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Best Korean Highlighter – Buying Guide 2017

Wanna up your makeup game? Taking the skin undertones and proper application procedure into account, a highlighter can give your skin an amazing glow. Let us take a sneak peak at what the Koreans have to offer when it comes to glitters and pearls of highlighting and contouring.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST KOREAN HIGHLIGHTER

What is a Highlighter?

Highlighters give you the look of a healthy skin via giving the skin a delicate gleam. You see, healthy skin has a natural glow to it. However, all that radiance gets buried under all the foundations, serums, essences, sun blocks and other items in your makeup routine.

The sheer objective of a highlighter is to enhance the skin by giving it some extra glow. As the same implies, it is not meant to be applied on the entire face. Rather, it is designed to draw the attention to the angles of the face. It'g great for chiseling the cheekbones, shaping the nose and highlighting the brows.

Type

  • Is it a liquid, powder or cream highlighter? We found out for you!

Price

  • We let you know which highlighters are budget buys and which are premium picks!

Size

  • We found out how much product you get with each highlighter.

# of Colors

  • We fill you on on how many colors the pencil is available in

THE BEST KOREAN HIGHLIGHTER

Korean Highlighter

Name

Type

Price

Size

#of colors

Son & Park - Highlighter Cube

Liquid

$

N/A

1

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Etude House - Secret Beam Highlighter

Powder

$

9g

2

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TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL - Rodin Highlighter

Powder

$$

9g

3

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Aesthetica - Brow Sculpting Duo

Yes

No

Square Tip

5

Banila Co - The Secret Highlighter

Powder

$$

12g

1

Fullkang - CC Highlighter Pen

Cream

$

18g

6

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The Face Shop -High Lighter Beam

Liquid

$

13ml

1

It's Skin - Babyface Petit Highlighter

Powder

$

4g

2

Types of Highlighters

Highlighter comes in powder, cream and, liquid form and the application technique varies with the form and texture of the product. Depending on your skin type, undertones, and facial features, you can tailor each highlighter to achieve your desired look.

Powder Highlighter

Whether loose or pressed, powder highlighters are the best to leave your skin glowing and shimmery. Powder highlighters are great for beginners. They are particularly popular for use on the cheekbones. Some powder highlighters come with a heavy pigmentation of glitter.

Liquid Highlighter

Liquid highlighter is by far the easiest form to blend on the skin. One of the key aspects of liquid highlighter is that it can be mixed with moisturizers, bb creams, cc creams, or foundations to create a subtle dewy finish. It can also a greater surface area as compared to other highlighter forms. For the most part, liquid highlighters are used over foundation, rather than on bare skin.

Cream Highlighters

High pigmentation, shimmer, and a long-lasting effect – these are features that define cream highlighters. Cream highlighters come with concentrated formulas and are pretty easy to apply and mix with other makeup products. However, because of the concentrated pigmentation, users should be careful with the application process. Even though it is easy to apply cream highlighters, it is also pretty easy to overdo it and make the skin way too shiny! For cream highlighters, less is always more!

Etude House - Secret Beam Highlighter

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Powder

9g

$

2 color choices

Etude House packed some powerful ingredients into their Secret Beam Highlighter. We love the multi-colored, white, golden, orange, pink shadow tiles featured in the compact. Pictures above is the pink/white mix with a pearly white texture looks great with white undertones. The highlighter also comes in a gold/beige mix.

This highlighter is highly pigmented, just some light swipes with the powder will give you the perfect highlights. This is a very finely milled, high quality powder. We fell in love with this highlighter! It works as well as much more expensive brands such as M.A.C. at just a fraction of the price. It's our number one pick for the best Korean highlighter.



TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL -  Rodin Highlighter

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Powder

9g

$$

3 color choices

TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL is more of a premium Korean beauty brand and the design of this compact definitely reminds us of Benefit Cosmetics. The highlighter features three different shades: Beige, Peach and Rosy Pink.

