November 2, 2011

How To Highlight Your Facial Features

Most women I know would give anything to have their skin described as "luminous."  I mean, who doesn't want to look they are glowing from within rather than having flat matte one dimensional skin??

{My 4 "highlighted" facial features :: eyes, cheekbones, nose, and bow of lip}

There are definitely best spots/areas on a face that highlighting products should be placed to best accentuate your favorite features.  Now I wouldn't highlight every single facial feature on one face all at once like I've shown you above (I've just done this so I could kill two bird with one stone and show you all of your options at once)!  But you should stick to one or two areas with highlighter and call it a day.

Below are my "before" highlighting products and then the "after."

{Before with only matte products applied}

{My After with all 4 highlighted areas}

 My tips for highlighting:

*Product used- Too Faced Cosmetics Snow Bunny Bronzing Powder- I used the pinky/white shades in the palette (not the bronze stripe).  If you want a liquid version, try Benefit's High Beam, which is good for drier skin and would go underneath your other makeup for a more subtle appearance. For my foundation, I used my newly purchased Revlon PhotoReady Compact makeup in Shell- loving this stuff so far!*

1. Consider your skin tone.  If you have dark skin, pick highlighters that have a warm golden finish- lighter white/silver based ones will leave you looking ashy, not glowy.  Fair skinned ladies can use blue based and silver products for their best complexion.  I used silver based products on my skin.  

{Pressing the highlighter in the tear duct area to make eyes sparkle!}

2. Strategically apply your highlighter.  Like I said before, pick one or two spots to place highlighter and leave the rest of your products matte.  For example, I used two flat grey shadows on my eyes because I knew I would be placing a shimmery silver in the tear duct area and wanted it to be a nice contrast.  I also used a flat bronzer and blush, you get the picture.

{Swiping my highlighter down the bridge of my nose to give definition}

{Applying highlighter right above my cheek color in a C shape from the top of my cheeks to my brow bone}

{To make your lips stand out a bit more, apply a tiny bit of highlighter right above the cupids bow of your mouth.}

{My finished facial features!!}

So there's how I get that glow and show off my facial features.  I just love the effect of light bouncing off these spots on my face!

What are your current favorite highlighting products? Or do you prefer a more matte face overall?


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IamAlisonM said...

Tops of the cheeks, brow bone, and tear duct are my favorite places to use highlighter. I almost always use bronzer down the bridge of my nose instead of highlighter. I don't know the ins and outs of contouring so I just go with what works best :) My favorites are theBalm's Mary Lou-manizer (powder) and Sonia Kashuk's Super Sheer Shimmering Highlighter (liquid) which is a very lovely rose gold. If you want to see it loaded on, search my site for the "End of Summer Bronze" post. Keep the "how-to's" coming, I love them!

Ally Garner said...

Damn girl. Your before pics look just as fabulous as your after pics. The highlighting makes a difference, but geez I'd be thrilled with your "before" face!

Definitely trying the Revlon PhotoReady compact.

JennySue said...

@Mihaela- thanks so much for the blog love! I will check you out!
@AlisonM- I always love your product recommendations!
@Ally- you are too funny, thanks for the before compliment- def try out the photoready if you have dry skin like me- I love this stuff so far!

The Hortons said...

Hi JennySue,

Awesome post. What other products are you wearing on your face? I love your lip and cheek colors!

Also, will you please do a review of the Revlon PhotoReady Compact makeup?

Thank you!

JennySue said...

@Hortons, thanks so much! I will absolutely do a review on the Revlon product, bc I do really love it. I'm wearing MAC blush in "fleur power" and lips are by tarte their double dose lip gloss in "acerola rush"

pretty pink tulips said...

Growing up in Dallas, TX...I don't ever remember my mother going to the grocery without her make up on. Red lips! Eyes done!

So, I have always been a fan of makeup. Even more so when I finally figured out how to put it on properly! :)

But, I love these tips on highlighting, which I only do to my eyes. I'm going to try the other areas to!

Thanks for visiting my blog...I'm your newest follower! :)
xo Elizabeth

astrorainfall @ beauty box said...

What a great tutorial...! You look great before AND after highlighting...