3 Highlight Looks to Try for Fall

We’d probably give up half the products in our beauty arsenal before we’d give up our beloved highlighter makeup. Not only is highlighter one of the more fun makeup products to use, but the glow it provides helps us to feel gorgeous even when we’re tired, stressed or just generally over it.

If you love highlighter but feel a bit bored by using it to create the same old looks, fear not. Here are three unique highlight looks to try for fall.

The Candlelit Glow

For the past few years, the trend in highlighter makeup has been to apply highlighter that pops. Inspired by the big bold looks of drag, visible highlighter has definitely been having a huge moment in the makeup world.

However, if you’re ready to try a new style of highlighting, consider going for a subtle look. After you’ve applied your foundation, pick up a bit of a nude powder highlighter with a fan brush and dust the product ever-so-gently over your cheekbones. The idea of this look is to appear as if you’re lit by candlelight.

If you want to really look like you’re lit from within, try applying a cream highlighter before you apply your foundation. It might sound counterintuitive, but this technique creates the illusion that your glow is completely natural rather than the result of highlighter makeup.

Highlighter as Eyeliner

No, you’re not reading that incorrectly. We’re telling you to use your highlighter as an eyeliner. Simple yet graphic eye makeup looks were huge at all the fall runway shows. To use a highlighter as an eyeliner, wet an eyeliner brush with water or setting spray. Pick up some product on the dampened brush, dust off any excess and then apply it the same way you’d apply any other liquid liner. The result is edgy yet sophisticatedly subtle. This looks pairs stunningly with a bold matte lip and a heavy application of mascara.

Change Up Your Lip Look

Dewy and shiny nude lips were another popular trend at fall fashion week.. Use highlighter to help create this look. Start with clean and moisturized lips. Use a neutral lip liner to define the lip area. Using your fingertips or a lip brush, apply a bit of a nude highlighter to your Cupid’s bow and the center of your lower lip. Seal it all in with a clear gloss. This is a beautiful way to finish off the aforementioned candlelit glow look.

As you can see, the trends for fall are more natural than we’ve seen in past years. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still have fun. If you want to rock a strong highlight that has the potential to stop traffic, go for it. There’s really no right or wrong way to apply everyone’s favorite makeup product.

Frank Gentry