Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

With the right highlighter, you can conquer the world — which explains why shimmery cheekbones have been stealing the spotlight on every feed we follow. So we put together the four golden rules of highlighting to flawlessly achieve the look. Grab a fan brush, your ideal glassy illuminator and get strobing.


Rule 1: Prep + Prime

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. You can even reach for an illuminating concealer that’s meant to serve as a great base for your sparkly powder — one of our favorites for this is Urban Decay NAKED Skin Highlighting Fluid in Aura.


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Rule 2: Set Set Set

To keep makeup in place all day, apply a translucent setting powder under eyes and along your nose, forehead and chin like the Dermablend Loose Setting Powder.

Rule 3: Pick Your Product

Grab a highlighting powder based on your skin tone, and apply to the highest part of your cheekbones. We love a thick powder product for this, like the Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighter in Molten Gold. It’s super pigmented, almost creamy to the touch and will have you hooked in an instant.

Rule 4: Pick Your Tool

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. You can also use a fan brush like the Sigma F42 Fan Brush for a more precise application when highlighting down the bridge of your nose. Pro tip: Use a nude liner like the NYX Faux White Eye Brightener in Linenon 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.

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