In the original poster's video, she simply dumped loose powder highlighter directly into a bottle of baby oil. Granted, that bottle is smaller than I could find personally. MY bottle of baby oil was 14 oz, and that was the smallest option (I should have checked the travel toiletries section, in hindsight).
I know that because sunny weather where getting my glow on, only lasts for like, 3 weeks out here in Seattle, so I was NOT going to use 14 oz of this stuff.
So I used a smaller bottle. Done! I think most women will probably NOT want a massive container (because it will take massive amounts of highlighter for that massive container).
For the highlighter, the original poster used a loose powder highlighter, and for those of you who remember my videos pressing your own eyeshadows, you know that loose powders of any kind do not have a binding agent. And what that means, is that you are going to get a LOT of transferring to your clothing if you just use baby oil and your loose powder.
Easy fix: food-grade (or cosmetic-grade) glycerin! It was easier for me to find food-grade glycerin. But make sure it's food-grade... and not the laxative suppository kind of glycerin *cough*. I used the Wilton kind (found in the cake decorating section of your craft store), but you have some choices here on Amazon. Unless you are a soap maker, you don't really need a gallon-jug of it. My 2 oz bottle of glycerin is still mostly full and going strong. Right now it's only being sold as an add-on item, so if you don't already have a bunch of stuff to buy from Amazon, here's a second option: (Click on the photos to be taken directly to the product)
In the video I did, I crushed up a pressed powder highlighter in a small bowl, then added a little oil to create a paste basically, then added that paste into my bottle, added baby oil and aloe, and shook that up really well.
You don't need your powder to be crushed super fine or anything. It will dissolve in the oil. But crush it up a little to make the process faster. Even though a pressed powder does contain a binding agent, I added some glycerin anyway, and it helped with the longevity of wear, and gave it some extra non-transferring properties.
But if you are looking for something that is more like a lotion, use either a loose powder highlighter, or a liquid/cream highlighter. If you are wanting to add a highlighter is a pressed powder, you will need to crush that up really really finely. I made myself a small batch using my BB Cream and some of the leftover powder from my crushed highlighter compact. It is shimmery awesomeness!
You know what the best part about these "makeup science experiments" as my husband calls them? That you can customize limitlessly! You want a dramatic glow? Add tons of highlighter! You want subtle? Add less! You want different colors? Make a whole bunch of different colors!
Also, you didn't have to spend $82 per bottle by buying Fenty Body Lava! (I wish I were making up that price!)
Here is the highlighter I used, and it worked out amazingly for me. The shade I used is "Lustrous" which is a Rose Gold color (Fenty body lava is rose gold, so if you want it to look similar, go with this shade). The price online is $39, but I'm offering up my own personal discount for you to use, which is 25%, which knocks it down to $29.25, so leave me a comment and I'll get you hooked up.
Here's what it looks like on my hand. It's amazing! Getting my glow on, and moisturizing my skin at the same time!
If you want to practice with a highlighter that is more inexpensive, I recommend doing so, just in case you end up really just hating the whole thing. But a more pigmented highlighter is going to obviously work better, and higher end ones like the one I used, won't require AS MUCH product. Like I still also have my compact (which also means that when I use it on my face, I will perfectly match my new body luminizer I made!). I am putting this all over my pasty winter legs. They are like 3 shades lighter than the rest of my skin. My blinding white thighs need some help.
And yes, this process is messy. Do it in a bathroom or kitchen, someplace you can clean and wipe things down easily. And maybe warn your partner or roommate so they aren't horrified when the whole bathroom is sparkly!
Have a great day!