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Shimmering highlighters are taking the internet by storm. Before MAC even released its new iridescent highlighter, people were losing themselves over it. The three mermaid shades come as part of the In The Spotlight Collection, new as of November 2016. There’s a shimmering blue, a glittering gold and a metallic rose, perfect for getting a bright highlighting effect.

Granted, the iridescent highlighter is nothing new. MAC in particular already has several types, like its Mineralize Skinfinish, which comes in shimmery peaches, bronzes and champagne tones, to name a few shades. If you want an option that’s more in the drugstore brand category, there is also the Maybelline Master Strobing Stick Illuminating Highlighter.

Once you’ve found the iridescent highlighter for you, you may be wondering how to use it.

Tips for getting the perfect look with your iridescent highlighter

When applying iridescent highlighter, you have two options. You could go the traditional highlighter route, with all the complicated contouring and highlighting rules for each face type. This will get you a highly chiseled and super radiant, shimmery look.

However, if you’re using an iridescent highlighter shade, you may want to look more subtle, rather than mermaid glittery bright. For a subtle look that applies to every face type, try applying a light layer of the highlighter to the cheekbones.

Another popular place to apply a highlighter is on the right side of the forehead, in a light circle a few inches above the eyebrow. It’s a part of the forehead that picks up the most light when looking at others, so it’s common to want to add some extra shimmer there to play with that light.

A little iridescent highlighter to the center of the chin is also a look that works on everyone. It adds balances to the face, especially when there is already highlighter on the cheekbones and forehead.

As for which iridescent highlighter to use, for shimmery looks there are less hard and fast rules. A general idea to keep in mind is that light skin tones tend to work best with the lighter iridescent highlighter shades like champagne tones and darker skin tones tend to work with the darker shades like the bronzes. It’s that simple.

Beyond that, try different iridescent highlighter shades on your inner arm and see which complement your skin tone the best. Because this is more of a statement look, much of it’s up to personal preference. Just have fun with it and experiment!