Liquid Highlighter Vs. Powder Highlighter: What’s The Difference And When To Use Which

Written by Tashika TyagiApr 15, 2024
Liquid highlighter vs. powder highlighter: What’s the difference and when to use which

Like they say, “If they can’t see your highlighter from space, then you’re not wearing enough!” And our inner makeup enthusiast couldn’t agree more! If it’s not highlighted, what’s even the point, right? And while highlighters have been enjoying the centre stage for a while now, there seems to be a lot we don’t know about this makeup essential. For example, the difference between a liquid highlighter and a powder highlighter. So, to ensure you know exactly what you’re putting on your face, we have mapped out everything you need to know about liquid highlighters vs. powder highlighters. Scroll down and thank us later!


01. Liquid highlighter vs. powder highlighter: What’s the difference?

Powder highlighter: When to use and who should go for it?

We’re sure you must have faced this dilemma at least once — what kind of highlighter should you go for? Should you pick a liquid highlighter or go for a powder one and what is the difference? Let’s start by understanding that highlighters come in two forms — liquid and powder. Their main aim is to help ‘highlight’ your best features by making them glow and stand out. You can strobe the high points of your face to brighten, contour, and define it.

Liquid highlighter: Coming to the difference between these two forms of highlighters. Liquid highlighters work to add a lit-from-within glow to your face as they can be blended into the skin to give it a natural-looking glow. You can also mix it with your foundation or CC creams to create a dewy base.

Powder highlighters: Powder highlighters are a bit more dramatic and are perfect if you wish to make your skin look sparkly and glowy at the same time. This form of highlighter tends to add a shimmery finish to your look as they have a higher concentration of sparkle that you can brush over your cheeks, brows, jaw and cupid’s bow to add that extra glow.

In short, while liquid highlighters work to give a subtle, lit-from-within glow, powder highlighters are added on top of your base makeup to add an extra shimmery glow to your look.


02. Liquid highlighter: When to use and who should go for it?

Powder highlighter: When to use and who should go for it?

Now that we have defined the difference between powder and liquid highlighters, let’s understand when you can use the liquid highlighter. If you want to recreate a dewy makeup base or want to go for a more natural-looking yet glowy look, then liquid highlighters are just what you need. It is especially great for people with normal to dry skin.

So, once you have prepped your skin, apply the Lakmé Absolute Liquid Highlighter - Rose Gold to the high points of your face and blend it seamlessly with your beauty sponge. Follow it up with a foundation or CC cream and lastly dust some setting powder on your face. This lightweight highlighter spreads seamlessly along your skin to give it a dewy, radiant look. What we love is that it is non-greasy, non-sticky and comes in three shades that are perfect for Indian skin tones.


03. Powder highlighter: When to use and who should go for it?

Powder highlighter: When to use and who should go for it?

Coming to powder highlighters, you’d need this one for times when you wish to add extra shimmer and sparkle to your look. Powder highlighters are perfect for occasions when you wish to highlight your face and features by adding a silky, shimmery finish. This form of highlighter is perfect for people with normal, combination and oily skin type.

After your base makeup sets in, take some powder from the Lakmé Absolute Illuminating Blush Shimmer Brick on your fluffy brush and sweep it across the apple of your cheeks using upward strokes. Blend it well and you’re good to go. This shimmery powder highlighter gives a beautiful shimmery glow to your face and is perfect for contouring too, as it effortlessly blends into your skin to make it appear resplendent. 

Tashika Tyagi

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A writer who loves to read, travel, eat and explore new places and things. With a bachelor's degree in journalism, she has over two years of experience in writing about food, lifestyle, and travel. She also doubles up as a rom-com expert and home baker when she isn’t writing!


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