A few weeks back, a Dubai based makeup artist and blogger - Mariya (IG @mariya.ae), created a new look using highlighters only, and before you knew it, she was featured in many magazines and the memes popped up everywhere. Inspired by this, two of my fav beauty bloggers - NikkieTutorials (IG @nikkietutorials) and Jeffree Star (IG @jeffreestar) initiated a challenge and recreated it with their own twist inviting everyone to make their own version.

Knowing my love for highlight, glitter and all things shiny, I was definitely not going to miss out on this one. And I thought to myself, I slop on tons of highlighter all day erryday on myself and everyone around me, so why haven't I done this already? And I immediately jumped right to it.

Not to lie, it was really exciting. But the other not so surprising thing it did was - made my face look HD (high definition). It exaggerated the tiniest little bumps. You know when you watch a movie or click a picture in HD and it shows you things that never even existed? Yea, that's what the highlighter did. Nevertheless, I was glowing like a queen and that trumps everything else.

The tutorial, product images and details are up on my youtube channelFULL FACE USING HIGHLIGHTERS ONLY Challenge | ayesha_f. I challenged myself to not only use just highlighters, but limit the amount of products I use too. I picked out 5 products, and I used just those for my face, contour, eyes, brows and lips. The products used are listed below as well, but it will make more sense when you watch the video since it is listed in the order of products used. Plus, you get to see how it's done!

  

F A C E
Nyx liquid illuminator "Gleam"
Gerard Cosmetics "Marilyn"
Mac pigment color powder " Blue Brown"
Motives paint pot mineral eye shadow "Rust"
Gleam Melanie Mills illuminating loose powder "Light Gold"

E Y E B R O W S
Mac pigment color powder " Blue Brown"

E Y E S
Motives paint pot mineral eye shadow "Rust"
Gleam Melanie Mills illuminating loose powder "Light Gold"

L A S H E S
Mac ( no specific name/number)

L I P S
House of Beauty "Shady Lady"
Mac pigment color powder " Blue Brown"
Gleam Melanie Mills illuminating loose powder "Light Gold"

B R U S H E S
Mikyajy "foundation brush"
Makeup Addiction Cosmetics "Luxury Brush Set"

I want to also share this lash-less image, 'cause it was taken with the lights off and you can see how bright and glowy it really was! P.S. - there's a whole tragic story behind being lash-less and me posting this challenge a week late (read on).

If you've seen the video by now, you would've noticed I start with half my face done. Now I didn't intend to do this. This entire challenge, was truly a challenge! I've had the worst luck from filming it, to editing, posting, and even writing this blog. After I filmed the entire tutorial with my whole face done down to the lashes, I find out it never got recorded. Now I didn't want to do it all over again mostly 'cause so much product would be wasted, so I decided to wipe half of it and film it again. In the process I lost the lashes in the mess and ended up clicking a few pictures without any. Then, when I got down to editing the video, my laptop literally restarted 5 times, and I re-did it that many times. Next, I was putting together the photos and youtube upload and blog, and again my laptop restarted a couple of times. The one true thing this challenge has taught me is patience and persistence. So if you're having a bad day/week, just hang in there, you're not alone :)

I hope you all liked my version of the #HighlightersOnly challenge!

Until next time,

Glow on.