Do You Know Your Type? Of Highlighter, That Is….

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Highlighting is one of my favorite makeup techniques. Image courtesy Beauty Heaven.

Even though summer is winding down, I still plan on using my highlighter into the early fall and winter. Eventually I’ll switch the colors out, but I wanted to get as much wear from my products as I can!

As I was going through my stash, I realized that I have a lot of powder highlighters as opposed to liquids and creams. I decided to play around with each to see which one I liked the most. As it turns out, I love powder highlighters the most, primarily because I have oily skin and they seem to work better for me. Liquids and creams aren’t a complete no for me, but it has a lot to do with how they are formulated when it comes to whether or not I’m going to keep them in my permanent stash.

Here are the three major types of highlighters and what they can do for you:

1. Liquid Highlighter

This is the superstar for normal to dry skin types, especially dry skin. It is going to give your skin the most concentrated dewy look, because it will actually appear more hydrated. Oily skin types need to proceed with caution, because this can turn into an oil slick look very quickly.

Sweating and warmer temperatures can also wreak havoc with this formula as well, but don’t let that deter you from using it. You might just need to play around with primers, setting powders and setting/fixing sprays to see what works for you. I know plenty of people ( all current or former theme park entertainers ) who live in the Orlando, Florida area and who use nothing but liquid highlighters all over their face. It’s all about what companion products you use with it to keep it in place.

Also, it’s important to use liquid highlighter in the correct order. After foundation and concealer but before powder. Why? Because it’s just going to have the tendency to look gross to be completely honest. I’m the kind of person who likes to do both the “suggested” way and the “what you should avoid doing” way to see the difference. Watch Youtube tutorials and fails also; you can learn a lot from mistakes and “how not-to’s,” especially if you’re a visual person like I am.

Blending sponges work very well for this type of highlighter. Also, a tiny bit goes a long way because these are super concentrated.

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MUA’s Liquid Lustre Highlighting Formulas are some of the best budget friendly liquid highlighters. They are super-pigmented and you get quite a lot of product for a very reasonable price.

2. Cream Highlighter

It seems like a lot of companies are marketing these products as “strobe creams” these days, but they’re essentially the same product.

This is very agreeable with normal and combination skin and it’s really easy to use. They’re kind of a happy medium between powder and liquid highlighters.

Creams can also be applied over and under powder, which makes them ideal to use as a finisher. It will give you a really gorgeous healthy gleaming look.

Again, if you’re oily, proceed with caution and test out a few different ways of application before committing to this product.

MUA’s Prism Strobe Creams are a wonderful product, and I can’t recommend them enough. 

3. Powder Highlighters

Many agree that this is most likely the easiest and long lasting formula. Powder in general, not just highlighting formulas, has earned this reputation, hence the creation and evolution of “setting” and “blotting” powders.

Oily skin can rest easy when using these formulas, because they’re actually going to work to blot your oil while giving you a healthy glow. There’s a huge difference between “dewy” and “greasy” and if you’re oily, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s also very suitable for warmer climates where you’ll be sweating a lot.

This is best applied with a blush brush or even a kabuki brush.

MUA’s Prism Highlighter line includes not just the strobe creams, but an entire range of highlighting powders as well. I absolutely love the loose ones because I use them as a setting powder also.


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Kat Dickerson
loves blogging about beauty and skincare.
Kat Dickerson

Kat Dickerson

loves blogging about beauty and skincare.

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