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How to Highlight Your Body with Everyday Cream Highlighter

A cream highlighter is exactly as it sounds: A cream-based illuminator that catches light to makes the skin glow. While cream highlighters are primarily thought of as a makeup product for adding a lit-from-within glow to the high points of the face, it can also do the same for your body. "If you're looking to create consistency in your glam, bringing glow down to the chest and shoulders can really bring [a look] together," says makeup artist Judi Gabbay.

Highlighter is the opposite of contour. "When you contour, you use a color darker than your skin tone to create the illusion that certain features are pushed inwards to give a chiseled effect," explains makeup artist Alexa Persico. "Highlighting uses a shimmery shade that is much lighter than your skin tone to catch light and accentuate your features, making them look more prominent."

While highlighting the body is an easy and effective step to add to an everyday look, Persico highly recommends it for times you'll be in front of the camera, such as special moments like a wedding. Here's why: "Highlighting the collarbones, shoulders and front and back of the arms will help create a more three-dimensional figure," she says. "Highlighting the legs is also a must, especially if you are wearing a shorter skirt or dress. You can make your legs look longer and stand out."

Curious to learn how to use a cream highlighter on the body? Follow these pro tips from Gabbay and Persico ahead.

“Highlighting uses a shimmery shade to catch light and accentuate your features..."

Where to Apply Highlighter on the Body

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