Contouring and highlighting your face is the perfect way to accentuate your best features — and it can help diminish those things you'd like to mask. But the hardest part isn't how to apply the products, but rather knowing which ones to use. Learn what the must-have products are and what to avoid, so you can highlight and contour like a pro. On Kirbie: Rebecca Taylor.
When you think of a glowing, radiant complexion, perhaps bare Summer skin comes to mind. Challenge that notion and get naturally luminous looking skin during the cold-weather seasons. It's more doable than you'd ever expect. Find out five easy ways when you read more.
Even though it was a dark night at the Skyfall world premiere, Bond girl Naomie Harris's skin was radiant as can be donning a sheer, sequined Marios Schwab gown. To get a similar glow like Naomie, the key is to use an illuminator in all the right places.
Start by applying highlighter, such as Laura Mercier Mineral Illuminating Powder ($32), onto the center of the forehead in a star pattern. Then, sweep product down the bridge of the nose to the cupid's bow and chin. Through creating this luminous line in the middle, you're instantly brightening and lengthening the complexion by drawing the focus inward. Finally, go back and put a dab of product under each eyebrow arch and on the inner apples of the cheeks. Complete the warm-glow look with copper shadow, smudged eyeliner, and a soft rose flush on lips and cheeks.
Makeup artist Laura Geller is the master of creating easy-to-use, multitasking makeup items. One of her latest launches, the Dream Creams concealer and highlighter ($27) is something so versatile, you'll want to take it with you everywhere. Available in two options, each compact contains three concealing shades in various undertones, along with one highlighting hue. The coverage possibilities are endless.
Blend the highlighter with concealer for a soft-focus finish, use the peachy shade to correct dark undereye circles, or contour with the darkest color to slim the face. You can even mix and match to create a customized foundation. While all shades are creamy and blend right into the skin, it's optimal to prep with a primer first to ensure a smoother working surface. But best of all, because there are so many undertones from which to choose, you can conceal everything from pimples to hyperpigmentation without having to lug around multiple products. Your face (and back) will thank you.
You can never go wrong with a Grecian goddess glow, and Korres Magic Light Powder Trio ($28) allows you to get just that effect. Use the darkest, bronze-toned shade in the hollow of your cheeks to create definition. Apply the medium, blush-toned shade to add color to the apples of your cheeks, as well as your chin, forehead, and nose. Then finish by sweeping the lightest powder under the brows for an instant lift. But the best way to use this product is to mix all the powders together. Either way, it'll look like you've been lounging in the magic light of the Mediterranean for days.
These new highlighters are gorgeous and easy to wear. They have just the right amount of shimmer to perk you up for party season and to brighten your wintry complexion. These highlighters can be used in the corners of your eyes, under your brow bones, on the upper part of your cheekbones or on your decollete. Enjoy!
Kevyn Aucoin Beauty Liquid Shimmer is a liquid highlighter and just a little bit goes a long way. His products always create greatness. Use it everywhere to create a luminous and dewy effect. Buy it here for $22. Available in pink, white, and gold.
Jemma Kidd Shimmer Stick is a crème stick that adds a touch of radiance to the high points of your face. Just dab it to the areas that you would like to see sparkle and blend. Buy it here for $25. Available in platinum, white gold and camouflage.
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