Think about your high school art class: you put light colors on what you want to draw out and dark colors on what you want to recede. So when it comes to highlighting your face, the same principle applies.
Highlighter should be subtle; nobody needs a stripe of shimmer on top of their cheekbones. The point is to give a glow that people notice, but can’t quite put their finger on.
Find a highlighter that has small, finely milled particles. Larger pieces of shimmer or glitter will look off and will bring out any uneven texture in the skin. Choose a color that isn’t too yellow or too pink; a good neutral will work regardless of your undertone. Finally, choose a color that is close to your skin color. Too much contrast between the highlight and your skin tone will keep the highlight from blending in and wil cause to look a little tacky. For example, if you’re fair skinned, using a highlighter with too much brown in it will look like you’ve flung bronzer across your face, and if you have deep skin, using a highlighter too light can cause your skin to look ashy. Neither is cute.
In the picture above, I have highlighter on the top of my cheekbone, under the arch of my eyebrow, and above my eyebrow on the bone. These are the areas that add a glow and bring focus up to the eye area.
Here are some worthy product options:
- Physician’s Formula Mineral Glow Pearls (colors for most skin tones) $14
- E.l.f Studio Blush in Gotta Glow $3
- Guerlain Meteorites Powder $58
- CHANEL Poudre Signee De Chanel Illuminating Powder (Limited Edition) $78 (See the review I did here.)
Highlighting is that finishing touch that adds a little something extra to a well-done face. Do you highlight regularly? Are you going to give any of those products a try?