So, there has been a huge surge in popularity in contouring, thanks in large part to Kim Kardashian and her team of artists. Contouring however, has been used for quite some time, and made popular by the one and only Kevyn Aucoin. If you haven’t heard of him, and you are a makeup enthusiast, do yourself a favour and read up on him.
Kevyn changed the makeup industry and made a name for himself by making over some of the most beautiful women in the world, including a young Kate Moss and supermodel Cindy Crawford. His books are front and centre on my shelves. Kevyn somewhat brought contouring to the celebrity makeup world. And with that, came highlighting.
Contouring is used to shade and define bone structure on the face (my next post will be about contouring, so stay tuned), however highlighting is used to enhance bone structure, bring forward parts of your face. I feel the obsession with contouring has downplayed the beauty of highlighting, which as an artist is one of my favourite things to do.
This post will review my favourite highlighters and how to use them. I hope you enjoy!
Let’s start with my favourite.
This highlighter is like putting sunshine on your skin. I love cream products as they tend to mimic skin and powder sits on top of the skin. I get the end of my brush and take some product and put it on the back of my hand. I get my ring finger (this finger will apply the correct pressure on your face) swirl the product into my hand, hence warming the product up and with a tapping motion, apply the highlighter where I want it. When you have applied the desired amount, use your fingers to push the product into the skin. This will allow the product to infuse with the akin, giving it a lit from within look. Here is a behind the scenes shot showing the glow this product gives.
Behind The Scenes with Model: Gracie Ireland, Nabu Bronzing and Kaliver the Label.
This product also has another shade – Supernatural. Below is a shot taken from Illamasqua’s website showing the different skin tones.
This stunning highlighter is a powder, but I’ll tell you why it doesn’t cake on the face. Whenever you want powder makeup to look natural, test the product by getting some between your pointer finger and thumb and roll the product around. Do you feel the granules or does it feel like flour? If you can feel little granules, the product will be too cakey on the skin. The finer the particles and more highly milled, the closer the particles can sit together on the face, looking much more natural. This highlighter is so finely milled, it creates such a gorgeous glow on the skin. Always start with a small amount on your brush, tap off the excess and apply. It’s much easier to build up product, than try and remove too much. Here’s a shot from a shoot when I used this gorgeous product.
Shoot for HerFashionBox with Teeganpack behind the camera and the stunning model is JordieShennan
So, I actually use this in my personal kit. It is so easy to use because of thr applicator (as pictured). I’m quite fair, so if I don’t want to do too much on my face regarding product, I’ll apply some of this on my cheekbones and I will have a beautiful glow all day. No brushes required, apply with applicator and press into skin with your fingers. For an all over glow, I also fix a small amount into my foundation or tinted moisturiser. This is especially nice during summer or when your skin is looking a bit dry in winter.
Now, getting to how to contour and highlight your face! The whole point of contouring and highlighting is to creat an illusion that your face shape mimics what the beauty industry classifies a face as the perfect shape, which is oval. How Kim Kardashian contours and highlights her face, does not mean that is how you do it. Here is a great guide on how to contour and highlight based on your face shape.
If you’re unsure of what shape your face is, don’t hesitate to ask me. I hope you’ve learnt something.