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Outsparkle the Fireworks Tonight with These Highlighting Tips from Chanel Iman's Beauty Pro

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Baby, you’re a firework! So this Fourth of July, get your sparkle and shine on with a little help from summer’s best beauty accessory: highlighter. Intimidated to attempt the product’s signature sun-goddess glow? Celebrity makeup artist Merrell Hollis shares exactly how (and where!) to apply your luminizer.

Before you even begin applying your makeup, Hollis says to start with a freshly-scrubbed slate. “Number one, make sure you exfoliate,” he says. “There is nothing like a natural glow.”

Next up: prep your skin with a primer that has a little luminosity of its own. “Start by using a primer that offers a glow effect, which won’t make you look like a disco ball in person,” he tells PeopleStyle. He recommends Dior Glow Maximizer Primer, which he applied to Iman’s cheekbones, bridge of her nose, middle of her forehead, tip of the chin and Cupid’s bow for on the Mizani beauty event in N.Y.C.. “This primer creates a back-lit glow to the face without being obvious.”

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Fourth of July highlighterCourtesy Laura Mercier, Glossier, Philosophy

If you want to try a new launch, Hollis suggests finding a formula best suited for your skin type.

For example, if you have dry to normal skin, Hollis says lightweight liquid highlighters work best, like Philosophy’s Take a Deep Breath Sheer Liquid Sunshine, which seamlessly blends into the skin to create a slight sheen.

For normal to combination skin types, creams are your best bet, says Hollis. And one of this summer’s most-talked about cream formulas is Glossier’s Haloscope, which is made with crystal extracts and moisturizing ingredients, such as coconut, castor seed and almonds oils to create a dewy finish.

And if your face is mostly on the oily side (or if you suffer from a little texture due to acne scarring), a powder highlighter should be your top choice, which will help mattify oil production while still giving off your best glow. We recommend a long-wear powder, like Laura Mercier’s Face Illuminator Powder, which is made with light-reflecting pigments to truly help you shine.

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Once you’ve selected your highlighter (and applied it in the areas mentioned above), it’s important to keep the rest of your skin matte to avoid looking “completely greasy,” says Hollis. To do so, the pro recommends using a non-luminizing primer, like Make Up For Ever‘s, in the areas that don’t reflect light, such as under the cheekbones, the top of the forehead and the sides of the nose. “By doing this, it ensures that the glowy parts stay glowy, and the other sections remain matte,” he tells PeopleStyle.

There you have it. Now, get glowing!

Are you a highlighter fan? If so, which brand is your favorite? Share below!

–Sarah Kinonen