How to Apply Highlighter Like a Pro

Looking to dial up your natural luminosity? Perfect a faux glow and learn how to apply highlighter like a pro. This complexion-brightening, skin-sculpting all-rounder is a true makeup wonder – the secret weapon of makeup artists everywhere. So, whether you want to wake up tired eyes, create fuller-looking lips or sculpt those supermodel-inspired cheekbones, we’ve got the ultimate tips and tricks to giving your makeup an instant glow-up.

Pick Your Highlighter Formula

Liquid

The hardest-working product in your makeup bag, tap liquid highlighter under the eye area before foundation to lift dark circles, onto cheekbones and brow bones to sculpt your features, or even add a pump to your favourite foundation for an instant lit-from-within glow. Miracle Glow Pro Universal Highlighter

Cream

Ideal for packing in your suitcase for holiday season or slipping into your clutch alongside your favourite lipstick shade, glow on the go with a travel-friendly cream compact highlighter. You can apply with fingertips, tapping onto the skin to catch the light and softly sculpt your skin with a filter-finish glow. Miracle Glow Duo Pro Illuminator (right) adds instant radiance to skin.

Powder

A luminosity-building powder highlighter is oh-so-easy to apply, sweeping onto skin to reveal a candlelit glow. Use a fanned-out brush for light radiance, or a tapered blusher brush to lightly contour skin, blending for the most natural-looking skin finish. Creme Bronzer in Light Gold contains dazzling pigments, perfect for creating a faux post-holiday glow.

Max Factor Miracle Glow Duo Pro Illuminator
Model applying highlighter to cheekbones. Look created by Max Factor.

Where to Apply Highlighter

Learning where to apply highlighter is key to achieving a radiant, sculpted look. The key is to tap highlighter where the light naturally hits the face, diffusing pigment to create a hazy light across the skin. Think, a soft-focus filter that’s flattering on everyone.

• Start by applying face highlighter to tops of cheekbones, tapping and blending to the brow bone and under eyebrow arches to lift and illuminate the eye area.

• Apply highlighter down the centre of the nose - avoiding the tip - to light up the entire face from the centre.

• To create the illusion of fuller-looking lips, add a touch of highlighter to the top of the cupid’s bow and centre of the bottom lips.

• If your eyes are looking a little tired by Friday morning, add a dot to the inner corner of each eye for a bright-eyed look.

Highlighter Three Ways

Sun-Kissed

We all want to extend our post-holiday glow long after the plane hits the tarmac. Dip a fanned-out blusher brush into Crème Bronzer in Light Gold, packed with glimmering pigments. Sweep from apples of cheeks up to the brow bone, leaving a radiant glow behind. Dust the brush under the jawline and down the neck, sweeping onto your décolletage and tops of shoulders for a fabulous faux glow – even when your beach break feels like a distant memory.

Sculpted

Here’s how to sculpt and define your features like a makeup artist: face highlighter Miracle Glow Duo. One side is matte to highlight and perfect, the other is shimmery to catch the light. Warm the matte side between fingertips and tap underneath your cheekbone to lightly contour. Next, use the shimmering side directly onto cheekbones, tapping and blending up to the brow bone, under your eyebrow arch and to temples for a light-reflective glow.

Fresh-Faced

To instantly wake up your skin, add a few pumps of Miracle Glow Pro Universal Highlighter to your usual foundation, mixing together on the back of your hand. Dot the radiance-boosting formula over skin, then use a slightly damp sponge to tap and blend onto the face, delivering for an all-over glow in seconds.

Model wearing Max Factor Miracle Glow Duo Highlighter.

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