The first thing you’ll need to master this makeup trend is the right tool for the job. Although it’s common to apply face highlighter powder with a large fan brush – it’s time to ditch this approach! Get your hands on a dense eyeshadow brush instead, one that you can apply a little water or makeup setting spray to. This will allow for a saturated, pigmented application of your face highlighter products, pinpointing exactly where you want the flare to go.
To achieve a perfectly Instagram-able highlight, you’ll need to match your highlighter product to your skin’s undertone.
For pale skin tones, opt for more of an icy, white-toned highlighter like the versatile Urban Decay Liquid Aura Illuminating Mix-In Medium – a liquid highlighter that can be mixed into your foundation for an all-over shimmer or applied on top of it to achieve the flare highlighter look.
For warmer skin tones, go for pink or gold highlighters such as the illuminating Maybelline Facestudio® Master Chrome™ Metallic Highlighter for a gorgeous, bronzy glow. Apply your highlighter from the highest part of your cheekbones, along your brow bone, to just below the eyebrow. Dab a little blaze on the tip of your nose, in the inner corner of your eyes and across your cupid’s bow (the top part of your upper lip).
Finishing off your flare highlight look with a makeup setting spray is essential to keeping it in place all day or night, so you’re always camera ready. We recommend the refreshing NYX Professional Makeup Dewy Finish Setting Spray or the steadfast Urban Decay Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray for ultimate hold for up to 12 hours.
Pro tip: Try to capture your flare highlight in natural lighting if possible, this tends to give off the most intense finish in photos. You glow, girl!