While several ways to apply highlighter exist, the simplest method is to use a pressed highlighter and a loose, slightly small fluffy brush. Dab your brush into your highlighter, tap off the excess, and lightly sweep the brush along the very top of your cheekbone, from about an inch under the outer corner of your eye up toward your temple.
Although TikTok might tell you to dust a ton of highlighter directly onto the tip of your nose, where you apply highlighter depends on your nose shape and how you want it to look. If you want to amplify the point if your nose, then tap a bit of highlighter on the tip of your nose. If you’d like to contour your nose and make it appear more angular, sweep your highlighter lightly down the bridge of your nose.
This last highlighter step is optional (as are, well, all of them really), but highlighting your cupid’s bow can help contour the shape of your lips and make them appear a bit fuller. It also just looks beautiful, TBH. With the same eyeshadow brush, apply your highlighter lightly in a sweeping motion onto your cupid’s bow.
If you prefer a more reflective, intense highlight, a loose highlighter will give you a more pigmented look. Instead of using a large fan brush, though, look for a mini fan brush to use with loose highlighters. This will help concentrate the product and prevent the loose particles from flying all over your face.
The end result using liquid or cream highlights appears the most natural out of each type of highlighter, IMHO, making you look lit from within. You don’t even need a brush. Using your finger to apply liquids and creams helps those products melt into your skin. In the end, you’ll have a glowing canvas with no signs of patchiness to be found.