high·​light·​er | \ ˈhī-ˌlī-tər How to pronounce highlighter (audio) \

Definition of highlighter

: a pen with a broad felt tip and brightly colored transparent ink for marking selected passages in a text

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Check out how to make your highlighter POP in this tutorial: Step 4: Wing out your liner and stick on some falsies to really play up your eyes, like 14-year-old Dylan. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "5 Snapchat Filter Halloween Costumes You Should Rock IRL," 8 Aug. 2018 Fan Brush Use this to clean up fallen product or gently apply powders and highlighters on your cheekbones, temples, and cupids bow. Brooke Shunatona, Cosmopolitan, "12 Makeup Brushes You Actually Need and Exactly How to Use Them," 8 Feb. 2018 Extra points if the highlighter somehow becomes a sentient being that knows intuitively how to sparkle in a selfie. Cazzie David, Vogue, "2018’s Most Ridiculous Moments in Beauty—And Beyond!—According to Cazzie David," 22 Dec. 2018 The best part about the video is that Camila is so casual about it, running the folded pancake over her cheekbones to smooth out her highlighter, and dabbing it over her chin, forehead, and nose. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Camila Mendes Blends Makeup With a Pancake in Cole Sprouse's Instagram Story," 17 Nov. 2018 Consider Kendall Jenner, who paired her flirty highlighter-green top with matching eyeshadow, or Bella Hadid, who offset a fluorescent vest with head-to-toe white. Anny Choi, Vogue, "Neon Green Is Clearly Winter’s Hottest Trend," 11 Jan. 2019 There was a lot of bling and a lot of hair extensions (more on that in a minute) but what was decidedly missing from makeup tables and the models' faces was highlighter. Sophia Panych, Allure, "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2018: Why Charlotte Tilbury Didn't Use Highlighter on the Angels," 8 Nov. 2018 The real stars of the collection are the highlighters, eyeshadows, and the mascara. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "We Tested All 70 Jennifer Lopez for Inglot Makeup Products," 25 Apr. 2018 Shop Now: Haloscope highlighter, was $22, now $17.6, available at Glossier. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Highlights From Glossier's 2018 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale," 24 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of highlighter

1963, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of highlighter

: a special pen with brightly colored ink that you can see through


high·​light·​er | \ ˈhī-ˌlī-tər How to pronounce highlighter (audio) \

Kids Definition of highlighter

: a pen with a wide felt tip and brightly colored ink for marking text on a page so that it stands out clearly

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