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How to Use Highlighter on Black Skin

Learn how to use highlighter on black skin from professional makeup artist Nicole Williams in this Howcast makeup tutorial.


Woman 1: So applying a highlighter on African American skin is really simple. Again, you want to stay focused in this area. The high cheekbone area, the bridge of the nose, the middle of the chin, and the middle of the forehead. Those are the points that you really want to highlight so they stand out. What I'm going to do is use a liquid first, and then top it with a powder. They both are highlighters, but I like the feel and the texture that it gives to the skin by using the liquid and the powder. So just spread a little bit. I'm going to use the back of my hand, you don't mind, do you?

Woman 2: No.

Woman 1: All right. And I like to use the Cozette Divinity Brush. And I like it because it has sort of a tapered but full at the head at the top. And if you notice, this liquid has sort of like a golden effect, golden shimmer. Because of her skin tone it really compliments, because she's warm. This highlighter really compliments her skin tone. So now I'm going to go over it with the Nars Albatross Highlighting Powder right on top. You can even go like a little bit under the brow if you want, just to intensify the look. It's that simple. Can be one alone, just a liquid or a powder, or together.

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