Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Highlighting with Nyx Milk

I often highlight with Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, and a lot of people ask me how I do it. It's really simple, so here it is! It's an amazing matte highlight for pale skin.

Firstly, I must say that I got this idea from the badass and talented Samantha over at Batalash Beauty. She did a contouring tutorial last year at some point, and mentioned that if she's quite pale in the winter, she just uses Nyx Milk to highlight instead of a lighter foundation. To my knowledge, she hasn't done a tutorial on just how, so I decided to make a quick post showing what I do!

It's super easy.

Start with your normal foundation routine (I like to highlight before contouring, but I went ahead and did it before for the sake of consistency):

full face minus highlighting
Then I draw on where I want to highlight. Just literally draw it onto my face.

Sometimes I have to resist drawing all over the rest of my face for fun.

Then I blend it out with my finger, and there's my favorite matte highlight!

Matte highlight and contour ftw.
That's it. It's really easy.

It's great on it's own, but it's also an awesome base for other highlighters, like Benefit's High Beam (my favorite):

Can't go wrong with High Beam

And one from the front for good measure.

A word of warning, however. This can be tricky if you have quite dry skin, which I do. It doesn't do dry spots (like the ones I get on my nose) any favors! I've also noticed it works best once your foundation has set, but before any setting powder. With powder under it, it can get a little harder to blend.

Thanks for the awesome idea, Samantha! You da best, but we all knew that.

Derp face signing off.

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Complete product list:

  • Nyx green color correcting primer
  • Ben Nye translucent powder
  • Revlon Colorstay for oily/combination skin in Ivory
  • I used the Wayne Goss foundation over powder method
  • Nyx Milk (highlighting)
  • Benefit High Beam
  • Nyx blush in Taupe (contour)
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Urban Decay shadow Strange (from Naked 3)
  • Nyx Taupe blush
  • ELF brow kit in Dark
  • MUFE eyeshadow #162 (brows)
  • ELF cream eyeliner
  • Maybelline Colossal Lash (yellow tube)
  • Red Cherry Lashes #43
  • ELF Studio Matte lip color in Natural
And here's a nice one for pinning, if you so desire!


  1. Um, holy shit. Just had to go try this even though its time to wash my makeup off. I will not be regretting that tomorrow! This looks GREAT! Definitely adding you to my bookmarks! Keep it up!!

    1. Awesome, glad you liked it! And thanks! I'm having a ton of fun with this blog :)

  2. Okay, okay. You've convinced me. This pale gal really does *need* nyx milk!

    1. It's so useful for so many things!

  3. What do you blend it out with?

    A brush? Do I just furiously smush it into my face with my fingers?

    1. I just realized I didn't even mention it, but yes, I just use my fingers!

  4. Oh my gawsh, you're just straight up adorable. i love this tutorial.

  5. Do you know if NYX makes their cream blush in Taupe or a similar colour? Being winter, though I'm normally oily I dry out easily if I use powder products - so I'm setting with spray and trying to stick to cream blushers/highlights/contours (they're also easier to blend on a liquid foundation) but I don't want to get the Illamasqua cream pigment (they're like $30 here) and I can't get OCC's dupe of it.

    I'm happy I found this again too - it's taken four weeks, but I finally got the NYX pencil in Milk (I got the last one in the entire store; they don't restock for two more weeks).

    1. The only ones I've heard of are the ones you mentioned, unfortunately :/ You might be able to request one or stalk around /r/makeupexchange and get a used, sanitized one for cheaper! Hell, /r/makeupaddiction might be a good place to ask on a Simple Questions Sunday or Wednesday to see if anyone else knows better than I do. Good luck!