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DIY Rainbow Highlighter

Originally written in 2016

Supplies You Will Need:

  • 6 Colors of Eyeshadows or Pigments (BASIC: Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple)
  • Loose highlighter (pressed will work as long as you crush it up – i used a really light color for good results)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Empty makeup pans or compacts
  • A spatula or toothpick to mix
  • IF YOU WANT TO PRESS IT AT THE END: a piece of cheesecloth and a quarter or something to press with
  • Preferred makeup brush

How I Created Our Rainbow Highlighter

Swatch of our DIY Rainbow Highlighter on our makeup poof.

Making a homemade rainbow highlighter is not as complicated as it may seem. You only need a few essential materials, most of which you may already have at home or can easily obtain. The key ingredient for this project is a pack of rainbow-colored eyeshadows or pigments. These are readily available at your local cosmetic stores or online retailers. Additionally, you will need an empty compact or container with a lid, a small mixing bowl, rubbing alcohol, a dropper, and a single-sided makeup brush.

To start, gather the rainbow eyeshadows or pigments that you plan to use for your highlighter. Usually, a pack of six to eight different colors is ideal to ensure a vibrant and diverse range of shades. Select colors that complement each other or create a harmonious rainbow effect. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can also experiment with non-traditional rainbow colors or pastel shades to achieve a more unconventional highlight.

Next, prepare your empty compact or container by cleaning it thoroughly with rubbing alcohol. This ensures that your highlighter is free from any contamination or residue that may affect its performance. Once cleaned, leave it aside to dry completely before transferring your homemade highlighter mixture.

Now it’s time to mix your chosen rainbow eyeshadows or pigments. Take a small mixing bowl and carefully scrape a small amount of each color onto the surface and add the highlighter until you have your desired effect.(MAKE SURE TO DO EVERY COLOR SEPARATELY SO YOU CAN PLACE IT SIMILAR TO MINE)The exact quantity required depends on the size of your compact and personal preference. Remember that it’s always better to start with less and add more if needed. Slowly incorporate a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the mixture until you form a paste-like consistency. Ensure that the mixture is free from any clumps or lumps by rigorously stirring it with a dropper or a small spatula.

Once you have achieved a smooth and well-blended mixture, transfer it into your cleaned and dried compact or container. Use the dropper or spatula to fill the container evenly, making sure the surface is level. Now, repeat with the remaining colors. Once the highlighters are transferred, tap the container gently on a flat surface to remove any air bubbles and ensure a cohesive mixture.For best results get a piece of cheesecloth and something like a quarter, to press the powder into the pan neatly. Leave the highlighter to dry and set for a few hours or overnight, depending on the thickness of the mixture.

After your homemade rainbow highlighter solidifies, it is ready for use. Simply use a single-sided makeup brush to swipe across the surface, picking up the desired colors. Apply the highlighter to the high points of your face, such as the cheekbones, brow bones, and Cupid’s bow, for an ethereal and radiant glow.

Creating your very own rainbow highlighter is not only a great way to save money but also an opportunity to showcase your individuality and creativity. By experimenting with different colors and shades, you can tailor your highlighter to suit your unique style and preferences. So go ahead and dive into this exciting DIY project to add a touch of magic and charm to your makeup collection.

My daughter and beautiful model Kaycee. Our rainbow highlighter turned out amazing!

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Have you done this DIY project?! I want to see what yours looks like! And maybe share some differences if you did something different!!

**Wiseideas.net was my domain in 2016. I still own all of these photos as if they were watermarked with Wiseideas.me or Wiseideas.info.

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