June 7, 2016 Diana Crisan Looks

This Is How to Highlight Like a Pro

With the right shoes highlighter, a girl can conquer the world. Shimmery cheeks are stealing the spotlight right now (next time, matte), so we HAD to ask our go-to gal, professional makeup artist Alana Dawn, how to get the look. Turns out, it’s as simple as 1-2-3 … (OK, 4). Just grab a fan brush, your ideal Lumi shade and get to strobing!

how to apply highlighter

Step 1. Apply your fave foundation all over skin and follow with a brightening concealer underneath the eyes. Use a concealer that’s two shades darker than your natural skin tone to contour cheekbones.

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Step 2. To keep makeup in place all day, apply a translucent setting powder under eyes and along your nose, forehead and chin.

Step 3. Grab a highlighting powder (based on your skin tone) and apply to the highest part of your cheekbones. You can either use a fan brush like the NYX Pro Fan Brush or a smaller brush like the Urban Decay UD Pro Diffusing Highlighter Brush for a more precise application when highlighting down the bridge of your nose.

Step 4. Using either your forefinger (or a brush that mimics the same control but with stippling powers), dust the same highlighter along your lids — concentrating on the inner corners — and along your brow bone. ProTip: Use a nude liner on your waterline to really make your eyes look wide awake!

As a final touch, apply more (YES, more!) highlighter along your upper cheekbones and blend. Then follow this simple highlighting trick to also land fuller looking lips!

GET THE LOOK: L’ORÉAL PARIS True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator, NYX Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette

Photo: Carlos Moscat

Makeup: Alana Dawn

Model: Shauna Gutierrez 



    About the Author: Diana creates on-trend beauty content for Makeup.com readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.