Highlighting 101: How To Highlight Your Features With Makeup


A lot of you have been asking me about highlighting, so what exactly is the deal? Basically, when you highlight a feature, you try to make it more prominent.

How To Do It
Highlighting different areas give different effects. For instance, highlighting the bridge of your nose will make it look taller while dabbing a shimmery gloss in the center of your lips will create an illusion of thicker lips. Other areas you can highlight are:

* Brow bone
* Inner corner of the eye
* Under the eyes
* Cheekbones
* T-zone (skip this if you have oily skin)

Product Recs
Highlighters mostly come in three forms – cream, liquid and powder. Below are some of my favorites:

* NARS All About Eve Eyeshadow Duo
* MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes in lighter colors
* MAC Strobe Cream
* Revlon Skinlights Lotion
* Wet n Wild All Over Shimmetr
* Stila All Over Shimmer powder
* MAC Cream Color Base in Pearl

The key to picking the right product is to look for products with fine shimmer particles and not glitter.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. hey, i was just wondering if you could write a review or entry for facial masks/packs.
    What’s the difference between clay and mud packs? & What brands are good?

    i know you’ve been busy lately, so no rush.. 😀

  2. hello i was wondering, can you post a step by step on how to do highlighting with the MAC Strobe Cream(or any of those products you recommended)?

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