Go ahead and scroll through your social media feeds and while you’re at it, take a moment to notice the makeup that’s illuminating everyone’s faces. While you’re sure to see shades of shimmering champagne and pearlescent white streaked across their cheeks, those aren’t the only highlighter hues that are likely to attract your attention. Nowadays, highlighter isn’t solely available in high-shine neutrals—people are branching out and brightening their complexions with pastel highlighting powders and creams. We’re talking pinks, purples, and most recently, blue highlighters. And good news, it isn’t as hard to pull off as it might sound! You can participate in this makeup trend and sport shades of brightening blue even if you aren’t typically adventurous with your makeup look. Keep reading to learn all about how to wear blue highlighter—but first, we’re sharing our best blue highlighters to try.
Our Best Blue Highlighters
Before you can start practicing wearing blue highlighter, you’ll need to get your hands on one. Pick from our two best options below, depending on whether you’re partial to a powder or cream highlight.
If you prefer a powder highlight…try the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Shimmerista Highlighting Powder in Moonlight. This ultra-fine loose powder offers a powerful punch of pigment in a prismatic shade of blue. And as an added bonus, you can use it on your body, too!
If you prefer a cream highlight…try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Galaxy Stick in Astro Blue. This convenient highlighting stick can be swiped on wherever you want a (blue) holographic glow. Talk about trendy!
How to Wear Blue Highlighter
Ready to add a bit of blue to your makeup routine? Don’t worry, we promise you won’t look like a cartoon character. Here’s how to wear blue highlighter—the right way:
Step 1: Start with foundation, concealer, and powder
Don’t apply blue highlighter to bare skin, you’ll want to create an even base with your face makeup first. Start by applying a foundation with a radiant finish, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation, using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender. After foundation, cover up dark circles with the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer. Then, you’re almost ready to break out a blue highlighter. But before you do, set everything with a translucent powder, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder.
Step 2: Apply blue highlighter to the highpoints of your face
Ready to glow? Grab your blue highlighter of choice and apply it above your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, under your arches, along your cupid’s bow, and around the inner corners of your eyes. Of course, how you’ll apply will differ slightly depending on the product you choose. If you picked a powder, use a fan brush to pick up a small amount of product from the lid of your highlighter, then sweep it onto key spots. For a cream, simply swipe the stick onto the high points of your face and use the pad of your finger to blend out.
Step 3: Curl and coat lashes with mascara
Every makeup look requires giving your lashes a little love. Start by curling them with your handy-dandy eyelash curler, then swipe on a coat or two of mascara. For voluptuous volume and lush length, use the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara. And if you aren’t quite satisfied with your lashes, you can always give them an extra boost of length or volume, by layering the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Primer underneath.
Step 4: Swipe on a neutral lip color
If you’re wearing a colorful highlighter, it’s always a good idea to stick with a lip color that’s less attention-grabbing. Apply a shade of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Les Chocolats Scented Liquid Lipstick, which comes in neutral colors that are wearable and perfectly suited for every day.
And that’s it! Now you’re free to shine bright—and blue.
Interesting in rocking another shade of highlighter? Here’s How to Wear Gold Highlighter on Every Skin Tone.
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