How to Highlight Your Face – Photo Tutorial

How to Highlight your cheeks

I love to highlight my cheeks. Basically you highlight the areas of your face that you want to enhance and “highlight” So if you have very chubby cheeks you would probably want to contour them (than highlight) so that your overall face looks slimmer. I really don’t follow too many makeup rules so I like to highlight my “winter chubby” cheeks as well. πŸ˜€


Apply the blush on your cheekbone ,going upwards towards the temple.



Then take a fluffy brush such as this. This is Sigma E 40. Similar brushes to this one are MAC 224 or Inglot 4SS. I have tried highlighting with tons of different brushes but i have failed miserably. For me this brush works perfectly. I can control the amount of product I want to use with this brush and do a precise highlighting with this. You can try highlighting with other brushes as well but for me , this works beautifully.

highlight Pick up a highlighter. I am using Bobbi brown Shimmer Brick in bronze.

Start by picking up a little highlighter and you can always build it up.

You have to make an “inverted C” starting from just on top of your blush going inward to your brow arch. (check photos below)

Place your brush just above where you have placed your blush.
go upward..

highlight and into the brow bone stopping below your brow arch. Slightly move your brush left and right so that your highlight looks well blended with your skin and there are no harsh lines.


Now blend your highlight into the blush by doing downward strokes with the brush . This is just to avoid any harsh lines.
You can also highlight your nose. this will make your nose look taller. I mostly avoid this step. highlight

Highlight the center of your forehead.

highlight Cupid’s will give a define look to your lips.

Also your chin.

That’s it ! you are done. πŸ™‚

Hope it helps! πŸ™‚

Tip : Use powder highlighter with a powder blush and cream highlighter with cream blush.

Happy highlighting!

How do you highlight your face? Which is your favourite highlighter?


197 thoughts on “How to Highlight Your Face – Photo Tutorial

      1. i hve become so hopeless…u c rati..i hve sem exam at 3 ..and i am at IMBB.. stress buster..seeing all tempting and beutifoooool thngs,,, :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: madness has taken toll,,

  1. do the same for me… :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: …thank you :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

      1. HUH? Excuse meeeee….where in my comments did you read it’s looking nice on you :smug: :smug: :smug: No nooo..what I meant is you seeeem to know how to I will permit you do the makeup for me..and of course I will look very prettty :smug:

        1. you toh have the highlighter blush only… :hunterwali: you don’t need to highlight :hunterwali:

          Just 2 days left for mickey contractor collection :yahoo: :yahoo: I am little little confoosed ?:)

        1. 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 :hunterwali: said it in one Chanel ka post first first naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa :-*

            1. ?:) ?:) ?:) ?:) You want to wipe my face? That make you feel better? Errr…okayyyy…oh but I use only Chanel ka cleansing oil :smug: :smug: and MAC makeup-remover wipes :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug:

                1. And then I will not wash my face :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: so I stay pretty :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

      1. he he he…nooo..I never knew how to use I think I had some cream highlighter from Revlon, lying somewhere untouched..I think I can use this tutorial now!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

            1. yeahhhhh Radsssssss…I will review some more German stuffs soon like Syoss Shampoo and Aok face wash and pimple cream!! :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo:

  2. This was what I wanted since long….. :thanks: :thanks: :thanks:
    Highlighting is what I always mess up with….this is going to help me for my sister’s wedding next week.
    Rati I have request…u need to help me. :jiggy2: :jiggy2:

      1. okiessssssss………….will mail u by today :thanks:
        abhi me going to work….catch ya all at nyt! :-*
        And I loved your earrings a lot :inlove: ……..makes me remember my danglers I use to wear in my college years….I stopped wearing them now…. :((

  3. :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: Kya baat Kya baat!!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:Lovved ur loook!!! Lippie is lukin ekdum mast dhinchaak…which one is it???? Can u suggest any powder highlighter Rati….

    1. Farha..I just read the comment..saw dhinchaak…and then saw Farha…I was like :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

      1. :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: Kahaan thi aap madam…we were not missin u :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo:

        1. Farha darrrrrrlinggggggggggggggg…I was silent silent seeing what all you ppls commentingsssss…”where is Rads” “miss you Rads” and alll I sawwwwwwwwww O:) O:) O:) O:) O:) Is cos I am so goood I am not boasting about it O:) O:) O:) O:) O:)

          1. Haaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwww!!!! U spyin on us 😯 😯 😯 😯 …Pls ignore my comment where i was doin Batwaara of ur Chanel,Lush and YSL…i was kiddin :secret2: :lying: :lying: :lying: :lying: :lying: :lying: :lying: :lying: :lying:

              1. Since Batwaara was my idea i get Chanel :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: ..u can keep YSl Rati since u called in second πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† ….lets start :zombiekiller: :zombiekiller: :zombiekiller: :zombiekiller: :zombiekiller: :zombiekiller: :zombiekiller:

      1. YUp :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: !!!! I already informed u in the ask imbb waala the maarninng…hehe thaanku…will chk these highlighters…Also i hnk if the blush has a bit of shimmer then we dnt need highlighter on cheeks na 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 …i saw Loreal mineral blushes the othr day..they had sooo much of shimmer…so was jst wonderinng…sahi ya galat..bataiye…. ?:) ?:) ?:) ?:) …hehe n i was goin to say pls say Revlon…and then say ur commnt above…but it luks diff on me… 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐

        1. Farha, I have topped it with tuck and fold lip glass , which is quite coraly orange..peach is much softer na.. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

          Thank god you got it. gggeee….hope you like the stuff..I am using that only these days. :yahoo:

          No you don’t use a separate highlighter if you blush already has shimmer in it. It would look OTT.

