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Ballin’ on a budget: DIY Highlighter

Miranda Mendoza

Katerin Lopez, Staff Editor

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Everyone wants to have highlight that blinds the whole room when they walk in. To do that, it usually costs $30+. When you are a student with no job or making $8 an hour working the weekends, spending that much on makeup doesn’t seem too appealing.

 

What if I told you that you can still glow for the cost of $7 along with a couple of things you can find around your house?

 

A lot of people have a misconception about drug-store makeup. You don’t need to buy all your makeup at Sephora. It’s all about skill. So, to achieve a glowing goddess look, you really just need 6 things.

  1. Rubbing Alcohol
  2. Elf’s baked eyeshadow (Enchanted) $3
  3. Elf’s baked eyeshadow trio (Peach Please) $3
  4. Spoon
  5. Paper Towel
  6. Empty bronzer or pressed powder container or any empty blush pan.

 

The process is really simple as well, as long as you follow these basic steps correctly.

 

  1. Start with any small bowl, or anything you would like to mix all your contents in. Once you get that situated, you can continue by crushing all your preferred eyeshadows to make the shade that you want and then pour them all in the bowl. (If you want a more gold pigmented highlighter, use the gold shades. If you want a more bronze glow try mixing the golds and the light browns.)
  2. Next, add a little bit of alcohol and start mixing with a spoon so the consistency is sort of a paste. The more runny it is the less of a chance you have of it drying properly. This part is really important. IF you accidentally add too much alcohol, try adding more eyeshadow. There really aren’t any specific measurements for this. You have to eye the whole thing, so don’t be afraid to take your time; it is going to take a while to dry anyway.
  3. Once you get a paste like consistency, you can now begin adding the mixture to the empty makeup container. Make sure it’s all spread out evenly and that there are not any bubbles or creases.
  4. With the spoon, begin to smoothen it out and get it spread evenly in the container. To achieve a smooth surface grab a piece of paper towel and a cup or any other object whose bottom rim cover the container.
  5. Place the paper towel under the bottom of the cup and press down on your highlighter. Make sure to smooth out any creases or air bubbles that may still be there. It will ruin the appearance and it won’t look as pretty. Once you get it to look how you want, you can leave it out to dry overnight or out in the day. Avoid swatching it until it’s completely dry.

Once it’s dry, knock yourself out. Have fun glowing on a budget!

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