As summer nears and the weather starts to warm up, it’s common to want to let your skin breathe as much as possible. The thought of layers and layers of makeup can feel a little claustrophobic when you’re in the midst of a heatwave. Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you have to completely forgo wearing makeup. One of the the quickest and easiest ways to brighten up your complexion and look summer fabulous is by applying a highlighter. A highlighter not only gives your face an instant lift but showers you with a glow that makes you look like a glammed-up goddess.
To achieve a natural highlighted effect, you’ll want to place your focus on the bridge of your nose, above your cheekbones, your brow bones, cupid’s bow and the center of your forehead. While there are a variety of makeup brushes you can use to apply highlighter, one tried and true beauty tool is the fan brush. Because of its half-moon shape, it makes applying highlighter easier. The smaller and thinner the bristles are, the easier it is to build your highlighter naturally. This is especially important when you are working with highlighters that have high shimmer or tiny specks of glitter.
One way to ensure your highlighter is on point is making sure you’re using the right shade for your skin tone. Because there are so many options out there, it’s good to know what shades to steer clear from. The best way to determine what will flatter your skin tone the best is choosing a highlighter that is two to three shades lighter than your foundation or skin tone. The fairest skin tones look great with highlighters with pink shades, whereas medium tones looks amazing with peach shades and darker tones with peach to bronzed shades.
Once you’ve determined the best fitting highlighter shade for your skin tone, you can go to town finding the right one for you! Our go-to highlighters at the moment are from Artist Couture. These shimmery loose powders are out-of-this-world gorgeous! Whether you’re looking for a more traditional highlighter or channeling your inner mermaid, Artist Couture has it all! These finely-milled powders set on the skin so beautifully, you’ll want to dust them all over. Since it’s summer, feel free to bathe in it!
Check out our video on how to get the perfect summer glow!
Liz Cabrera is a skin care enthusiast who has worked at Planet Beauty for 10 years. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing from the University of California, Long Beach. She has a love for film, jazz and the Humor boards on Pinterest.