Glow, Glow, Glow: How to Wear Highlighter for the Holidays
December 30, 2010 Leave a comment
If ever there was an occasion to bust out the sparkle, New Year’s Eve is it. We offer some advice on how to pull off shimmering highlighter—without looking like the ball about to drop in Times Square.
1. Let skin glow. For a subtle sheen, mix a pea-size drop of highlighter with foundation in your palm before applying. The right shade leaves only a glow on the skin—as opposed to depositing color. Usually, this means silvery pink for fair skin (try Philosophy The Color of Grace Heavenly Light Pink Illuminator ), golden tints for olive skin (try Nars Orgasm Illuminator), and bronze highlighter for dark skin (try Clinique Up-Lighting Liquid Illuminator in Bronze).
2. Define your cheekbones. Apply a shimmery powder with a big, fluffy brush to just the highest point of your cheekbones, and blend. (Try 2010 Best of Beauty Winner Lorac Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder.) Remember to apply it after blush, so your cheeks aren’t lighter than the rest of your face. And keep that brush for shimmer alone; the last thing you want is a matte face powder flecked with bits of glitter.
3. Strike a balance. If your makeup plan involves strong, smoky eyes, highlighter can add a radiance to your skin that will keep you from looking too goth. Makeup artist Gucci Westman recommends dusting a shimmering nude powder (we like it on the cheekbones, chin, and above the bow of the mouth for a look she calls “an extreme version of natural.”
4. Brighten your eyes. For wide-open eyes, use a thin brush to dab a light, a shimmery shadow into the inner corners of your eyes. Then, keeping the brush as close to the lower lash line as possible, drag it outward to create a very thin line. (Try Bobbi Brown Sparkle Glamour Quad.)
5. Pucker up. Highlighter can even give lipstick a boost. It turns a berry or wine shade into sparkling mauve, and hot pink into rose. Choose a highlighter close to your skin tone, with just a hint of shimmer. Apply a dot on your lips, spread it with your finger, and then swipe on a layer of your lipstick. Use a lip brush to add more of either product for your desired shade.
6. Don’t forget the rest. A touch of shimmer isn’t just for your face: Makeup artist Pati Dubroff suggests massaging a dot of pearlized cream into the shoulders and collarbones. “Focus on the tops of the bones so it looks like the light is catching them,” she says. For a finishing touch, Dubroff slathers the legs with tinted moisturizer and runs highlighter down the shin bones.