Where on My Face Should I Apply Highlighter?

Radiant skin isn't going out of fashion anytime soon, and subsequently, neither are highlighters. But savvy application means the difference between a subtle glow and theatrical special-effects makeup.

Radiant skin isn't going out of fashion any time soon, and subsequently, neither are highlighters. Used to make your favourite features pop and give your skin a dewy and youthful look, highlighting products are a staple in every makeup bag.

It can be easy to go overboard with highlighter, and it’s often not until you step outside that you realise you’ve gone too far. So it’s important to use a light hand and a tint that suits your complexion.

It’s also important to ensure you're applying highlighter in the right places to make the most out of your facial structure and enhance all of your best bits.


Where on my face should I apply highlighter?


A quick way to achieve an overall glow

Highlighter doesn’t have to be just an afterthought. Building an illuminator into your makeup routine is a quick way to fake all-over radiant skin. You can either mix some shimmer into your base foundation or use highlighter as a primer, but be sparing, as it’s easy to go too far. We recommend:

The most important thing to remember is that highlighting draws attention to an area. If you have a blemish on your Cupid’s bow, a prominent brow, or another area you want to minimise, hold back on the highlighter. These are great places to enhance on some people, but you'll have other areas that benefit more from highlight.

Using highlighter for brighter eyes

Incorporating highlighter into your eye makeup is a great way to achieve larger and brighter eyes. One of the darkest points of your eye area is the inner corner. Popping some highlighter onto the inner corner will make you look wide awake and hide any sleepless nights.

Highlighting the centre of your eyelid will also make your eyelids appear larger and your eyes seem wider.

Using a subtle highlight on the brow bone will widen your eyes as well as make your brows look more defined. Benefit High Brow Glow is specifically designed to highlight and accentuate your brow shape. The pencil form makes this product particularly easy to apply.


Where on my face should I apply highlighter?


Using highlighter to narrow your nose

Applying highlighter down the centre of your nose will give the illusion of a slimmer nose. You can amplify this effect by contouring down the sides.

It's best to use a matte highlighter, such as Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight, for a natural finish. Be careful to avoid highlighting the nose area if you have large pores, as the makeup will only call attention to the pores.

Using highlighter to enhance cheekbones

After you've carefully sculpted your cheekbones with contour, use a fan brush such as the Sigma F90 to dust highlight onto the tops of your cheekbones for a model-esque finish. If you’d rather a less chiselled and more youthful look, opt for highlight on the apples of your cheeks instead.

Consider a blusher–highlighter duo for a seamless blend between the two, such as Mirenesse Marble Mineral Blush + Highlighter.

Using highlighter to achieve the perfect pout

Prep your lips by applying a lip liner to ensure a well-defined edge. Then use a highlight on your Cupid’s bow to define your lip contour further. You can also pat a highlighter softly into the centre of your lips for a 3D effect and voluminous lips.

Careful and precise application is the key to highlighting. When your luminous product is successfully applied, your complexion will glow with health.


Where on my face should I apply highlighter?