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Three ways to make your own highlighter at home

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Three ways to make your own highlighter at home

How many times have we flipped through the pages of a fashion magazine or scrolled through our Instagram feed only to be stopped by a gorgeous woman? A woman, for whom, a flaw is just a prefix in the word flawless. Won't you kill to look lit from within? Your answer, Highlighters.

What are highlighters?

Highlighters are beautifully pigmented products which can give you a million dollar glow. They usually come in three formulas - a super silky powder form, a liquid one and a cream formula. Applied to the cheekbones, bridge of the nose and cupids bow, highlighters can transform us mortals into glowing creatures for a few hours.

Why make your own?

The price. Although the genius product is available everywhere, it's the price that burns a hole in our pockets. So to save you a few bucks and give you the ultimate glow, we have curated three super easy DIYs. These are three different formulas and can be made as per personal preference.

A mixing bowl, spoons and empty containers would be required in all recipes. So keep those handy. Use store bought pigments or any old powder make-up. The best pigment to use would be the sparkly eyeshadows, blushes from old palettes.

DIY gold highlighter

Empty the contents of eyeshadow/pigment box along with one teaspoon of rubbing alcohol into the mixing bowl. The ideal texture should be thick and not clumpy, so add the rubbing alcohol accordingly. Transfer the mixture into the empty container and tap it on a flat surface a few times to set the mixture.

After the mixture has settled into the container, take a tissue paper and place it on top of the container. Put some sort of weight (coin, bottle cap) and exert a little pressure on the mixture in order to dry the rubbing alcohol. Repeat it a few times till your tissue is blotted with the alcohol. Be careful not to exert too much pressure as the mixture might stick to the tissue. Leave it to dry for a few hours and your highlighter would be ready for use.

DIY silver highlighter

Empty the contents of eyeshadow/pigment box into a mixing bowl. Add coconut oil and petroleum jelly to the bowl and mix properly. Both the ingredients should be at room temperature. Follow it up with a setting spray (it's optional but recommended). If the mixture is difficult to combine, add a splash of rubbing alcohol to make the process easier or melt the petroleum jelly before. After you have reached the desired consistency, transfer the mixture to an empty container and tap to set. If you have added rubbing alcohol to your mixture, make sure to blot it with tissue paper.

DIY rose gold highlighter

Mix one tablespoon of aloe vera gel with one teaspoon of petroleum jelly. To that, add one tablespoon of moisturizer and one squeeze of primer. Followed by the pigment of your choice (a lighter colored pigment or compact powder can help to lighten the pigment). The consistency of your mixture should be thick like a heavy moisturiser. To get it right, add equal amounts of moisturizer and aloe vera gel. Lastly, transfer the mixture into a clean container and tap it on a flat surface to even it out. Leave it to air dry for a few hours and your highlighter is ready to use.

VERDICT:

Best consistency: Rose gold highlighter. The highlighter blended well due to the coconut oil. It just glided smoothly onto the skin and looked very natural.

Best glow: Silver highlighter. The icy silver would reflect an ideal amount of light once applied on the cheekbones. A little pinch can go a long way.

Best color: Gold highlighter. The mix of colours turned out well and can be used a bronzer or even a body shimmer.

What we liked overall:

- Due to the creamy and hydrating consistency, both the rose gold and silver highlighter could double up as eyeshadow colors as well. The best part? Smooth application, gorgeous color, no creasing and long lasting.

- Made three fantastic highlighters with minimum effort and money.

- The goodness of coconut oil, aloe vera gel and petroleum jelly made us swoon over the highlighters even more!

What we didn't like:

- The only con of the silver highlighter was that it needed a little vigorous mixing to fully combine the ingredients.

- The gold highlighter turned out to be more like a powder highlighter unlike the other two, which were completely cream based.
Was the experiment worth it? Will we be making our own highlighters in the future? A definitive yes.

SI

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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