Every dewy skin lover will tell you that, yes, you can never have too much highlighters in your collection. Each compact and stick that we own has a different effect and purpose. Need a strong highlighter? Brush that glow on with a powder highlight. Going for a natural look? Swipe that creamy stick over your cheeks and blend with your fingers.
That said, not all products that give luminous skin come in traditional highlighter packaging. In fact, Laura Mercier's lead makeup artist Mark Qua thinks that your newest glow obsession might already be in your own collection.
"Facial oil, especially ones that don’t leave a sticky feeling, works well as a highlighter since it’s absorbed by the skin and gives you a natural-looking glow," says the makeup artist.
For a seamless finish, Mark recommends applying the oil on the high points of your face with your fingers. "It’s the best way of doing it, just make sure to use the right amount of product and dab—never rub—so it wouldn’t ruin your makeup underneath."
His go-to for this is Laura Mercier’s Infusion de Rose Nourishing Oil, which is a blend of skin-loving oils like sunflower, soybean and rosehip. Oils with a lightweight texture like argan oil work, too!
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HUMAN NATURE Premium Grade Pure Rosehip Oil, P750, Beauty Bar; LAURA MERCIER Infusion de Rose Nourishing Oil, P3050, Glorietta 3
Mark adds that you can also intensify your glow by layering oil over already highlighted skin—perfect if you're going for beaming cheeks! "I’ve tried layering the oil on top of a powder highlighter and dabbing it on areas where I want to give more glow," he says. Just dab the oil where you usually would apply anything with shimmer: the top of your cheekbones, the brow bone and the bridge of your nose. Here's a look he did on Jodi Sta. Maria using the same technique:
Now for the question that’s probably been on your mind the whole time: will it work on oily skin? Indeed, it can. The makeup artist explains, "Those with oily skin should just position the oil properly—avoid applying it on parts [where] you get the most shine." Meaning, steer clear from the area around your nose, your chin, as well as your forehead if you don't want to look like a disco ball!