How To Apply Highlighter For a Glowing Complexion

Discover how to apply highlighter makeup for a glowing complexion and explore the range of liquid and powder highlighters and blushers.

For a gorgeous, glowing-looking complexion, highlighter is a must-have for your beauty bag! With Charlotte’s expert tips and tricks and iconic liquid and powder formulas, discover how to apply highlighter makeup for a dreamy, glossy glow…

How To Apply Liquid Highlighter

Liquid highlighter is perfect for creating a dewy-looking, soft-focus glow. Charlotte’s ICONIC Beauty Light Wand liquid highlighters are easy to choose and easy to use to achieve a dreamy candlelit, golden or blushed rosy glow! Discover how to apply them like a pro…

  1. A collection of blush and highlighter wands with their swatches in shades of honey-gold, rose gold, warm pink, white gold, nude pink, and coppery-gold.

    Step 1: Choose your shade

    Charlotte’s Beauty Light Wand in Spotlight is a light gold liquid highlighter that creates a luminous-looking, candlelit complexion, while Goldgasm is a gorgeous, rich golden liquid highlighter for a sun-kissed look.

    The Beauty Light Wand collection also features glow-giving highlighter-blushers – tinted liquid highlighter that create a glowing complexion with a kiss of colour! Choose Peachgasm for a dreamy peach glow, Pinkgasm for a dreamy rosy pink look or the NEW! shades from the dreamy world of Pillow Talk; Pillow Talk, inspired by the iconic, universally-flattering nude-pink hue, or Pillow Talk Medium, a peachy-pink liquid highlighter that looks extra dreamy on medium to deep skin tones.

  2. A double-sided buffing and contouring brush with very fine bristles and the handle in rose gold and dark crimson colour scheme.

    Step 2: Get your glow

    For a radiant-looking, sun-kissed golden glow, apply Spotlight or Goldgasm to the tops of the cheekbones, browbone and cupid’s bow using the magic cushion applicator. Blend your highlighter makeup into the skin using Charlotte’s Hollywood Complexion Brushfor a dreamy, dewy-looking Hollywood finish!

    When applying one of Charlotte’s highlighter-blushers, apply the product onto the apples of the cheeks before blending in upward and outward motions for a gorgeous rosy, glowing complexion.

How To Apply Powder Highlighter

Create a light-reflecting, dreamy glow with Charlotte’s ICONIC powder highlighter makeup icons. For a gorgeously-sculpted look, discover Filmstar Bronze & Glow contour and highlighter palette, which features a warm bronzer and golden highlighter powder; for the ultimate sun-kissed, show-stopping glow, discover Charlotte’s Bar of Gold highlighter palette, or for the most mesmerising party-ready complexion, adorn your cheeks with Charlotte's Magic Star limited edition highlighter! Discover how to apply powder highlighter makeup in 4 simple steps…

  1. An open, mirrored-lid duo contour palette for light to medium skin tones in sleek rose-gold-coloured packaging.

    Step 1

    Using the Powder & Sculpt Brush, your highlighter across different parts of the face to create a glossy, radiant-looking complexion on the cheekbones, temples, nose, cupid’s bow and décolletage.

  2. An open, mirrored-lid highlighter palette with three powder highlighters in shades of white gold, rose gold, and golden.

    Step 2

    Brush delicately down the centre of your nose, concentrating on the bridge for a gorgeous look.

  3. Swatches of a glowy, duo powder contour palette for light to medium skin tones.

    Step 3

    Reveal goddess eyes and lips by applying as eyeshadow or on top of lip makeup.

  4. Swatches of three powder highlighters in shades of white gold, rose gold, and golden.

    Step 4

    Using the Powder & Sculpt Brush, apply the highlighter to your shoulders, down the centre of the arms, and across the décolletage for added luminescence.

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Charlotte Tilbury

Founder, President, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Charlotte Tilbury Beauty

With over 30 years experience, Charlotte Tilbury MBE is the world's number 1 makeup artist and British beauty entrepreneur. Charlotte established Charlotte Tilbury Beauty in 2013, which is now a record-breaking beauty brand that has won over 400 awards.