Do you sometimes notice that your highlighter looks unnatural no matter how much you blend it, follow the steps you find on YouTube tutorials, and even buy all the vlogger-approved highlighter products? You apply it on your face, expecting to look like a glazed dream, but you just end up looking like you have a ton of shimmer on your cheeks. And you have no idea why. Well, the potential culprit might actually surprise you.
Apparently, achieving a natural-looking glow relies on the order of your makeup application. Benefit Cosmetics makeup artist Czari Domingo shares her secrets to achieving born-with-it dewy skin. Instead of doing your highlighter last as a finishing step, Czari suggests that strobing should come first before blush and contour. And we think it makes sense: Highlighter is meant to improve the skin's appearance so it's only logical that it should be done after perfecting the base.
Keep scrolling to find out her recommended routine for your best highlight ever:
1. Apply a pore-blurring primer on the areas where you'll normally put on highlighter. This step will prevent the shimmers from emphasizing large pores and rough skin texture.
2. After you've applied foundation and concealer, dab a cream or liquid highlighter on top of your cheekbones and on the bridge of your nose.
3. Using your fingers, dab and blend a tint or cream blush on the apples of your cheeks.
4. Brush on loose powder on the T-zone to control shine.
5. Once the liquid products have settled, apply a powder highlighter on your cheekbones with a light hand.
6. Then, set your cheek tint with a powder blush.
7. Lastly, but this is optional, sculpt your face with a matte bronzer.
And you're done! Take it from us, there really is a difference with moving the steps around. Tweaking the order of steps really helps achieve a more seamless highlight.
*This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.