5 Places You Never Thought to Apply Highlighter

July 29, 2022
Samantha Holender
By: Samantha Holender | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
5 Places You Never Thought to Highlight Your Face
In our eternal quest for radiant, illuminated skin, we’ve decided that highlighting our cheekbones simply isn’t enough on the days when we want to look a little more glam. Luckily, we’ve spent some serious quality time with our (extensive) highlighter stash and have discovered a few unsuspecting places to pop on extra shimmer. Ahead, find the five spots that can up your highlighter game and give your face a major glow-up.

For An All Over Glow

To get an all-over glow, make sure you prep your skin with a dewy primer, like the Valentino Beauty V-Lighter Face Base Primer and Highlighter. It’s a natural way to amp up your radiance before even layering on foundation. Simply apply the product all over your face with your fingers or a brush. 

Valentino Beauty V-Lighter Face Base Primer and Highlighter

Top of the Forehead

Highlighting the top of your forehead prevents the face from looking flat (a common beauty blunder associated with too much bronzer) and brightens up your entire complexion. Application here should be very sheer and look natural rather than powdery. One of our favorite techniques is to mix in some liquid highlighter with foundation and tap it on with a makeup sponge. 

Below Your Brow Bone 

While you may not have racked up eight hours of sleep last night, popping some highlighter below your brow bone and above your eyebrow arch will make you look wide-eyed and well-rested. Focusing highlighter around your eyebrow can give the appearance of a mini eye lift. We love the NYX Professional Makeup Wonder Contour Stick. It’s an easy-to-use dual-ended stick with a creamy consistency and amazing glow.

Center of the Eyelid

Whether you like a full-on smoky eye or prefer a neutral look, the eyelid is an unsuspecting spot to highlight, but one that can make a big difference. We recommend a powder for this step, like the Half Magic Beauty Light Trap. Use a flat brush to pack the product on the center of your lid and on the inner corner of your eye. This trick will make your eyes twinkle — no joke. Pro tip: If you want a foiled look, spritz setting spray on your highlighter and then apply.

The Cupid’s Bow 

The “V” of your Cupid’s bow is also a great spot to pop on some highlighter; it creates the appearance of fuller lips. Softly apply it with your finger. When the light catches, your lips will look especially plumped.  

Photo:  Chaunte Vaughn

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