I tried TikTok’s highlighter hack for eyes: see pics


  • A makeup artist’s highlighting hack to bring out the eyes is gaining popularity on TikTok.
  • To test the hack, all you need is a liquid highlighter and an eyeshadow brush.
  • See an editor’s results using the highlighter hack.

While scrolling through TikTok a few weeks ago (like we do), I came across a video of makeup artist Megan Lavallie that immediately piqued my interest. In the video, Lavallie demonstrated a way to make the eyes pop using a specific placement of a highlighter. The makeup hack only required two items: a liquid highlighter and an eyeshadow brush — and it took about a minute in total. I’ve never been a big fan of highlighter, and I have to admit it’s probably one of my least used makeup products – I’m much more likely to use my bronzer or blush. However, I had never tried using a highlighter in areas other than the typical nose and upper cheek areas, so I was curious to find out more.

In the video, which has over 3.4 million views, Lavallie can be seen dotting Rare Beauty Positive Light Liquid Highlighter ($22) in three areas around her eye, then blending it in with a fluffy eyeshadow brush. “By placing your highlighter in these three specific triangle-shaped spots around your eye, [you’ll] create this beautiful halo. It just makes your eyes pop,” Lavallie says.

I have hooded and downcast eyes, and I’ve found that a lot of eye makeup tips and tricks rarely work well on my eyes. Still, I’m still looking for ways to make my eyes look bigger and more open, and since the highlight was focused about the eye rather than directly on it, I was eager to see if this trick would work for me.

TikTok Highlighter Hack for Popping Eyes

To test this trick out for myself, I opted for the Iconic London Illuminator Liquid Highlight ($40) because I love the formula and the pigment. I used the dropper dispenser included with the product to place three dots directly on my skin around my eyes. The first point I placed under the brow bone, the second under the outer corner of the eye and the third under the inner corner of the eye.

I then took a soft, fluffy eye shadow brush and gently patted each dot until they blended. (Next time I’ll probably use a firmer brush to smudge so I have more control over placement, but what I had at the time worked.)

When I was done with my first eye, I took a second to compare the two sides, and was pretty shocked at the difference. The eye I highlighted looked more open, illuminated and lifted, while the other side just looked dull. The effect was almost like using a magic lightening cream under my eyes – I looked more awake and instantly glowing. I wasn’t wearing a lot of makeup when I tested this hack, but I think it would work just as well on a face full of makeup, maybe even better.

TikTok Highlighter Hack for Popping Eyes

This was easily one of the easiest and easiest TikTok hacks I’ve tried, and it’s made such a noticeable difference that I’ll definitely continue to use it every time I do my makeup. If you are thinking of trying it for yourself, definitely give it a try. All it takes is a liquid highlighter and an eyeshadow brush.

Image source: POPSUGAR Photography / Renee Rodriguez


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