I love reading beauty blogs and I love discussing beauty. I do not consider myself a “beauty blogger”- that niche comes with too much pressure and scrutiny. I like to think of myself as an (occasional) “beauty blogger for the every day gal”: the ladies who, like me, want to look like the best versions of themselves. The ones who want to accentuate their features instead of covering them up. The ones who have to go to day jobs and don’t have the time or desire to look like a Kardashian. I can imagine wearing an overly-contoured face to a technology meeting… Caking on makeup does not represent my real life.
On that note, I’ve decided to begin a new series: The Non-Beauty Blogger’s Guide. It will consist of simple tutorials and tips- ones that can be applied to every day life. I don’t have hours to get ready in the morning. Do you?
The first topic is a several-part series about highlighting. I’ll break down what it is, how to do it, and my favorite products.
*I think beauty bloggers are wonderful and I am eternally grateful for them (though my bank account is not!)… I just don’t always relate to their lifestyles.
What is it?
The best way I’ve heard highlighter described is that it’s like candlelight for your face: it provides a soft and complementary illumination and glow to your complexion. If your skin is dull this time of year, as mine is, highlighter is your best friend. I even use it to hide dark circles!
Types of highlighter:
Liquid highlighter: mix this with your foundation, BB/CC cream, or foundation for an all-over glow.
Example: BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector
Cream highlighter: usually comes in stick form. This is preferable to powder highlighter if you have dry skin and great on brow bones.
Example: Benefit Watt’s Up!
Powder highlighter: apply over foundation. Can be applied all-over.
Example: Too Faced Candlelight
Matte highlighter: it doesn’t have to be shimmery! I like to apply matte highlighter under my eyes- glittery products can act like a spotlight to wrinkles.
Where to apply:
Again, you can apply it to your entire face! I will often use Candlelight after foundation and blush for a subtle glow. Or, you can try a targeted application. I personally do not like contouring. Try as I might, I can never get it to look natural. Instead, it’s always as if I have a bit of dirt on my face. Instead, I prefer to highlight certain areas.
Here’s an easy graphic:
Next week I’ll share where/how I apply highlighter and share some of my favorite products!
Do you use highlighter?