5 Ways Highlighter Can Reshape Your Face

Like real-time Photoshop.

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Playing up (or down) certain features always seemed like an elaborate process that involves a whole lot of concealer, some crazy brushes, and the skilled hand of a makeup artist—until now. Thanks to celebrity makeup artist Mirna Jose, the secret art of makeup illusion is not so mindboggling after all. What it takes: A little highlighter (that matches your skin tone), an eye shadow brush, and your fingertip.

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1 Brighten Tired Eyes
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Maybe you tossed and turned all night—and whether it was for a good reason (yes, girl) or a bad one (dammit)—it still doesn't make for a great look. Whatever's behind your tired eyes, here's an easy way to wake them up. Using a small flat eyeliner brush, apply a powder highlighter, like the lightest shade from L'Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator quad, following the "V" from the inner corner of the eye to the tear duct, says Jose.

2 Plump Up Your Pout
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You don't need to resort to Kylie Jenner measures to make your lips seem fuller. With your pinky, dab a tiny bit of liquid highlighter, such as L'Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator, just above your cupid's bow. "The reflection of light creates an instant pouty effect," says Jose.

3 Shape-Shift Your Nose
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Refining the shape of your nose is as easy as drawing a narrow line with a light powder highlighter like L'Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator from the top to the tip using a flat eye shadow brush. Jose's rule: "The skinnier the line, the narrower your nose will look."

4 Get Pretty Doe Eyes
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To give the impression of bigger, brighter eyes, use your ring finger to dot a powder highlighter, like L'Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator, on the center of your eyelids (on top of your eye shadow). This adds a pretty touch so that when the light hits, your eyes will pop.

5 Raise Those Eyebrows
Jeff Allen

Thick, "natural" (and yet requiring pencil and/or powder) brows are the new normal. The key is keeping those bold arches looking lifted, so you don't channel a droopy, Neanderthal vibe. Using liquid highlighter like L'Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator, and your pinky or a tiny flat angled brush, trace along the length of your brows just above and below, Jose says: "This attracts light and gives the appearance of a lift."

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