This 'blighlighter' hack makes French-girl contouring a cinch

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Applying makeup right now is a win, but the viral 'blighlighter' trend makes a two-minute zhuzh pre Zoom meeting look effortless. Better yet, it channels that French-girl 'I-threw-on-a-bit-of-make-up-and-look-this-sexy' vibe. 

As the moniker suggests, 'blighlighter' is a blush-highlighter hybrid. It was first coined by celebrity makeup artist, Jamie Greenberg, who works with the likes of Jessica Alba and who created three shades of Blighlighter under her brand, Jamie Makeup. 

Earlier iterations that fall into the same blush-highlighter space include the cult NARS The Multiple in Orgasm, a peachy-pink shade that meshes seamlessly to deeper skin tones, and Charlotte Tilbury's Beauty Light Wand in Pinkgasm. 

Speed aside, the appeal of blighlighter is that you can smoosh on a subtle flush of colour and a glass-like sheen with a single product. Or as Gucci Westman says of her Westman Atelier Super Loaded Tinted Highlight in Peau de Pêche:  “One swipe over your cheekbones gives you instant definition, radiance, and warmth.”

Fingers are your best tool for cream versions while a blending makeup brush makes light work of pushing a whipped up gel-powder like Westman's into the skin for a bona fide glow. Use on top of the best non comedogenic foundations or bare skin. 

Where you instinctively apply blighlighter also makes a difference and actually falls in step with what royal make-up artist Mary Greenwell recommends is the ideal blush placement:

"I like blush to be quite high on the cheeks. It gives your cheekbones lift – which is another reason I wouldn’t put blush on the apples of your cheeks as it draws the cheekbones down,’ she says.

See what we mean about that effortless French-girl contour?