What happens when you only use highlighting products

The result is both alarming and brilliant

Have you ever wondered what you’d look like if you completed your entire makeup routine using only highlighters? Us neither. But for those who now find themselves curious, wonder no more…

Mariya Lyubashevskaya - an 18-year-old self-taught makeup artist and beauty blogger from Dubai - recently decided she would share something a little ‘artsy’ on Instagram by contouring and strobing all her facial features using highlighters. 

The result? Something so luminous and shimmery, we almost want to go and replicate her glowy look immediately. (Only for the sake of a grand ol’ photo opportunity, though. It’s possible we’d blind people if we took this look out into the big wide world.)
 

“THE GLOWWWW 😂😂😂 Decided to do something artsy today so here's what I came up with! Don't pretend you never wondered what it would look like if you highlighted your whole face. This is definitely NOT a wearable look but it makes for great photos. Video will be up soon! 😂🙋” Mariya Lyubashevskaya

When posting the video of the full makeup tutorial, Mariya said she’d been dying to see what the result would look like, and she thinks it’s “kinda cool”. Us too, Mariya. Us too.

If you’re experiencing a sudden urge to cover your face in highlighters, here’s a list of the exact products the beauty blogger used to create her luminous glow:

Foundation: LUSH Skin Tint in Feeling Younger and Nars Liquid Illuminator in Copacabana
Setting powder: Makeup Addiction Cosmetics Light Reflecting Loose Powder in Snow Gold
Bronzer: The Balm Betty-Lou Manizer
Blush: Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘That Glow’ Glow Kit in Starburst
Eyeshadow: Kiko Cream Radiance Highlight 01 and Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Single in Fawn
Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
False lashes: House Of Lashes in Siren
Highlighter: BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Pearl
Lip pencil: Kylie Cosmetics Lip Liner in Koko K 
Lipstick: Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in I’m Nude
Lip highlighter: Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in So Hollywood
 

Image credits:@mariya.ae

Cherie is somewhat of a digital dinosaur, having kick-started her beauty writing career back in 2009 at PRIMPED alongside industry expert Zoë Foster Blake. Since then, her words have appeared online and on paper for BEAUTYcrew, POPSUGAR, beautyheaven, New Idea, and Fitness First, while her marketing know-how has helped brands such as L'Oréal Paris, The Body Shop, A’kin, and Dr. LeWinn’s add a journalistic flair to their digital content. She is a vocal advocate for (physical) sunscreen, is rather fond of a bold lip, and is utterly terrible at styling hair.