Surprisingly, I get a fair amount of emails asking what face make-up I use. And honestly, it’s hard to give a good answer because it changes often. I have used Bare Minerals powder and Nars blush for years, but what really helps my complexion and the look of my skin is…highlighter.
I always always ALWAYS use some type of highlighter. And while I am not opposed to looking a bit shimmery/glittery, I know that look isn’t for everyone. So I’m going to go over a few different types of highlighter so you can choose your favorite.
Bronzer is really a must. I know a lot of women with a pale complexion shy away from it, but they shouldn’t. With a light hand, it gives just a hint of all over color (ever seen women with make-up on whose face is just a solid white? Not good).
I prefer Too Faced Snow Bunny because #1 see the different colors? You swipe your brush in a circle over all of them, and it gives a nice, dimensional pinky brown instead of just solid brown-orange AND #2 It has a shimmer that reflects light.
Using a large brush, swipe a circle across the bronzer, then starting at your forehead, draw a number 3 on one side of your face so that the brush hits your forehead, cheek/nose, and chin. Repeat with the other side, and do a light dusting across your neck and top of chest (so you’ll match).
If you’re someone who doesn’t mind a light bit of all over shimmer and is in a hurry when applying make-up, I recommend this bronzer.
If you’re still a bit hesitant to use bronzer, but want to achieve an all-over dewiness, I recommend this Bare Minerals Clear Radiance. I apply this all over with a Flawless Radiance Brush (invest in one of these if you use powder AT ALL), and it gives a slight hint of color and radiance, but not a ton of shimmer.
Stila Kitten. I am never EVER without Stila Kitten. It’s a gorgeous, shimmery pinky/beige eyeshadow that is perfect alone, or as a base for a smoky eye. Regardless of what eyeshadow I’m wearing, I always dab a bit of Stila Kitten around the inner corners of my eyes and under my eyebrow arch to highlight and give my eyes a brighter, more put together look. But–you can also use your Flawless Radiance Brush (because you ARE buying one, hmmm??) to apply a bit of this eyeshadow to your cheekbones. It’s super easy to do and gives you a beautiful complexion and radiant look.
Benefit Watts Up is a champagne colored highlighter that is in a cream stick form. After applying it, you can use the sponge at the bottom to blend and it dries to a powdery finish. I DO love this highlighter, but you have to have a delicate hand while applying if you’re wearing powder and don’t want to rub it off. The color is really flattering though, and it lasts a long time. I always apply this to my cheekbones, and a little bit above my upper lip on my cupid’s bow. Sounds odd, but try it!! Makes a big difference.
If you prefer liquid make-up, you should probably try Benefit High Beam. It’s a pretty, satiney pink color that you can apply to your cheek and brow bones OR mix a bit in with your liquid foundation for an all over glow. I DO use this from time to time, but it is not my favorite, probably because I’m not a big liquid make-up user. But the reviews are fab and tons of women absolutely love it, so it’s definitely worth a try.
I use Urban Decay’s Dew Me every day (*immature snicker*) after applying my make up. It’s a make-up setting spray that not only helps your make up LAST, but also moisturizes and helps you keep a nice dewy glow. It’s surprisingly inexpensive (compared to other Urban Decay products) and the bottle lasts a long time. I highly recommend it.
So, there you have it!! Those are the highlighters and complexion boosters I love the most. Do you have a different favorite you want to share? I’m always looking for new products to try, so let me know!!