The “How to” Series: Highlighting
A quick tutorial on how to highlight with tips and tricks by Lauren Vanney :)
Marhaba beauty lovers and newbies! I am thrilled to be blogging for Kidore.com. With two young children in school, I am always conscious about money. I find it utterly impossible at times to find great quality items at an affordable price. Luckily, we can all breathe a sigh of relief since there is now a solution to this problem…Kidore.com! I find Kidore to be such an amazing concept. I love a good bargain and who can resist beautiful, high quality items for children all priced at 100 dirhams and below? I know I cannot! Best part yet; I will have extra dirhams now for makeup shopping!
Moving onto makeup talk, I will occasionally include blogs about different techniques in makeup. I want to cover a technique that every woman can use on daily basis for my first blog for Kidore. It is a quick, easy and effective way to brighten your face and leave you positively glowing!
Have you noticed that nearly every makeup brand began to introduce highlighters into their product lines seemingly overnight? From Sephora, to Boots and Carrefour, highlighters are for sale everywhere! So, what exactly is highlighting? How can I do it without looking like a disco ball?
Highlighting is a way to give your complexion a light, dewy, ethereal radiance. As far as avoiding the disco ball look, read on…
In order to achieve the perfect glow, you must highlight the areas of your face where the sunlight would naturally illuminate: cheekbones, above your cupid’s bow, down the bridge of your nose and under the arch of your eyebrows. You do not want to apply the product all over your face; otherwise, you will be glimmering brighter than the diamonds at the gold souks!
Step 1: Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize! Prior to highlighting, it is important to apply moisturizer with SPF. Your skin needs to be hydrated and moisturized to look beautiful and healthy. My favorite moisturiser is Clarins Multi-Active Jour (351aed, Sephora). Two other moisturizers I use are Bioderma Hyderabio Perfecteur spf 30 (129aed, Boots) and Olay Complete spf 15 (37aed, Boots)
Step 2: Set the foundation. Apply your face makeup as normal. I use foundation, concealer and powder. Also, apply blush and bronzer if you choose to (I do!).
Step 3: Go for the Glow! There are two different formulas you can use to highlight, liquid or powder. Liquid highlighters are great if you plan to only apply a liquid foundation and you do not use powder. For me personally, I always apply liquid foundation followed by setting powder; therefore, I use a powder highlighter.
Step 4: Blend, Blend and Blend some more! If you are applying liquid highlighter to your face, dot the highlighter onto the designated areas mentioned above and blend out with either your fingers or a sponge, such as the Beauty Blender (80aed, Sephora) or the W.O.W. Beauty Los Angeles blending sponge (39aed, Lifestyle Stores).
Powder highlighters are best used after liquid foundation and setting powder. My favorite brush to apply powder highlighters is the Anastasia of Beverly Hills highlighter brush A23 (130aed, Sephora). Another great highlighter brush is the Real Techniques setting brush (46aed, Lifestyle)
A few tips and tricks to help you highlight to perfection:
Use a shimmer free blush and bronzer when you plan on using a highlighter. A matte blush and matte bronzer will keep the focus on your gorgeously illuminated cheekbones and will not overwhelm your face with shimmer. Try not to put the highlighter on any blemishes. This will enhance the blemish as opposed to concealing it!
If you have fine lines under your eyes, avoid applying highlighter on the affected area. This will enhance the lines!
If you have trouble finding your perfect highlighter, take a look at eyeshadows. Eyeshadows can be used as a highlighter and are perfectly safe to apply to your face.
Highlighters should be a few shades lighter than your skin. If you choose a highlighter that is too light, you run the risk of it looking frosty.
Finally, remember less is more! It is better to start with a little product and build up. If you put too much on at first, the highlighter can be very difficult to remove
Happy Highlighting! Please tag me on Instagram @thebeautymajlis so I can see your beautiful glow! For any of your beauty questions or suggestions, please leave me a message on Kidore’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/kidoreme.com. Shukran habibtis!