What is Eyelighter? Here's How to Create a Cool Eye Highlighter Look

by Michelle
9 Materials
30 Minutes

Ever heard of eyelighter? It’s a new eyeshadow technique where you use a highlighter in the corner of the eye. It makes your eyes look bigger and brighter.

I’m going to show you how to apply eye highlighter for a cute and easy makeup look. Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Highlighter
  • Eyeshadows
  • Makeup brushes
  • Eyebrow pencil
  • Spoolie
  • Gel eyeliner
  • Lipstick of choice
  • Mascara
  • Eye primer
Applying eyeshadow primer

1. Apply eyeshadow primer

To make sure your eyeshadow pops, use an eyeshadow primer and apply it to your mobile eyelid. Take a flat brush and make sure you disperse it evenly. 

Filling in brows with an eyebrow pen

2. Fill your brows

Next, go ahead and fill in your eyebrows with an eyebrow pen. I fill mine in on the tail-end and then blend it to the front with a spoolie. 

Applying highlighter in corner of the eye

3. Add inner eye highlight

With a small dense brush, apply a highlighter to the inner corner of your eyes. Pack on the color until you’re happy with the density. I’m using a beautiful lilac color for this step.

Tip: Do not use a fluffy brush for this; you want to add a concentrated amount to the inner corners. 

How to do eye highlighter makeup

From the center of your lid, tap on a sparkly blue color and drag it to the end of your lid. Also, go a little above your crease. This color had some lovely brown undertones which gave a nice contrast to the blue sparkle. 

How to do an eyelighter makeup look

Next, apply highlight right under your brow area. I applied this with a tapered brush and chose a gorgeous champagne eye highlighter. 

Applying gel liner to the top waterline

4. Apply gel liner

Now, go in with a black gel liner and line your top waterline. 

Extending the eyeliner to create a wing

Extend the eyeliner outward a tiny bit, and right at the end, create a slight wing. 

Applying mascara from the base of lashes

5. Apply mascara

Next, apply your favorite mascara and start by wiggling the brush right at the base of your lashes. Then, pull it through to the ends. 

Applying a brick red lipstick

6. Apply lipstick

The final step is to apply lipstick. Apply the color to the center of your lips and drag and tap it on with your fingers.

I find that applying liquid lipstick this way lasts longer and makes it more comfortable to work with. 

How to do an inner eye highlight

Eyelighter makeup tutorial

Eyelighter makeup tutorial

This is the finished eyelighter look! I hope you enjoyed this eyelighter makeup look and that you consider trying it. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Products used: 

  • Eyeshadow primer L.A. Girl HD Pro Primer Eyeshadow Stick in White
  • Brow pencil Loreal Brow Stylist in Brunette
  • Brushes Sigma Brushes and BhCosmetics
  • Palette Huda Rose Quartz Palette
  • Japonesque Power curler 
  • Mascara Maybelline rocket volum" in black waterproof 
  • Eyeliner Colourpop Crème Gel Liner in Swerve
  • Lip Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink in Cocoa Connoisseur
Suggested materials:
  • Highlighter
  • Eyeshadows
  • Makeup brushes
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  • Angie Angie on Mar 27, 2022

    I enjoyed your tutorial very much! But, I was hoping your final photo would have been a smiling one. You are such a beautiful woman!