This powdery highlighter has a smooth and silky consistency with fragments of glitter. You can highlight the central forehead and nasal bridge area via mixing the first and second color. On the other hand, you can create a definition by applying the third color from cheekbones up toward the temple. For a better shading, you can tenderly brush off the three mixed colors across the overall face line. We love this highlighter/shade can be used for contouring also!

Innisfree - NEW Mineral Highlighter

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Powder

7g

$$

2 color choices

We love Innisfree's glittery mineral highlighter. It is formulated with a sebum control powder that will help the skin to absorb sweat and oil. It's long lasting and this compact comes with 5 grams of product.  

The pearl powder has a subtle texture and will allow you to create more refined highlights. The delicate finish will give you a complete natural look rather than something artificial.

The smooth and silky texture will spread out uniformly without leaving any lumps. Just put a lightly dust the powder with a  brush and apply on preferred areas. This is a solid pick for a daily highlighter. 

Fullkang - CC Highlighter Pen

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Cream

18g

$

6 color choices

This next highlighter comes in a stick. It is made of a soft and cream-based formula to help you target the problem areas of your face and cheeks. Moisturizing components were added into the highlighter and it comes in six different colors. The highlighter pictured above features a dark spot correcting shade.

Literally, anyone can apply this highlighter easily. This soft and cream-based stick glides on effortlessly with a buildable coverage that helps to correct and even out your skin tone. Make sure to keep your cap on the highlighter, it tends to dry out quick. This is a great pick for a budget highlighter for the on-the-go girl.

Banila Co - The Secret  Highlighter

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Powder

12g

$$

1 color choices

Let us share a beauty secret with you! You are not going to realize the importance of a highlighter until you have added it to your makeup regime! After a couple of days of use, you'll see a new glow in your skin that you can't live without.

This is a very natural looking highlighter which comes in a shiny, silver housing with a cute little hidden brush inside. This baked type marbling highlighter is formulated with mica that can imitate light to create a lucid effect. It is actually pretty easy to apply, just swirl the brush in the highlighter gently and apply. You'll notice an immediate brightening

Son & Park - Highlighter Cube

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Liquid

N/A

$

1 color choices

This next highlighter almost passes as a nail polish.  Son and Park designed this highlighter in a cube shape to give it better stack-ability. This highlighter is formulated with water, glycerin, and mica and has a creamy texture.

This iridescent creamy highlighter will help give you a luminous and radiant complexion. This highlighter looks great on the high points of your face like cheekbones, nose, and brow bones. First, apply the highlighter onto the preferred areas  and blend it with your fingertips to create dimension and radiance. If you are into liquid highlighters, Son and Park's is a great pick!

CLIO Pro Dual Controbing Stick

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Cream

5.6g

$$

3 color choices

If you are looking for a highlighter that will give your skin a matte finish check out the Controbing Stick from CLIO. This highlighter is made with ruby powder. Ruby powder keeps your skin smooth, healthy, and revitalized by reflecting the light and radiating the red color spectrum.

This highlighter features the Duo Chromic Pearl, a pearl tone that changes with perspective, accentuates contouring makeup and facial definition all at the same time. The soft pearl tone of this highlighter heightens the natural glow of makeup. It also improves the staying power of makeup by absorbing sebum and oil residue while providing a smooth finish.

With sebum and oil absorbing abilities, its two-tone shading effect, revitalizing ruby powder, and light, matte finish this is a complete product that can give your skin a refined and professional look.

Son & Park Face Lighting & Shading

Best Korean Lip Patch - Etude House Cherry Lip Mask

Powder

11.8g

$$

1 color choice

​Quality comes with a price! Son & Park is on this list a second time with their Face Lighting & Shading’ highlighter. Son & Park always tries to provide a premium product at a reasonable. The compact is elegant in the style of Chanel's makeup and comes with a high-quality brush with fine detailing – we're head over heels for this highlighter.

