Thanks to Instagram, there's been plenty of weird and wonderful beauty hacks taking trending status this year - from crown eyeshadow to garden brows (the less we think about that the better) - but every now and then, a viral tip comes along that we just might think about seriously trying ourselves. The latest technique? The 'glazed doughnut' highlight. Ever wanted to glow as brightly as a Krispy Kreme original? Now's your chance…
Instagrammer @thestudyofmakeup loves an intense highlight, too
Hear us out. They're smooth, plump and have just the right amount of sheen - who wouldn't want their complexion to look like a glazed doughnut? The idea actually came about back in 2017, when makeup artist Nikena began posting pictures of her particularly strongly highlighted looks - choosing to add shimmer to very small points of her face to create her signature 'glazed' look.
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YouTube star NikkieTutorials even named an Ofra highlighter Glazed Doughnut - a very pale, pearlescent shade to give the ultimate bright, concentrated look. And now, budget brand Essence have jumped on the bandwagon too, with their own version for just £3.50. Choose small spots on the complexion to highlight, such as the tip of the nose, the very highest point of the cheekbone, the corners of the eyes and the temples - a small, fluffy brush is the ideal tool.
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A light dusting of shimmer on the brow bone is pretty popular, but if you want to really emulate your favourite baked good, go in mega-strong underneath the brows - like Instagram influencer @thestudyofmakeup, who also favours adding a sheen to the centre of her bottom lip. It all adds to that plumped, healthy look - but if you prefer to keep things looking a little more natural, go lightly. Have we won you over yet? Or are you just really hungry…