ‘magic blurring powder’).

I don’t apply my highlighter “correctly.”  I actually use it to blend out the edges of my blush.  I just buff it one with this Urban Decay brush.  It really smooths out the look.

Powder. This tutorial is the easiest way to apply highlighter and should be more than sufficient for most wearers.  Along with the Hourglass powder, I can recommend this inexpensive e.l.f. Baked Highlighter and this Mary Lou Luminizer from TheBalm.

Liquid. Some readers will be happier with a liquid highlighter.  I use that when I really need to make my skin pop (photos, no sleep, etc.).  This Chantecaille liquid highlighter is the gold standard.  For something under-$10, this NYX Liquid Illuminator is perfect.  As for how to apply it, TBD has the tutorial.

Pencil. Looking for just a simple, easy highlighter look?  Adding just a bit of highlighter to the eye area can really make your eyes pop.  You can achieve the look with a highlighter pencil like this one from Anastasia or this $5 Milani highlighter.



  1. Middle-Aged says:

    Is “did my make” the new phrase or please please please is this just a typo from “did my makeup”?

    I am officially middle-aged; Nielsen ratings don’t cater to me. So I really am asking.

    August 13, 2015/Reply
  2. Shelley says:

    The Becca highlighters are amazing!! Their powders and poured liquid are some of the best on the market. I also love Mary Lou Manizer as well! I love how highlighting finishes off my make-up look. I apply it right on my cheekbones above my blush, a little over my eye brows, down my nose, cupid’s bow and my chin. It adds a lovely sheen and brightens the face,

    August 14, 2015/Reply
  3. Kelly Williams says:

    Hi Belle,

    Thank you for the post on highlighting…I too am never quite sure how to apply them subtly. Stopped by Sephora Friday to pick up the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder; while there I also tried their Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint, and am now officially obsessed. Although I have decent skin for my age (55 – yikes), it tends to be a bit dull. The Skin Tint goes on smoothly with a damp sponge, providing medium coverage and a lovely glow. Bonus points for long wearing coverage! Thank you providing the recommendation.

    August 16, 2015/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I’ll have to try that. Thanks.

      August 16, 2015/Reply