Highlighting your face is the make-up look that shows no sign of going away any time soon.
Seen on the faces of celebrities and models alike, it’s surprisingly easy to recreate yourself to get that dewy fresh-faced look.
As Olivia Wardell is announced as the winner of Britain’s Next Top Model, we spoke to Olivia Brown, make-up artist at the show’s official make-up partner, Sleek, to find out exactly what it is and her top tips to get it right for yourself.
What is highlighting?
Highlighting is the sister make-up technique to contouring.
When you contour, the idea is to use slightly darker shades of foundation or bronzer around the hairline, under the cheekbones, down the sides of the nose and sometimes on the jawline to carve out a more chiselled looking face shape.
After, you can apply your highlighter to bring back some of that fullness and dewiness to the face to make the overall appearance more natural.
If you’re someone who prefers the no-make-up make-up look, you can use a highlighter on its own. This effect is often called strobing.
Where to highlight
Typically, highlighter is applied to the cupid’s bow, the bridge of the nose, on the cheekbones, the centre of the forehead and the brow bone.
This will make the skin look more plump and youthful.
How to do it
1. Begin by moisturising your skin as highlighting is all about luminosity, meaning your skin needs to be hydrated and not dry.
2. It’s best to apply a foundation that leaves a dewy, rather than matte, finish. You can blend your foundation with a liquid highlighter for an all-over radiance and subtle overall look.
3. Highlighting is all about enhancing your features, so apply highlighter to the areas of your face that naturally hit the light – cheekbones, temples, down the bridge of your nose, brow bones, in the corners of your eyes and on your cupid’s bow. Use a powder highlighter and blend it in with your fingers or a brush for an even finish.
4. Apply a subtle blush to the apples of your cheeks for a healthy flush. If you’re going to incorporate blusher however, be sure to make sure it’s a matte one to avoid an all-over shine.
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