How To Get That Glow | Highlighting 101

Hey Beauties! 

It probably comes at no surprise that I am all about that glow, you will never see me without a luminous base, a dewy finish and an overdose of highlight on my cheekbones. I have had many questions on how I get such a glowing complexion or how I know when to apply each product so I thought I would compile a bit of a Highlighting 101 type of post with some of my favourite products. 

From the Base Up

The key to achieving the perfect radiant glow is to start from the base of your makeup and use layers to create a multi-dimensional glow. The first step in creating that glow is to use a liquid illuminator before your makeup. They come in a few different forms but mainly you will find them built into primers or on their own. 

A radiance primer can be applied all over the face before any makeup. A stand alone liquid highlighter can be mixed in with your foundation or applied directly to the high points (areas sun would naturally hit – cheekbones, temples, middle of the forehead, tip of the nose, cupid’s bow, chin) of your face before your base makeup. 

Products I Recommend  


– L’oreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer ($18)

– Laura Mercier Radiance Primer ($40)

– Becca Cosmetics Backlight Priming Filter ($46)

– Stila Cosmetics One Step Illuminate ($47)


– L’oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Illuminators

– NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminators ($7.50 USD)

– Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfectors ($50)

Conceal & Accentuate

If you want to bring an extra ounce of light and radiance to your complexion, you might want to try highlighting with concealer. After you have applied your base, take a concealer that is 1 to 2 shades lighter than your normal skin tone and apply it in a few keys places to bring light and attention to those areas. Apply the concealer underneath your eyes, along the bridge of your nose, in the middle of your forehead, on your cupid’s bow and in the dip in your chin. Once blended in, the concealer will act as a spotlight on those particular features. 

Products I Recommend

– Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer ($12)

– Maybelline Fit Me Concealer ($10)

– Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer ($11.99)

– Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer ($34)

– MAC Pro Longwear Concealer ($25)

Creams Before Powders

When building a multi-dimensional glow it is incredibly important to remember the rules of makeup application. Just like a mathematical equation, as in math you always do things in a certain order, makeup application is all about the order in which you apply products and how you blend them together. When it comes to highlighting you always want to apply a cream or liquid product before you apply any powders. 

After you have applied your liquid illuminator and followed that with any foundation or concealer you can then go in with a cream or liquid highlighter and further accentuate the high points of your face. I personally love to take a cream stick highlighter and run it along my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose for that extra oomph. Once I have all of my creams and liquids in place and blended out, I will then go in with an illuminating setting powder to make sure my hard work will last all day long. 

Products I Recommend

– L’oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Illuminators

– Benefit Cosmetics Watts Up ($39)

– Benefit Cosmetics High Beam ($34)

– Stila Cosmetics All Over Shimmer Liquid ($26)

Final Touch

The final layer in the highlighting equation is to add a touch – or a ton – of powder illuminator to the high points of your face. You will already have a nice radiant glow from all of the liquid and cream products but a powder on top will add that perfect final touch. I like to take a bit of powder on a fan brush and dust it onto my cheeks, my temples, my nose and my chin. I will then take a fluffy blending brush and buff out all of the edges to create a flawless glow instead of a streak of sparkles. 

Products I Recommend 

– Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors Pressed ($46)

– Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder – Luminous ($52)

– Laura Mercier Matte Baked Radiance Powder – 01 ($48)

– NYX Powder Illuminators

– The Balm Mary Lou Manizer 

You will now be a glowing goddess so go ahead and apply your blush and lipstick and then make sure to spritz yourself with a setting spray to make all of the powder and cream products blend together seamlessly. 

I hope those tips help you find your glow but always remember that the best glow comes from within! 

What are your favourite highlighting products?



  1. Laura Ferry
    October 9, 2015 / 10:04 pm

    I prefer powder to liquid highlighters. The Becca one looks lovely! xxx

  2. Tee Joe
    October 10, 2015 / 2:11 pm

    I always admire you ladies who can achieve that beautiful radiant glow look. My attempts are always an EPIC FAIL. I look like a fluorescent light bulb that is about to burn out. I would have loved to see your finished looked. Great Post!!!!!

  3. Ursula Ball
    October 12, 2015 / 2:28 am

    I admire and enjoy your review on highlighters which I want to explore more later on in my makeup routine!! I use lightest color in eye colors to for eye highlights and a little shimmer cream mixed in my foundation/tinted moisturizer on my face!

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