Charlotte Tilbury on how to apply highlighter like a pro

So you can ditch the KiraKira filter...

Often referred to as the Queen of Glow, Charlotte Tilbury knows a thing or two about the transformative effects of light and how to apply highlighter to get flawless glass skin.

Here the make-up artist, known for her work with stars like Kate Moss and Nicole Kidman, reveals the five easy ways to get dewy ‘Jo-Lo skin’:

1. Apply highlighter to the centre of your top lip

‘You can cheat the illusion of fuller-looking lips by adding a soft-glow highlight to the centre of your top lip. Using my  Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand in Spotlight and a lip brush, outline an ‘x’ across the Cupid’s Bow as this will enhance the lip shape.’

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand in Spotlight, £29, Space NK

Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand in Spotlight, £29, Space NK

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2. Use water to transform a powder highlighter

‘Swish your make-up brush in a bit of water first. That way, the smooth, creamy formula will glide across the skin like a liquid highlighter but you get the benefit of it setting like a powder. This means it will stay in place for longer and play beautifully with the light.’

Chanel Éclat Magnétique de Chanel Exclusive Creation Limited Edition Illuminating Powder in Metal Peach, £52, Harvey Nichols

Charlotte Tilbury Chanel Éclat Magnétique de Chanel Exclusive Creation Limited Edition Illuminating Powder in Metal Peach, £52, Harvey NicholsBuy it now

3. Match your shade of highlighter to your skin tone

‘When choosing a highlighter, work with your skin tone to get the perfect glow; fair skin tones work well with champagne-y, pale golds and medium to deep skin tones suit a warm peach-y gold finish.’

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand in Peachgasm, £29, Space NK

Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand in Peachgasm, £29, Space NK

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NYX Away We Glow Strobing Cream in Bright Star, £15, Cult Beauty

Charlotte Tilbury NYX Away We Glow Strobing Cream in Bright Star, £15, Cult Beauty

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Laura Mercier Face Illuminator in Indiscretion, £32, John Lewis

Charlotte Tilbury Laura Mercier Face Illuminator in Indiscretion, £32, John Lewis

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4. Don’t just stop at your jawline

‘When it comes to highlighting, you can glow from head to toe. As well as illuminating cheekbones and the Cupid’s Bow, use a powder highlighter or a gilded eyeshadow to brighten the inner corners of the eyes. Then finish with my Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body Highlighter to give a sun-kissed shimmer to the décolletage, arms, and legs.’

Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body Highlighter, £45, Space NK

Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body Highlighter, £45, Space NK

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Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish in Latte Dark, £29.95, John Lewis

Charlotte Tilbury Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish in Latte Dark, £29.95, John Lewis

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5. Try Charlotte Tilbury’s red carpet trick

‘Mix a few drops of the Hollywood Flawless Filter with your foundation for all-over superstar-lit skin.’

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter, £32, Space NK

Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter, £32, Space NK

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As well as a next-level glow, these highlighters promise to hide imperfections and coax razor-sharp cheekbones out of hiding.

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