How should you use liquid highlighters and powder highlighters?

As a beauty enthusiast, I love trying new products and techniques in the world of beauty.  With trying different products and techniques you have to sometimes take a step back and educate yourself.  I am all about the glow-up for spring and summer this year and I’m happy I’ve found the products that work best for me to do it.  Highlighters are definitely a must for adding a little shine to your look and they come from many brands and in different forms: including powders and liquids.  But which one do you use and when? Is there a difference? Yes ma’am (or sir) there is!

So, when do I use a liquid highlighter?

Liquid highlighters are not for the faint of heart.  You know why? Because they are more concentrated and involve a more intensive application process; they are a bit unforgiving.  When I say concentrated, I mean pigmented and a little goes a long way with this type highlighter.  You want to use liquid highlighters to enhance specific spots like the high points of your cheek, nose, and cupid’s bow.

Ok, cool, what about powder highlighters?

Powder highlighters are less intense and are great for those just starting to highlight.  They are definitely more forgiving than the liquid highlighters and are generally easier to work with.  I gravitate toward powder highlighters when I’m looking for a more natural and everyday look.  These could be used to enhance the overall glow of your look or focus on specific areas.

Here are some liquid and powder highlighters to try:


cars highlighter albatross

NARS Highlighting Blush in Albatross


becca highlighter

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector

pixi aspynovard

Pixi + ASPYNOVARD – Glow-y Powder


elf highlighter

e.l.f. Highlighter


urban decay highlighter

Urban Decay Afterglow 8 Hour Powder Highlighter


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