Highlighter Hacks (13 Tips For An Instant Glow Up)

A palette featuring one shade of light pink highlighter

Highlighter has a place on every vanity. There are so many ways that you can use one product, though! It doesn’t matter whether you wound up with a highlighter that you don’t use or want to have some fun. These highlighter hacks will help you do it. 

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Highlighter Hacks You Need To Know

Every beauty lover needs to know a few highlighter hacks. These tips and tricks are fun to try; they’ll give you a fantastic glow, and you can finally use some of that highlighter that didn’t look so good on your cheeks instead of letting it collect dust. 

1. Use concealer on textured skin first

Before applying highlighter to textured areas, use a lighter-colored concealer. Then, put the highlighter on top of the concealer. This will hide the bumpy area while giving you a nice glow. 

2. Combine liquid highlighter and your foundation

Mix your liquid foundation and highlighter with a mixing palette or one of these fabulous DIY options. Then, apply your foundation as you usually would. Your skin will have a luminous glow that instantly makes you appear refreshed. 

3. Try thin-tipped brushes

Using brushes with a thinner tip will give you a more concentrated glow. If you’re going for an all-over glow, this isn’t the hack to try today. If not, give it a shot and see if you like it!

4. Dust highlighter powder with thick brushes for an all-over glow

Using thicker brushes than you normally would for the foundation will instantly give you an all-over glow. This is also a very efficient way to apply highlighter powder. 

5. Use it where the sun hits

If you’re going for a natural look, you want to put a highlighter on the areas where the sun will naturally shine, even if you don’t like the look as much. This is how you get a natural look with your highlighter. 

6. Dust it over your eyeshadow

Use your highlighter to top off your eyeshadow to create a shimmer effect instantly. Highlighter is usually a bit translucent, so you’ll still be able to see your killer smokey eye. 

7. Use your highlighter as eyeshadow

If you’re wondering if you can use highlighter as eyeshadow, don’t worry. We’ve all thought the same thing. Fortunately, you can! Highlighters make a fantastic shimmer eyeshadow. You can even use a cream highlighter as an eyeshadow. Apply it as you usually would eyeshadow, with primer and base color. 

8. Shimmer highlighters are great for dim lighting

If you’re in dim lighting, the contrast that a shimmer highlighter has against the dim lighting can truly make you stand out in a crowd. 

Likewise, you want to wear less of a glow in natural lighting. Wearing a shimmering highlighter in natural light can make you glow too much. 

9. Apply it on the inner corners of your eyes

This will instantly give you a well-rested look and make your eyes appear larger. It’s the perfect makeup hack for people with small eyes who want to brighten them up. 

10. Highlighter before lipstick

When you put a highlighter on your cupid’s bow, make sure that you do it before you apply your lipstick. The result is that it will instantly make your lips look bigger. 

11. Mix highlighter with your concealer

Not only will this hide the dark circles under your eyes, but it will also make you look brighter and refreshed. You don’t have to get your eight hours of sleep to look like you did!

12. Use highlighter as eyeliner

This is a great way to use a highlighter that you don’t love as a highlighter. Wet your angled brush or eyeliner brush with face spray. Then, dip it into the product and apply it like eyeliner! 

13. How to make your highlighter more visible

If your highlighter doesn’t quite have the pop you would love, wet your brush with setting spray before dipping it into your highlighter. The wet look will give your makeup an instant glow-up. 

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