No matter how much or how little makeup I wear, there is one beauty hack I can't seem to part with — and trust me — it makes all the difference. There are plenty of days I wake up, look in the mirror and think, "Wow, I look tired today!" Sometimes, even after a great night's sleep, my concealer still doesn't seem to completely get rid of my dark circles. Sound familiar?
Well, luckily there's a really easy fix! If you're a makeup guru like me, you're probably already familiar with the idea of highlighting, whether it be your brow or cheek bones, chances are, it's probably second nature by now. But, the one place you should never skip is the inner corners of your eyes. When done correctly, this little bit of color will fix what your concealer can't — it will help you look more awake!
When it comes to highlighting this area, you can use a traditional highlighter or my personal favorite, a light, nude eyeshadow. Choose a color that isn't too far off from your natural skin tone, as Refinery 29 points out. If you have a tan, for example, you might want to swap that white eyeshadow for a light peachy or pink shade. And if you have dark skin naturally, opt for a shade slightly lighter than your natural skin tone. Both matte and shimmery shades will work, depending on the look you are trying to create.
To make things a little bit easier, I'm going to share a few of my favorite products for this trick. As a fan of natural makeup, I'm also going to include plenty of nude palettes that are great for summer and also happen to include amazing highlight shades.
1. Naked Basics Palette
Naked Basics Palette, sephora.com, $36.00
No matter what your skin tone, Naked Basics has the perfect highlight shade for just about any skin tone. My personal favorite? Foxy!
2. Too Faced Natural Eyes
Too Faced Natural Eyes, sephora.com, $36.00
Another great choice for all different skin tones! Plus, combining Heaven with Silk Teddy makes for the perfect shimmery inner corner highlight.
3. Naked Palette - Original
Naked Palette, urbandecay.com, $54.00
Hands down one of my favorite palettes, the Naked Palette is great for natural or bold makeup — and it's perfect for highlighting.
4. Benefit Watts Up! Highlighter
Benefit Watts Up! Highlighter, ulta.com, $30.00
This creme to powder highlighter is perfect for the inner corners and underneath the brow bone. And it's unique packaging gives you maximum control while applying.
5. Lancome Silky Creme Highlighter
Lancome Silky Highlighter, sephora.com, $30.00
This rose gold shade makes for the perfect highlight, especially if you have darker skin.
6. Stila Eyeshadow in Kitten
Stila Eyeshadow in Kitten, sephora.com, $18.00
If you're a shimmer queen, this is your shade!
7. Maybelline The Nudes Palette
Maybelline The Nudes Palette, ulta.com, $9.99
There are several shades ideal for inner corner highlight in this palette.
8. Mac Cosmetics 4 Pillars Palette
Mac Cosmetics 4 Pillars Palette, maccosmetics.com, $33.00
If you love matte, neutral eye makeup, this palette is perfect and the lightest shade is a great highlight.
9. Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Foxy
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Foxy, nordstrom.com, $19.00
This shade is in Naked2 and Naked Basics, but you should still buy it on its own because it's the best base color you'll ever own.
10. Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Sin
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Sin, nordstrom.com, $19.00
Don't be fooled by the photo, this color is much lighter in person and it makes for the perfect shimmer highlight. It's also available in Naked's original palette.
11. Smashbox Photo Opt Eyeshadow
Smashbox Photo Opt Eyeshadow, macys.com, $28.00
If you're traveling, this is basically the edited basics palette you can't live without!