A highlighter by any other name (than Becca) would glow as bright, right? Eh, wrong.
Lately I have been all about that glow life. But achieving the perfect highlighted look is more than slapping some highlighter on and calling it a day. Recently I have been adding a few tricks during my makeup application that I feel have completely changed my highlight game.
The best makeup products and tools will go to waste on top of skin that is poorly cared for. I always make sure to properly treat skin prior to makeup application. Creamy cleansers help to soften while scrubs help to polish the face. Twice weekly I apply a mask and exfoliate, always followed by toning and moisturizing. Most of my go to Lush products have been previously mentioned so I will briefly list them down below.
–Ultrabland facial cleanser and makeup remover
–Angels on Bare Skin facial cleanser
–Movis facial soap
–Ocean Salt face and body scrub
–The Sacred Truth fresh face mask (only available in stores)
–Cup O’ Coffee face mask
–Eau Roma Water toner
–Vanishing Cream facial moisturizer
*I recently tried using the Lush Cosmetic Lad moisturizer and loved the primer-like quality of that moisturizer. I did notice a longer wear and fuller coverage of my makeup while trying it out.*
Each day I custom blend 2-3 foundations to make my perfect shade.
Sidebar–I know, it sounds like a lot. If I had to select one foundation that matches my skin tone it would be Revlon ColorStay 24 Hour Makeup in 400 Caramel buuuuuut I find it oxidizes and creases in the oily areas of my face so I prefer to mix it with other foundations to combat those issues.
I like to mix a liquid luminizer into my foundation. I was previously using Lush Charisma, which I love during the winter months to give my foundation a lighter luminosity with a rosy tone that is believable for cold weather. Now that the weather has warmed up and the sun is out more frequently I wanted something a bit stronger.
Where I previously would apply MAC Strobe Cream pretty densely to the high points of my face prior to my foundation application, I now mix strobe cream into my foundation blend. It does somewhat lighten the overall color, so I correct that by blending foundation colors that are slightly darker than my skin. I find that it gives the foundation an almost stretchy elasticity and it blends in a pigmented but natural way.
Some days I prefer to use the Opal Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector.
When I am feeling bougie I add in a pump of the Dior Glow Maximizer Primer. It is a warm champagne gold that can flatter a variety of skin tones and since the product is a primer it increases the longevity of makeup.
I typically prefer a dewy finish but if I do use a powder highlighter I cycle between:
Charlize Theron as a highlighter.
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
A very light crystal-gold.
NYX Hot Singles Eyeshadow in Dayclub
A neutral bronze with a hint of rosiness.
When setting makeup for the long haul I like to use the Urban Decay All-Nighter spray but I always make sure to douse my face in 2 or 3 coats of toner after I finish my makeup (before mascara). It helps to remove any powder residue and gives an overall dewiness that is impossible to achieve any other way.
Since for most of us, the center of the face and cheekbones are the main points of interest when it comes to highlighting I prefer my blush to have a glowing or skin-like finish to compliment the highlight on my cheeks, which is why I tend to use lipstick as blush or balm blushes. My favorites are:
Tarte makes a cheek stain in Pink Coral that I love and adore. It appears as a mellow flush of pink color with a dewy finish or can be layered for more intense color payoff.
There are two other lipsticks that I like using, both from the Sephora collection; #11 Love Test which is a bright hot pink and the other which I have not been able to find on their website and I believe is discontinued. The label on the inside says Lip Attitude and the color indicated is Star S21. I was able to find some reviews for it on the Sephora website, on a random blog page and at Beautylish where they no longer sell the product either. It is the perfect bronze, a deep caramel brown laced with gold. I love using this lipstick as blush because it gives me the perfect sun-kissed complexion.
As odd as it may sound, I like to remove all the hair from my face, either by waxing or dermaplaning. Both of these processes are a form of deep exfoliation and should be performed by a licensed esthetician or dermatologist.
When applying my foundation I press the product firmly into the skin as opposed to using stroking motions, that way there are no streaks and I can control the amount of coverage as necessary.
To highlight, I use a fan brush to disperse product over a wider area, and a medium fluffy eyeshadow brush to pat highlight into the skin for more intensity.
For an all out glow I apply my highlight:
-Above the arch of my eyebrows and on my brow bone
-In between my eyebrows, the inner corners of my eyes and on the upper bridge of my nose
-In a triangle shape on what I call the “parentheses of the face” meaning the C-shape of the cheekbones around the outer edges of the eye
-The very tip of my nose and Cupid’s bow/upper lip
-Center of the chin
I hope these tips and tricks enhanced your highlight game like it did mine #glowgoals