Highlighters are like having your own personal lighting crew with you 24/7, enhancing your cheekbones, lips, and nose in the best way possible. With all the options out there, it can be daunting to pick the best one for you, but we break down which you'll use on a daily basis: a primer, a concealer, and a powder. On Kirbie: Kate Spade top.
We've already explored which products you need to contour and highlight, and now it's time to master the process. Learning how to apply and blend these makeup items is the other half of the battle! Try our step-by-step tutorial on how to enhance your cheeks, define your jawline, narrow your nose, and plump up your lips. With a little practice, these techniques will be a part of your daily routine. On Kirbie: Rebecca Taylor top.
The benefits of using a highlighter are seemingly endless. While you can apply highlighters all over your face to strategically brighten, it turns out that highlighters paired with blushes make for quite the dynamic combination. The key is to blend, blend, and then blend some more.
Transform powder blush: To create a cream blush in an instant, shave a bit of pressed powder blush with a highlighter, like Benefit's High Beam. Mix together and apply on the cheeks for a subtly shimmery complexion. This combination is available in three new cheek and lip kits ($28 each).
Make a cheek tint glow: For a lit-from-within effect, apply highlighter in a large dot on the apple of your cheek. Add a cheek tint in the middle and blend, adding more color as desired.
It's that time of the year when everyone wants their skin to glow, whether the sun was involved or not. Cheat a little bit by using a product with shimmering particles, which will bring light to your favorite features. Bronzers, highlighters, and illuminators are made to emphasize the areas the sun naturally spotlights. Yes, you can apply these products in the T zone to make sure the focus stays on the center of your face, but that's not all. Find out the top places to apply highlighting products when you keep reading.
Do you feel it in the air? It's party season, and that means you probably have more than just one festive social function marked in your calendar. But it also probably means you have very little time to actually get ready for said soirées. That's why I've devised this quick and simple multitasking guide for going from work to holiday gatherings in a flash. To see the step-by-step list, just keep reading.
Want to know a super-quick way to illuminate the face in an instant with minimal effort? After your regular application of lipstick, lip gloss, or both, simply dab the excess product onto the cheeks and blend.
If the color's brighter or darker, lightly tap into the apples of the cheeks as a blush. If the color's lighter, use it as a highlighter and apply it right along the upper cheekbones. Not only will you get more bang for your buck with your lip products using this method, but you'll have a pretty glow, too.
I don't know a woman around who isn't looking for inexpensive, multitasking beauty products. And that's exactly what cosmetic designer and developer Ben Bennett had in mind when he created Wanderlove's Lip Wand ($17). The three-in-one includes a lip liner, lipstick, and gloss, and the Eye Wand ($17) includes a black liner, creamy eye shadow, and highlighter stick. It's a clever idea, and these products could be perfect for travel, but do they deliver? Find out when you read more.
Over the past decade or so, Anastasia Soare has established herself as the expert in eyebrow grooming. Her company, Anastasia Beverly Hills, has a Go Brow Brow Pencil & Highlighter ($21). It's a dual-ended chunky pencil that features a universal brow color on one end and a highlighter on the other. For just half the cost, Soap & Glory Arch de Triumph ($10) is an excellent alternative.
While Soap & Glory's version isn't as creamy as Anastasia's, with its soft brown and champagne-toned shades, I had no problem using this lower-priced pencil to give my brows definition. I applied the soft pink portion under my eyes as an instant pick-me-up, yet another way to use a flesh-toned liner. I have even used the darker side as liner and shadow in a pinch. Have any lookalike products for less that you might like to recommend? Head over to the Beauty Dupes group in our BellaSugar Community and tell us all about them.
Highlighters illuminate, while concealers cover. This was a very important lesson I learned while chatting with Yves St. Laurent national makeup artist, Dell Ashley, at the San Francisco Saks 5th Avenue. Perhaps you've heard of a little product called Touche Éclat ($40), a highly popular highlighting pen that helps to brighten and contour the face — but you weren't exactly sure how to use it? For six ways to give yourself an instant pick-me-up, plus my suggestion for a drugstore alternative, read more
Blushes with multiple colors are a great way to get the benefits of various colors, without having to buy an overabundance of product. Neutrogena's Healthy Skin Blends Sheer Highlighting Blush ($12.80) has a touch of color with a slight shimmery finish. Reader Laura220 is impressed, and here's why:
For me, this is expensive for blush, but it's so worth it. I'm very light-skinned, and this doesn't look silly on me at all. It matches my natural pink tones, and it blends well. I use it with a bigger brush than what is given in the compact because that's my preference.
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