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In college, highlighters served one purpose: to pick out key information that might show up on an exam. Nowadays, the highlighters of our makeup bag are a lot more complicated (though decidedly less neon). Wielded properly, they have the ability to deliver the kind of radiant skin we usually only see on celebs—but one false move and you’re all stripes and opalescent splotches. In this season of thanksgiving, we’re especially grateful for Chella’s easy-to-use highlighter pencil, which allows for laser-like application. We’ve rounded up 10 simple use cases to help you put your best face forward.
With your index finger, carefully pull down your lower lid to expose your inner rim. Then gently go over your waterline with the pencil, taking special care not to poke yourself!
Contour with this technique: Starting near the inner corner of your eye, draw the pencil downward at a slight angle until you're in line with the center of your nose. Then, trace upwards towards outer corner of your eye. The result should look like a large check mark. Finally, blend, blend, blend.
Eye shadow has a tendency to slip-side right off after a couple of hours. To solve this perennial problem, dab Chella’s highlighter onto lids first. The formula color-corrects like a concealer and provides a smooth surface for both shadow and liner to grasp onto.
To lighten up, gently apply in a triangle shape under your eyes and diffuse with your ring finger.
Apply highlighter all over to your face using long, outward strokes. Layer on your usual foundation with a brush, blending the two products together. Watch skin take on a lovely glow.
Glide the pencil above your brows in a large, upside-down U-shape. Blend with your ring finger or a small, densely bristled brush.
To highlight the natural shape of brows and give them a lift, apply along the brow bone and blend.
To erase the effects of late nights and little sleep, trace along the inner corners of your eyes. The light-reflecting particles work like eight cups of coffee (minus the jitters).
Swipe the illuminator down the bridge of your nose and pat into skin to bring all the attention to the middle of your face.
OK, not quite. But fuller-looking lips are within your grasp: Dab the highlighter just above your cupid's bow.