The highlighter comes with two different shades to sculpt and define your face. It'll give you the popular Korean, dewy and fresh look. The lighting powder can bring out the structure from pointy areas like  the cheekbones, brow bone and the nasal bridge. The shading agent can slim down the nose, forehead, or jaw line area. Use lighter color to highlight while using the shading powder to darken the surface areas of your face and sides of the nose. You can best blend the powders in a circular motion. This is one of the best highlighting and shading packages for any Korean makeup fan!

The Face Shop -High Lighter Beam

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Liquid

13ml

$

1 color choice

Are you searching for a liquid highlighter with an incandescent effect? We like liquid highlighters because they are long lasting and easy to apply. We love the simple design of this bottle from The Face Shop with a nail polish- like applicator.  

You have to careful with this kind of applicator as they tend to bring use more product than necessary. It has a nice consistency that is neither too watery nor too thick. It does not contain any obvious shimmer to it. This highlighter blends out easily on the skin.

You can also mix this highlighter with your base or foundation a natural glow. We recommend this highlighter because it gives your skin a hydro-luminous effect with a natural definition!

It's Skin - Babyface Petit Highlighter

Best Korean Lip Patch - Etude House Cherry Lip Mask

Powder

4g

$

2 color choices

This next highlighter comes in the cutest little compact. Inside is a powder puff with a matching ribbon inside but we recommend using a brush to apply this highlighter instead. This highlighter is available in two shades: pink satin and gold satin.

The Gold Satin highlighter has more of a warm-toned shade. The highlighter acts to brighten up your complexion while adding a youthful glow.  According to IT’s Skin, you have to use the including puff or a brush to give the preferred areas a highlight with light taps.

You can see the true color of this highlighter in the light and gives you a natural, radiant shine. This one's a must have item for your makeup kit.


How to use Highlighters

Potential Highlighting Areas

The common areas on the face to highlight are the central forehead, eyes, cheekbones, and the Cupid ’s Bow. However, for a more contoured look, you can always add highlights on the nose bridge, under the cheekbones, under the eyebrows or blended with the center of the eyelids, and chin.

The Application Process

Build a Solid Foundation

Before the application of the highlighter, start with the solid foundation of legendary 10-Step Korean skincare routine.

Area Outlining

Decide on the targeted highlighting areas. You can go with ‘Strobing’ to find out your favored areas. In case you are planning to use blush, you have to divide your facial areas into three major segments: Highlighting, Contouring, and Blushing.

For instance, you can use highlighter on the central forehead to bring out a refined dimension to that area. At the same time, you can apply highlighter to the nasal bridge to make it appear straighter. When it comes to eyes, you can swipe highlighter under the eyebrow bones and on the inner corner of the eyes. Apply highlighter right on the cheekbone area in order to bring out the edging of those bones. You can use a blusher adjacent to the cheekbone and on top of the contouring cheek area.

For a pouty look, you can add your preferred highlighter to the Cupid’s Bow area. It can also give the lips a sophisticated definition. Finally, you can use highlighter on the chin to give it definition and make the lips look bigger.

You can use a concealer to map out the preferred highlighting areas with dots

The Application

A makeup brush or a makeup sponge will make your life much easier when when applying highlighters. Using the brush or makeup sponge, you can spread the highlighter along your mapped out lines made via your concealer. You have to leave enough space for  your contours and blushers. Please remember that highlighters are not supposed to be used for coverage. The ultimate objective of a highlighter is to draw attention with subtle iridescent tones rather than covering areas with pigmentation or redness.

To start you can apply the highlighter with a shadow brush. For sensitive parts like inner corner of the eyes, under the brow bone, or the eyelids, you have to use your fingertips to spread the highlighter evenly. For the Cupid’s Bow, you can use a concealer brush to give the lips a complete look.

By and large, it’s a learning process based on regular experimentation. You have to find out which highlighter can make your skin tone pop in combination with your contours and blushers.


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