A highlighter is used to bring out certain aspects of the face such as the brow bones and the cheek bones. It can be used in several places-along the cheek bones, below the eye brows, above the upper lip, down the bridge of the nose and on the along the inner corner of the eyes. A highlighter can take you from dull to radiant is seconds.
It’s my go-to when doing even the simplest make up looks. Today I’m sharing one of my favorite makeup DIYs of all times, my DIY highlighter.
There are several very popular highlighters on the market but the problem is, they are full of potentially harmful ingredients. Since a highlighter is either in a powder form or balm form, I figured it had to be a doable DIY, and I was right! This is one of my favorite DIYs that I use daily!
My daughter had a ballet recital not long ago-dance recitals are one of the few times it’s acceptable to put make up on a 5 year old and I love it! This highlighter worked so well-she was GLOWING, yet still safe with this 3 ingredient recipe!
This DIY highlighter recipe is very similar to a basic lip balm recipe except that I have added white mica powder.
Mica powder is a mineral derived from ground up rocks. It’s the same ingredient that you find in mineral make up. Mica powder is safe for the skin as well as the other ingredients in this recipe!
You can find white mica powder here.
DIY Cheek and Brow Highlighter
- Fill a medium sized pot 1/2 way full with water.
- Place a glass pyrex measuring cup in the pot.
- Combine all ingredients in the glass cup and heat over medium heat until melted.
- Once the ingredients have melted, pour into an open tub or tin.
- Because the mica tends to sink to the bottom during the cooling and hardening process, it is necessary to stir your mixture periodically in order to disperse the mica.
- Once you have thoroughly stirred your highlighter, press the balm into the tin to create a smooth texture.
>I apply this DIY highlighter with my fingers but you could also use a beauty blender or a brush. Either way works!
Find 1 ounce tins HERE.
I always use a DIY highlighter on the inner corner of my eyes, it helps to open my eyes as well as gives a fresh, young look. I also include it on my cheek bones and right above my lip-try it if you haven’t-it really does something special for lips! In these pics I also dabbed a little in the middle of my bottom lip to give the illusion of a pout.
Seriously, if you haven’t discovered the magic of a highlighter-today is your lucky day!
For an added boost of radiance, try my DIY makeup setting spray for dewy skin recipe!
P.S. Check out my cream blush/lip stain recipe. It’s just like this one but with red mica. It’s another favorite of mine!