The Finishing Touch

By: Lauren Salamon

Photos by: Marie Hoopes

The relatively recent obsession with highlighting products has taken the beauty industry by storm. There are hundreds of highlighters on the makeup market, each promising to produce an ethereal glow on the faces of consumers. Highlighter can be used in a variety of ways and on several different areas, some of the most popular being the lips, collarbone, bridge of the nose, or inner corner of the eyes. However, in addition to traditional highlighters, a plethora of unconventional products with highlighting properties can also be used to add eye-catching emphasis. Keep reading for three looks demonstrating the versatility and impact of highlighter atop neutral, “no-makeup” makeup.

A Pretty Pout

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Brightly pigmented eyeshadow placed over lipstick can add a shimmering, unexpected dimension to your lips. For this look, I pressed a pearlescent white shadow over nude-pink lipstick, with clear gloss on top to set the combination. This enhances the lips, reflecting light and making them appear subtly fuller.


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This is the most classic use of highlighter: swept daintily across the cheekbones. To achieve the look, I used a fan brush to dust the shade “Summer” from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit across the high points of the model’s cheeks. In addition to being simple to execute, the look catches the light beautifully and makes skin appear lit from within.


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To add drama to the model’s eyes, I used a shimmering, light-reflecting green shadow on her lids, inner corner, and lower lashline. Though green may seem like a bold move, it doesn’t detract from her otherwise neutral face and rosy lip, and emphasizes the color of her eyes.

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Whether you’re getting ready for a night out or just want to add a lively shine to your daily look, highlighter is the ideal, go-to product.

LAUREN SALAMON is a sophomore in the college, studying Sociology and Justice and Peace Studies. Outside of class you can find her exploring new terrain aimlessly, drinking excessive amounts of coffee, or conducting baking experiments that tend to go horribly wrong.

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