          1. Cant wait to try it :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: …i deperately needed an eye cream :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: …
            I hav Lychee lux..will try revlon with it…i had read sum commnt by u that Lychee lux is close to fold and tuck and since MAC didnt hav F&T i got this one… :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: Hav u tried Loreal mineral blushes??????

              1. I pickd up a lippie Spicy Cinnamon frm Loreal for my SIL…they had sum awesum shades…I fell in lovvv with their blue mineral kohl but they were out of stock..there is a discount of flat 10% off goin on in westside on all Loreal & streetwear products :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: Time to buy Loreal :yelo: :yelo: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot:

                  1. I remembered Ikky’s post on their eyeshadow :stars: :stars: :stars: …i steered clear of that counter..but the SA kept on insistin so jst got a nail paint :toothygrin: …

                    1. he he he ..i have absolutely nothing from street wear also..I dont even look at that counter..and the counter is located like 10 steps away from my house. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

                  1. Stupid Surat doesnt have Lifestyle,SS and crossword :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: …u knw i even wrote mails to SS and crossword to open up in Surat :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: ..grrrr..okay i knw i m crazyyyy…no need to commnt 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐

                    1. Dear personal matter…hmmmmmph… :spank: Why don’t you ask Farha all these questions :spank:

  4. this is what i always wanted. :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: :victory: :victory: :victory: :victory: :victory: and why were u blushing so much in all the pics?? :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ ?:) ?:) :vampire: :vampire: :vampire:

    1. monika, fold and tuck is a gloss specially formulated by rati for rati at one of her own make up counters :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue:

      1. i dont use a brush cos i feel u need a lot more product then and its wasted..i prefer using my fingertips and that way i use less of the product 2 πŸ™‚

        did u decide to pick up the moonbeam from benefit??? πŸ˜›

          1. hmmmm…what if u try mixing one the light mac pigments with the inglot liquid (which u reviewed) ..dont u think that can be used as a highlighter…i dont know…may be im just saying anything πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

            1. I havent tried as yet..let me try it today. πŸ™‚ I actually have a estee lauder highlighter pen but it is very is of skin tone shade and has a very subtle illuminating particles. Looks good during the day and especially in summers, when you don’t want too much stuff going on your face. so that’s there but I wnat a proper proper highlighter. I’ll check out inglot. i think they have a few. πŸ™‚

    1. Jomol..thk to ho..cyanide ka extraa dose to nahi ho gaya :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :stars: :stars: :stars: :stars: :stars: :stars: :stars: :stars:

  5. You know there should be a feature like liking someone’s comments, like how its there in facebook. Because I wanna like all the comments that say you look pretty here :woot:

  6. 😐 😐 😐 ek tho i dont know how to use blush….and now highlight ….. bookmarking !!!! :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

      1. I hav started usin Blush…but ekdum thoda thoda sa :tremble: :shame: …i hav converted to loooov the blush gang..Priya will join sooon :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot:

          1. Nopes…Sunbasque :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: …i m savin briar rose for a specialll occasion :shame: :lashes: :lashes: :lashes: …..
            raseele underwaear ka koi kya karna chahega…rads any idea???????? :stars: :stars: :stars: :stars: :stars: :stars: :stars: :stars: :stars: :stars:

  7. Just saving the pics in slide show form…thaknuuu Rati for such a nice tut :yes: :yes: :yes: :victory2: :waytogo:

  8. A very useful tutorial πŸ™‚ :worship:

    I use my mac 187 and body shop cheek and face powder in berry… I don’t do the “c” though, must try that tomorrow – I just lightly swipe onto my cheekbones, going upto my temple :blush:

  9. its easy to change na….number will remain same….you can change the providers from tomorrow…..your present number wonlt change from vodafone to airtel to any other provider

  10. nice tutorial rati… :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
    n ya i remembr, i got make up done last month n d lady used boby brown highlighter brick too ..i think silver one she had,,,i asked her a bit abt it but she ws lik acting sooo pricey n said it is not available in india , she got it frm bahargaon etc. :reallypissed: :reallypissed: :reallypissed: :reallypissed: :reallypissed: :reallypissed:

    1. Noopur it is actually not available in India. I got mine from Singapore. But you do have dupes available in the body shop and colorbar, you can pick either. πŸ™‚


  11. Rati! The lipcolor looks lovely! This shade suits you a lot! :waytogo:

    BTW did u feel the earthquake in Delhi! we didn’t feel anything here in Hyd!

