How To Highlight Your Skin Without A Highlighter


There was never a time when a highlighter wasn’t essential to our daily beauty ritual. After all, you cannot bring your A game if your skin isn’t incandescent, even after a perfectly-applied concealer and eyeliner.

Highlight Your Skin Without A Highlighter

If highlighter is your swear-by product, give these 13 non-highlighter brightening products a try.

Making use of primer and eyeshadow can consolidate your makeup ritual, along with other beauty hauls, to get your skin highlighted in a pinch. We guarantee that every product you need is already in your makeup bag. Isn’t this exciting?

So let’s get started!

How To Highlight Skin When You Don’t Have Highlighter?

Do not stress anymore. There is ample alternatives. Take a look below:

1. Can You Use Eyeshadow As A Highlighter?

Shimmery powder eyeshadows may work amazingly for adding radiance to dry skin. But cream formulas will work on all skin types as they tend to absorb into the skin, creating a soft finish.

The ideal shades are champagne, gold, and peachy shades. And they can be applied onto the cheekbones, inner eye corner, brow bones, and Cupid’s bow using clean fingertips.

If you’re looking for a powder formula, we’d suggest Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mono Eyeshadow in 009. And, for a cream option, we’d recommend Clinique Chubby Shadow Tint for Eyes in Grandest Gold and Maybelline New York Colour Tattoo in Barely Branded.

Eyeshadow As Highlighter

2. Use Vaseline For Instant Glow:

If you are more a cream-and-liquid kind of girl than powder, then Vaseline can be ideal for you. The product works amazing as a dewy, glossy substitute.

3. Dab Lip Gloss On Cheeks:

If you have a clear gloss nearby, then use it to your advantage, especially when you run out of highlighter. This will give you a similar wet and shiny finish. Pop it on your finger first. Then lightly dab across your cheekbones. If you want to define your lips, wear matte lipstick. The contrast will really make it pop!

4. Can You Use Concealer As Highlighter?

Do you have a concealer that is two-three shades lighter than your skin tone? Good for you, because it can be used for highlighting your skin. Apply the concealer, but this time extending it to your cheeks.
Dab extra onto the inner corners of your eyes. It will create a natural, sun-kissed finish!

Concealer As Highlighter

5. Radiance Infusing Primer:

After you are done with your makeup, apply a silicone-based radiant primer to create a soft-focus glow. This can bring out a subtle glow and give a natural no-makeup look.
Select a primer that is required to enhance radiance. Blend a bit into normal areas like cheekbones, bridge of the nose, and revel in your pearly complexion!

6. Loose Glitter:

For a little bit of party look, apply a pinch of subtle shimmer powder. Dab Vaseline to your cheekbones and dust glitter on top for a shimmery skin.

7. Shimmer Lipstick:

Just like how your red or pink lipstick can double as a blusher, your shimmery lipsticks can also double as a highlighter. Just apply different shimmer lipsticks on your face and be done with it.

Pink Lipstick

8. Shimmer Body Bar:

Try one of Lush shimmer body bar to give your face highlighting reasons.

Lush shimmer body bar

9. DIY Highlighter:

Making your own highlighter is deceptively easy. This can truly help you save money, as well as time. For making your highlighter, you will need moisturizer, loose powder, container, and spatula. Add two or three squirts of moisturizer to a clean container, and add loose powder. Mix it well. Repeat the process if you want a thicker consistency. And there you have it, your very own highlighter!

10. Glitter Hairspray:

This is not recommended for daily use but you can use shimmer hairspray to replace highlighter. This can also help set your makeup and highlight your best features.

11. Glitter Lip Smacker:

Lip smackers are a reminder of our childhood makeup. If you are lucky to still have a shimmery one, put it to use and rub it on your face.

13. Moisturizer:

The wrong moisturizer can make your skin look shiny in the wrong areas. But when you use the same moisturizer sparingly on your best facial features, it suddenly highlights your face. You need only a little bit of moisturizer to create a sheen. For the final step, apply foundation with little moisturizer by dabbing it onto cheekbones. This can give your skin a double dose of moisture too.

These are the top beauty product alternatives we have come up with for whenever you don’t have a highlighter. We hope these products can boost your glow. It goes without saying that this can give your skin a double dose of moisture too. Do you have an opinion on this? If yes, then shoot us a comment below


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