From non-touring to strobing, highlighting is a technique that everyone should know how to do in a personalised, customised manner to suit your look, skin type and style.
For a natural, undetectable and healthy-looking glow:
This technique is great even for the make-up novice or when you want a healthy look that’s not obviously made up. The trick here is to use either liquids underneath your existing make-up, such as Ethereal Spackle from Laura Geller, or add a silky highlighter liquid (like Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl) into your existing foundation to lighten the texture and help infuse it with dimension and light.
Finish your make-up with traditional translucent and illuminating powders – Bareminerals Mineral Veil is a classic, timeless choice.
Any of these techniques give a lift to your existing make-up where the product is undetectable but the healthiness and freshness of the look of your skin will be noticeable. You can also replicate this look on the body with illuminating moisturisers that we have; the new Illuminating Body Butter from Tan-Luxe offers a self-tan built-in, and is super glowy too.
For a refined highlight effect:
To give improved structure and freshness to your skin, go for lighter and brighter products applied to the high points on your face. For example, under and above the brow to lift the eye, top of the cheek to lift the cheek, above the lip to give a higher, plumped up look and can often be combined with the newer, glossy type finish, especially on the cheek area that we have seen from celebrities recently.
An all-time top seller is the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick, and the new kid on the block would definitely be the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Twinkle Lighting Palette which even has four different shades inside.
Application: the liquids are best either with your fingers, or a blending sponge patted on last on top of your make-up. For powders, dust lightly with a clean brush, and if you have a downward-shaped eye, use it on the inner and outer corners for an ‘instant eye lift’ effect.
You can replicate this look on the body such as on the clavicle and shoulders and down the front of the shins or underneath sandals or around toes, often with the same products you’d use for your face. For a touch of warmth, the Body Frosting from Laura Geller gives a gorgeous all-over glow, and any of the Ultrasun Glimmer formulations offer natural and very pretty sparkle for daytime wear.
For full-on glimmering glam:
For out and out high glamour, I can’t recommend the compact highlighters that we stock enough. To apply, use a sponge tip applicator – favourites include Portofino from Laura Geller, and Vanilla is another beautiful shade with a huge cult following. If you want to use your Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick, go for a single shade and apply a more intense layer of colour. It’s all about precision and really makes an impact on a night out.
Today’s modern look should include one or all of these techniques, and my top tip is always make sure that your highlighting products, whatever you choose, are applied with totally separate applicators or washed hands so that the look is not ‘muddied’.
Finally, don’t forget your hair. A healthy, glowing, glossy face can show up as very fake if your hair is not shiny. To combat this, spray with Percy & Reed’s Shine & Fragrance Spray and take some of your compact powder shimmers and dust through hair – this looks especially pretty if you are doing any up-dos for weddings or a romantic night out.
I’d love to know how you apply your highlighter, which products you love, and what kind of texture you prefer. Leave your comments and questions below!