Instagram has been teaching me new ways to use old products lately, and I’m into it. Last week, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Vaseline can double as an eye shadow primer.
Next up on my tips to try is using Bio-Oil to amplify the wattage of a highlighter. Arielle Stenner, a 17-year-old from Australia with about 75,800 Instagram followers, recently shared the secret to her blinding highlighter looks, and it’s genius.
The key to her glazed doughnut realness is “[applying] Bio-Oil on the place where you are going to highlight and it turns your highlight into a damn sunbeam,” Stenner explained in her now-viral post. Surprisingly, highlighter primer isn’t a beauty product that officially exists, but that’s what Bio-Oil is doing with this trick.
Like an eye shadow primer works with, well, eye shadow, Bio-Oil helps powder highlighter sweep on smoother, richer, and more radiant. It helps give highlighter the mirror-like finish that nearly causes a lens flare when captured in selfies.
My usual go-to highlighter primer substitute is a cream highlighter. (Sleek Makeup and Huda Beauty have created highlighter palettes based on this idea.
) But with Bio-Oil, you get added skin-care benefits.
If you’re unfamiliar with Bio-Oil, here’s a quick rundown: The vitamin A- and E-spiked elixir is typically slathered on stretch marks and scars to help minimize their appearance.
It also helps hydrate dry skin with soothing calendula, lavender, rosemary, and chamomile oils. The Kardashians have even praised the peach-hued oil as their favorite eye cream.
“Kim and I have always used oil on our eyes,” Kourtney once told Allure. “Instead of using eye cream, we’ll put it under our eyes and on our eyelids.
” Khloé, on the other hand, likes to use it all over her face.
In the comments section, several people asked Stenner if the oil would mess up their foundation, especially in the case of matte and powder formulas.
“If you apply a really thin layer with your finger in a patting motion, it shouldn’t disrupt your makeup or remove it,” she replied. “I haven’t had any problems with it! But it could [differ] depending on the type of foundation you wear, I guess.
” I suggest pouring a couple of drops of Bio-Oil onto the back of your hand before dabbing it on with a damp Beautyblender.
If you don’t already have a bottle of it, you can shop Bio-Oil now for $20 here, so you can try this quick trick for yourself.
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