Posts Tagged ‘Highlighter’

March 27, 2013 6:46 pm

Bronze, Blush, and Highlight

Bronze, blush, and highlight – the three key staples to a flawless complexion. Once you have perfected and neutralized (removed any redness, dark circles and spots) the skin with foundation and concealer it’s time to bring back the color and definition. Sometimes after we apply foundation we feel a little washed out or pale. Bronzer, blush, and highlighter are perfect ways to brighten up the face!

There are no rules for the order of application. I prefer to apply bronzer, blush, then highlighter – in that order – but you may have another method and that’s okay too! I find that applying bronzer first allows you to see the face shape better and identify where you need to apply the other two products.

When applying bronzer you want to focus on the hollows of the cheeks, the top of the forehead, and underneath the jaw bone. This is a gentle contour for the face and helps the face appear thinner and more sculpted.

When applying blush, focus on the apples of the cheeks blending back towards the ear, basically right above where you have applied the bronzer. Use small circular buffing motions to apply the blush. This will help with an even application of product and a natural finish.

Lastly, highlighter should be applied where you want to highlight certain areas of the face. Applying highlighter to the tops of the cheek bones helps to accentuate the contouring you have already done. With the darker bronzer in the hollow of the cheekbone (drawing it in) and a bright highlight on the top of the cheekbone (drawing it out) you’re really able to make cheekbones appear more pronounced. You can also apply highlighter along the bridge of the nose up into a V on the forehead, as well as temples, centre of the chin, cupids bow (just above the upper lip), and brow bone!

Here is a diagram I drew to give you a visual on these application tips!

bronze blush and highlight

Model: Siobhan Bolton / Makeup: Brittany Hall

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Spring is right around the corner, and we’ve been searching for makeup palettes in light spring hues to make the slushy transition a little more fun! Skip to Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder.

A notable one is Bobbi Brown’s Brightening Finishing Powder in Porcelain Pearl. This all-over powder contains mulberry, grape, and scutellaria extracts as well as moisture-magnet sodium hyaluronate. We’re not quite sure what moisture-magnet sodium hyaluronate is, but apparently it helps to keep skin moisturized and looking ‘fresh.’ We’ll take it!

We’ve tried this powder two ways; applied all over and as just a highlighter. It brings a subtle overall glow to the skin and doesn’t contain any over the top glitter specks like many of its kind, so it can really be used both ways. Though we do recommend that for day wear you use it more as a highlighter. Try brushing it over your temples and the tops of your cheekbones after you’ve applied blush and/or bronzer, and it will bring a soft focused glow to those areas. It will visually smooth out any imperfections, and is especially great for those mornings when you’re running late or your skin just seems to lack a little luster. Another tip; after applying your foundation and concealer run a quick stroke under tired looking eyes. It will deflect light in an oh-so-flattering way and make you look wide eyed and excited to tackle that 8a.m. meeting.

We rate it 7/10 because while we do see a big difference, we find it really does need to be layered over makeup. If you have no imperfections to hide (lucky you) than you could probably get away with wearing it alone, but for those who mainly use makeup to hide flaws, you’ll want to apply at least a BB cream first.

Have you tried this brightening powder out? Is there another brand you’re loving? Let us know in a comment!


February 22, 2013 9:04 pm

Get Defined Cheekbones Now

Cheeks are one of the most important features when it comes to transforming the face. Instead of just showing them off with a touch of blush, let’s accentuate them with some basic contouring. Proper contouring will reshape your face. Whether you want to show off your cheekbones, or make a full face appear slimmer, this is the trick for you. Get defined cheekbones now!

Contouring with cream or powder foundation
First off, you have to find the contour color that is right for you. Whether you choose powder or cream, the ideal shade is one to two shades deeper than your natural skin tone. If you have a matte bronzer that is deep enough, you can create the illusion this way, is not, invest in a separate product.

Here’s a tip: Use only matte bronzers for this effect. The shimmer in many bronzers will catch the light, illuminate the area, and defeat the purpose.

To apply: If you are using a powder, begin at the center of the ear and sweep it along the hollow of the cheekbone. If you are using a cream product, use your fingers or a foundation brush to smooth the product in the hollow below theNathan Johnson teaches you how to contour those cheeks cheekbones. Whichever product you choose, powder or cream, be sure to stop before you reach the point where the hollow reaches the apple. The outer corner of the eye is a good guideline for most. If you are confused as to exactly where the hollow is, suck in your cheeks. That spot where the shadow falls is exactly where you want to apply your color.

The most important tip I can give you about contour color is to BLEND. The contour shade should melt effortlessly into your foundation. A hard line will look like just that, a hard line of makeup. A blended kiss of deeper color will look like the shadow thrown from a beautiful high cheekbone. As a finishing touch, warm up the apples of your cheeks with your favorite shade of blush.

Contouring with blush
The steps to this are very similar, you just need to change products and colors. Choose a cream or powder blush in a deep nude shade. Apply the cream or powder blush; sweep it from the center of the ear along the hollow of the cheekbone. Bring it right up onto the apple of the cheek like a Nike symbol. Using a more romantic, and perhaps shimmery shade, apply the color to the apple of the cheeks. A beautiful rose or flirty pink really adds light and contrast to the beautiful depth created by the contour.
Either of these techniques will slim the face, lift the cheekbones and make the face into a perfect platform to showcase the eyes and lips. Contouring is a great secret to have in your makeup arsenal.