09 Dec How To Apply Highlighter Correctly | 6 Makeup Mistakes You Need To Avoid
Although applying a highlighter on your face is not a new makeup technique, it still keeps soaring in popularity over the years. If done correctly, a highlighter can be a good cheat for getting the dewy skin look. However, one wrong move can change your whole look. Let’s move along to 6 highlighter makeup mistakes you need to avoid.
In This Article:
- You Go For Too Dark or Too Light Highlighter
- You Put On Too Much Highlighter
- You Hit The Wrong Spots
- You Choose The Wrong Formula
- You Don’t Use The Right Tools
- You Don’t Blend The Highlighter Well
Highlighter Mistakes That You Could Be Making Without Realizing.
1. You Go For Too Dark or Too Light Highlighter
The right shade of highlighter can illuminate your features. At the same time, the wrong one may cause your complexion to appear ashy and frosty. How do you pick the correct shade for your skin tone? Check your skin’s undertone and skin tone before making the trip to the makeup stores.
Both skin tones and undertones are the prime indicators for picking out the most flattering makeup shades for you. Remember that you should lean towards bright highlighters with more translucent and ivory tones for a fairer skin tone. Those with medium skin tones should go for champagne or rose-gold highlighters. You have a darker skin tone, seek highlighters ranging from peachy gold to bronze. From there, shopping for the perfect highlighter for your highlighter makeup becomes much more manageable.
2. You Put On Too Much Highlighter
Contrary to popular belief, there’s a thing as “too much highlighter” in highlighter makeup. Instagram-worthy tutorials might have lured you into blindly believing that nothing’s wrong with the excess highlighter. Unless you want to look super-shiny, you should know when to stop.
Be mindful that a highlighter is supposed to make you look fresh, not dull-looking. However, it doesn’t mean that you are not allowed to use blinding-effect highlighters. For example, blinding highlighters can be a good fit for dimmed light dinners, but it’s best to keep it subtle on broad daylight occasions.
3. You Hit The Wrong Spots
The universal way for highlighter application is to focus on areas that reflect lights naturally. That way, highlighters can slim your entire face and enhance a few features such as cheekbones, nose, and cupid’s bow. Sometimes, a bit of highlighter in the inner corner of your eyes makes your eyes look more awake.
Wrong places for highlighter might emphasize things you are trying to hide, such as pores and pimples. Here’s another tip: dabbing the right amount of highlighter on your collar bone is another excellent way to draw attention.
4. You Choose The Wrong Formula
Like foundations and lipsticks, highlighter makeup products also come in a variety of formulas such as gel, liquid, powder, in cream, and so on.
For impeccable results, start with your skin type and the effect you want. Dry skin will benefit the most from cream highlighter or strobing cream. In contrast, powder highlighters will be the best choice for oily skin. If you have a normal skin type, you can use any of the above.
5. You Don’t Use The Right Tools
The wrong kind of brush can also sabotage your highlighter application. This is because each formula will require a different tool or brush.
When putting on a highlighter, the preferable brush is a fluffy tapered complexion brush. Due to its smaller tip, you can concentrate on the right spots, like your nose tip. A fan brush is another option that can be used for your cheekbone areas. For the cream formula, the best tool is your finger or makeup sponge. Make sure to apply the highlighter in a light dabbing motion instead of dragging it since that might ruin your base foundation.
6. You Don’t Blend Highlighter Well
Though this mantra is applied to all makeup steps, most people are often in a rush when applying a highlighter since it’s likely the final touch-up of the whole look. However, highlighter needs to be blended as seamlessly as possible. Without doing so, you might leave an uneven and patchy streak of highlighter on your cheekbones or nose bridge.
Remember, be patient and take as much time as you need.
Now that you know what not to do with highlighters, achieving the best makeup practices that flatter you the most is easier than ever. If you are looking for highlighters that work beautifully, we suggest going with our Gibson Girl Makeup Shade Highlight Contour Palette that offers a wide range of shades for all purposes in one palette.
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