Skintillate with a homemade gel highlighter!
This highlighter recipe is sure to win you over, whether it’s something you apply on special occasions or part of your usual make-up routine. But it’s not just a brilliant addition to your DIY make-up kit—this highlighter also offers your complexion many benefits. The revitalizing, softening, and nourishing properties of the vegetable oils and chamomile essential oil, combined with this product’s light texture and lovely scent, make it perfect for anyone who wants a radiant complexion. This homemade highlighter is gentle enough to be used on your face. You can also use it on your body to give you a slight tan and an all-round glowing aura while also helping protect your skin.
It’s a true two-in-one product that both adds a subtle but effective shimmer and cares for your complexion, helping boost your own natural glow.
The spotlight will be on you as you Skintillate all day through!
How to make a gel highlighter
- 30 g (30%) sucragel
- 2 g (2%) chamomile essential oil (10%)
- 31.4 g (31.4%) macadamia oil
- 0.1 g (0.1%) sea buckthorn oil
- 20 g (20%) hazelnut oil
- 10 g (10%) olive squalane
- 2 g (2%) vitamin E
- 4 g (4%) aromatic essence of your choosing
- 0.5 g (0.5%) brushed copper mica
- Scale, accurate to 0.1 g
- A few ramekins
- Two small stainless steel bowls
- Small silicone spatula
- Small whisk
- Amber glass jar (100 ml)
Good to know!
- Thanks to its soothing and revitalizing properties, chamomile essential oil is a choice ingredient for sensitive skin.
- Hazelnut oil is perfect for nourishing and softening your skin.
- We chose olive squalane for its wonderful emollient properties and its similarity to your skin’s natural lipids. In addition to softening your complexion, it will leave a gentle, protective film on your skin’s surface that will help keep it in good health.
- Sea buckthorn oil is the ultimate skin-brightening ingredient. Revitalizing, softening, and soothing, this brightly coloured oil will also lend your complexion a subtle hue.
- Vitamin C protects the oil phase from going rancid and is also revitalizing.
- The aromatic essence will impart a delicate scent. If you would prefer your highlighter to have only a very subtle scent, just replace the aromatic essence with the same proportion of the vegetable oil of your choosing.
- A key feature of this DIY highlighter is its unique light and nourishing texture. Achieving this texture is the tricky part of this recipe! To obtain it, phase B (the oil phase) must be slowly and gradually incorporated, bit by bit, into the sucragel, as we explain in steps 4 and 5 below.
- This highlighter recipe is suitable for all skin types, but you can adapt it specifically to your skin type if you wish! All you have to do is replace the vegetable oils in this recipe with those of your choosing. Just be sure to keep the same proportions as indicated above.
Steps to follow
- Prepare and disinfect your equipment and workspace.
- Weigh the sucragel in the first small bowl.
- Weigh the phase B ingredients in the second small bowl and mix to combine with a spatula.
- Now comes the tricky part! Using a pipette, add five to ten drops of the phase B mixture into the first bowl containing the sucragel. Vigorously whisk for about 30 seconds, until the mixture is homogeneous.
- Repeat step 4 until you’ve incorporated all of the phase B mixture into the sucragel, making sure to scrape the sides of the bowl with the spatula from time to time. You should end up with a thick, homogeneous gel.
- When the gel is thick and homogeneous, weigh and add the brushed copper mica, whisking vigorously until the mica is evenly distributed.
- Transfer to the jar and get ready to shine!
This product is formulated for all skin types. If you have dry skin, you’ll especially appreciate its gel texture.
You can use your homemade highlighter on your face or body.
- For face use, you have two options.
- First, you can apply it directly to the desired areas using a make-up brush or your fingers by gently tapping the product onto your skin. Focus on the raised areas where light naturally falls on your face: your cheekbones, nose bridge, and cupid’s bow (the curved bit at the centre of your top lip), below your eyebrows, and so on.
- Second, you can mix your gel highlighter into your hydrating cream or liquid foundation. Mix the two products together, then apply a thin layer of the mixture evenly all over your face.
- For body use, apply this highlighter like a gel or a cream over the desired areas. It will leave a shimmering, slightly scented film all over your skin.
When made in optimal sanitary conditions, it will keep for at least three months.