Before quarantine hit, blinding highlighter makeup was really having a moment. But once confined to our homes, that trend gave way to a fresh, more natural look that didn’t transfer to our masks.
Sheer tints and light coverage became our go-tos, creating skin that gleamed nicely on Zoom calls but didn’t take too much time. And even as we’re spending more time outdoors, we’re still clinging to that celebration of our natural skin. As a result, full-coverage, matte foundation is making a bit of a retreat.
It’s all about glowing skin, an airy complexion, and a fresh, dewy finish. So where does that leave powder highlighters?
Believe it or not, highlighter is making a comeback – and it’s reinventing itself. Did you know that using a facial oil can make your highlighter pop, or replace it altogether?
You might think facial oil would make your skin look greasy, but it’s all in how you apply it. Knowing how to use a facial oil can actually give your skin some added vibrance, and replenish it with hydration and fatty acids.
And here’s the best part: if you’ve ever dabbled in liquid highlighter before, learning how to highlight with facial oil will feel pretty familiar.
To highlight with facial oil, you’ll just need a few tools to create a sheer, luminous look.
First, you’ll need a facial oil. Make sure you’re using an oil that’s suitable for your own skin and skin type. This is important: if you use the wrong oil for your skin type, it might not blend well, could create a filmy finish, or could clog your pores.
For those with dry skin, jojoba oil, marula oil, and sunflower oil pack a lot of hydration without feeling heavy.
Those with normal skin will benefit from the balanced profile of rosehip oil.
For those with oily and acne-prone skin, hemp seed oil, argan oil, and grapeseed oil will hydrate your skin without clogging pores.
To accentuate the high points of your skin with a more definite glow, start with a cream or liquid highlighter. Powder highlighters may become cakey when blended with oil, while highlighters with a liquid or cream consistency will blend nicely.
Using a damp makeup sponge can also be a huge help when blending, but the warm pad of your ring finger works just as well. Those with more textured skin might find that a sponge provides a more seamless, effortless application.
While this look doesn’t take a lot of effort, it’s important to know how to highlight with facial oil without looking greasy. These 5 steps should help your skin look fresh (and feel fabulous).