15 Eyeshadows To Use As Highlighters & Get The Most Out Of Your Makeup Bag
Hey, if you're a struggling twenty-something, cutting corners is a must to survive — sometimes, it's as simple as planning meals in advance, collecting coupons or using eye shadow as highlighter. By reusing, recycling and re-appropriating the purpose of some items, especially cosmetics, you can save a pretty penny without sacrificing any of your commitment to beauty.
While wearing eye shadow instead of highlighter isn't the wildest use of a product ever, there's still something to be said of saving $15 on a new highlighter and using a shade you already own in a palette. However, it's important to know which eye shadows will work as highlighters and which won't. A bright gold shadow for your eye may not be as easy to blend as a simpler, shimmery color, for example. Different shades and formulas are different consistencies, so trial-and-error is definitely the name of the game here. That being said, these shadows are amazing contenders to create your next epic highlight situation.
Of course, highlighter shades are a personal choice, just as much as eye shadow shades are, so it's always worth simply experimenting with colors you own and what you think look good. But if you're undecided, here are some eye shadows which will work just as brilliantly on your lids as on your cheekbones. Now go forth and get your glow on as soon as humanly possible.
These loose powder eye shadows by NYX are ultra shimmery and will look great on your cheekbones.
This frosty shade is perfect for anyone who prefers a cooler tone to their highlight.
Or for those among us who prefer gold tones, this pearly shade will add a warmth to your makeup look.
A strong pigment means you need less to get a great highlight, or you can go for a really glowy finish: Either way, you're saving money and space in your makeup bag.
The Moondust collection of eye shadows by Urban Decay are made specifically to have more shimmer than usual, which naturally lends them to being a great highlighter.
MAKEUP FOREVER Artist Shadows come in five different finishes, but the iridescent shades will catch the light in different ways across your face.
If a shadow is promising to last 24 hours on your lids, there's a good chance it will stay strong as a highlighter, too.
10. Lush Eye Shadow
The Lush makeup range is full of bright and beautiful pigments, all made cruelty free and bound to bring you the happiness its name promises.
A versatile shadow that can be used wet or dry, which makes for a versatile highlighter too.
A pressed shadow shape that is perfect for sliding your finger across and applying straight onto any part of your face.
A roll on eye color is just begging to be applied elsewhere, right? Just cover your whole body in this shimmer powder.
If you prefer a cream shadow, why not try a cream highlighter — or better yet, try using your cream shadow as highlighter.
Another affordable shadow that won't set you back the same price as a highlighter but will achieve a similar effect.
You're bound to have gotten the hint by now — if you have a shimmery eye shadow shade in your makeup bag already, why not try it as a highlighter? Or if you're a matte lid kind of person, check out how one of the above shades look on your cheeks.
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