      1. Oh!! Thanks. I am happy that you are liking the pigments. :)) I missed reading that…

        I dont have the lakme blush trio but I’ll do a post on contouring next . You cna use your lakme trio instead of the products I will be using. :)) I’ll give the references acc to try to the lakme blush trio. πŸ™‚

        I just buy my foot products from Nature’s co. That’s about it. Never tried their face products.

        1. awww!! you are most welcome. i myself go through archives to check out the products.lolll!!!

          Let me know how it works for sounds good though. :))

        2. hey Priti talking of forest essential,have you tried the kashmiri saffron n neem facewash??jhow did u like the one u used??

          1. Shanaiia..i am usin their kashmiri saffron and neem face wash..and i like it a lot!!!! :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

            1. oh wow Thanx Farha.:) πŸ™‚ :)..acually I already bought one the other day…i was kinda attracted to the packing n the color of the facewash…but i havent started using it yet..cos Im still using my clinique,nivea oxygen and teatree face washes…i thot let me ask people on Imbb or else i’d go return it as it’s still packed πŸ˜›
              I’ll start using it tonight then πŸ˜›

              1. In short the review is
                Smells awesome…like rose water types…
                Very mild…does not lather much…i use it after i use their saundarya ubtan..and it brightens up my face… :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

            1. i think Tejasvi has pure ghee in it…an aunt of mine once told me that pure cows milk ghee is very good for the skin and hair…and i laughed at her…but it seems that its true !!

  12. awwww πŸ˜† tat lip highlight was rofl :yelo: :yelo: super duper tutorial πŸ˜‰ but oly thing i can implement it 😐 in chennai ppl luk at u lik u r sum weirdo if u wear a lippie :spank:

    1. yeah I have heard the similar thing from another reader as well. But thankfully Aarthi (who also lives in Chennai) gives me hope . πŸ™‚

      :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

  13. lol πŸ˜† i have read her comments πŸ™‚ i wear oly olay and maybelline tinted lipbalm in the morn and moi bus driver looks at me lik am sum kind of alien wearing lipstick :zombiekiller: :zombiekiller:

  14. Hi Rati…gr8 post :victory: and u r looooking sooooo sweet..golu molu… :hughright: but if u can post a video tutorial for contouring, it will be gr8….waiting for that… :waiting:

  15. Ratiiiiiiiiiiiiiii…check mail :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo:

  16. lovely lovely Rati darling!!!! lolzzz
    very beautiful… i didnt know u cud highlight cheeks too… I only did on the brow bone and cupids bow…..
    will try πŸ˜‰

  17. I missed IMBB!!! finallly got some time…. i had sooo much work to do… :(( Finally i got time to read everything :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

  18. i like this highlighter it looks sooo subtle…!

    but it rings some bells ..i think iv seen colourbar making these these types! have they copied? 😯 😯

  19. Grrrr my cheeks are too sexy and HUGE for highlighting.. the only time I can do it is with red lippie, to *ahem* divert attention ….. :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue:

  20. Nice tutorial Rati! My cheeks also on the chubby rather than slimmer side but I’m gonna try this out! I have MAC ‘naked’ pigment and I guess it shuould work as a highlighter.

  21. Awesome tutorial. :thanks: I was thinking of asking you to do one. The lipstick looks too good on you. Love it. :yes:
    I have read in many blogs that these shimmer bricks are a multipurpose product: you can use as eyeshadow,blush,highlighter. But i just wonder wouldn’t my face look too shimmery ?
    Are there any rules of thumb for highlighting – like when to highlight browbone or cheek or chin ?Or should I be highlighting everything? I mean if I highlight everything on my face, wouldn’t i look all shimmery or OTT ?? I just don’t know when i should be highlighting what and When not. ?:)

    1. AyeDee, Shimmer bricks are quite shimmery , as the name says and also multi purpose but I am not too fond of such shimmery eye shadows so I use it mostly as a highlighter. You highlight your part of you face that you want to probably enhance. Let’s say if you have a flatter nose, just put a little highlight on your nose and it would give an illusion of a taller nose..same with cheek bones. So highlighting is not the same for everyone.. you have to sort of decide what you want to highlight and what you want to contour.

      Shimmer brick is super shimmery and that’s where the role of brush comes..he reason i use this brush is that I can control the amount and placement of product on my face.You can even use a fan brush for this but I like this eyeshadow brush more.

      1. hi Rati – wasnt sure if you had seen my reply above but really nice Tutorial..wud love a session on Contouring since i have a really round face..i think i do a decent job by myself but some tips wud help..i am currently using a MAC blush in Mocha/body shop loose powder in a slightly darker shade (which works just like a blush)

  22. Verryyyy nice tutorial :yes: i always thought how do ppl highlight the cheeks n all! I have MAC strobe liquid u think it can b used as highlighter? N with wat kinda blush? ?:)

  23. i have just ordered the Oriflame highlighter. any idea how good this is? I am planning on just using my fingers to highlight. will that work or is a brush always better?

  24. This lip color suits you a lot Rati. I saw you wear a similar shade-Lakme lip artist terracotta; and that suited you very well too! This type of color complements your skin and makes you glow… :pompom:

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