Have you been thinking that the whole contour/highlight process is too complicated plus time consuming and maybe you need something easier to start with and look gorgeous at the same time?
Why not just focus on spots where you know the light hits your face the most. One word: HIGHLIGHT! The opposite of contour. Highlight the bridge of your nose, your browbone, your chin, the area above the apples of your cheeks and you’re good to go! I ❤️ playing around and trying new highlighters. They just make you look so alive and fresh and give you that nice glow that you see on tan skin. The funny thing is that here in Pakistan its the opposite. Girls wanna look extra white and artificial. Embrace yourselves! Every skintone is beautiful❤️
With the normal highlight we’re focusing on just making these areas brighter so we use a light toned matte liquid, cream or powder. That’s where STROBING comes in. Strobing isn’t a particularly old method, I believe we’ve been practicing this for ages now but hadn’t give it a particular name.
This process involves illuminating the areas of your face where you know the light hits your face, like the areas you usually highlight. But there’s a twist. You use shimmer and shine to really accentuate features that you know the light catches first to give an illusion of lift instead of a matte regular highlighter.
Illuminators are products that help reflect light from your skin and nicely substitute for a summer tan and to really bring out your prominent features, making them even more prominent and of course making them glow healthily.
To be honest, I do not own a liquid illuminator because I’ve always been double minded about it. Gonna try one soon! I own a few powder highlighters which I love, even though I don’t like a shimmering face. A baked highlighter for instance, gives you more of a natural glow instead of an artificial shimmery look. It all really depends on the colors you pick and how good quality they are and OFCOURSE how you apply it.
If you’re looking for a liquid illuminator, you can try the Benefit Cosmetics High Beam Illuminator. This comes in a nailpolish looking bottle. Mac also has a thing called a strobe cream. How cool is that!? Other high end options would be YSL Touche Éclat or whatever its called, Neutrogena shimmer sheers and Lancome Éclat Miracle. If you’re new to strobing and would like to use a more affordable product that gives almost equal satisfaction, I recommend the cute little e.l.f shimmering facial whip. Comes in a little tube! And has some absolutely gorgeous shades to choose from. Drugstore products to the rescue once again!
You can also mix a shimmery eyeshadow or highlighter powder with some waterbased lotion or cream OR your regular foundation to make yourself an illuminator. Hello glow!
If you’re looking for a powder highlighter, I’ve heard good things about the NARS and ofc Mac ones. Good dupes are the ones by e.l.f, Makeup Revolution😍, BH cosmetics and NYX.
The powder highlighters I own are:
1. Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter- Golden Lights
2. Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter- Peach Lights (AH BEAUTIFUL ON TANNED SKIN)
3. BH cosmetics San Francisco Palette Highlighters
4. Makeup Revolution blush palette Hot and Spice highlighters
5. The Mary Loumanizer
6. Bh forever nude palette highlighter.
So give it a try if you’re on the go and you don’t have time to go through the whole contour/highlight process. Grab a pretty highlighter like the ones by Makeup Revolution that I just reviewed and START SHINING🌟
Hope you enjoyed reading. Sorry I’m so lost, the internet is really bad.
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