Several year ago my makeup routine only consisted of applying a foundation with my hands – I didn’t even own a brush – and applying some mascara. But now … whole other stories. New products and techniques keep popping up, my interest and excitement keep growing.
One of those techniques is highlighting. Highlighting became a must for me. Why? 1. I have dry skin, so any way to make my face look fresher, healthier and more dewy gets a thumbs up. 2. I have a chubby face – highlighting can make a face appear slimmer, yes, I’m for it.
So I’m a junkie for highlighters – the products you barely need, but ones I have enough to serve a lifetime. The product that started my love affair is very very famous MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft&Gentle – available here. I did review it separately here so have a look – it’s a goooood one.
The highlighters collection isn’t complete without a cream product – MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study – available here. This is lighter the MSF, it’s more white based, more metallic-ish, if I can say so. I love to travel with it, cause i can be also used as an eyeshadow primer or an eyeshadow. Very multipurpose and bag friendly.
Another non-powdery highlighter is KIKO Skin Glow light effect day cream – available here. Best used under your foundation taped on the high points of your face, look incredibly natural, very subtle, but at the same time makes your face so awake and glowy without adding another layer of product.
Another KIKO product is KIKO Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 07 – champaigny goldy shimmery shade – available here. The only highlighting I use it for is inner corners. It place just the right amount of product, it blends easily and stays put through goof amount of time. Of course it can be used as a cheekbone highlight – thin stripe and blend blend blend. No fuss.
The star on the post is theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizer – available at feelunique. The gorgeous gorgeous product – so finely milled, has insane color pay off – definitely pigmented, so be careful with that and use light-handed. It does look natural and gives an eye-catching reflection on your face. It’s buttery, not chalky at all.
If I’m running late
always I never skip highlighter, cause for me it does that difference that allow me look and feel (!) more alive and happy.
As for the brushes I like to use – both Real Techniques and both contour brushes: one is ‘normal’ and the other is duo-fiber. They blend the product seamlessly and you won’t look like a disco ball for sure.
Where to apply highlighter? Cheekbones, inner corners, cupid’s bow, forehead, under the brow bone (just make sure it’s not too glittery)…
Are you a fan of healthy sheen? What are your favorite highlighters then?