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Highlight How-To’s

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Lets talk about highlighting… no. Not the kind you did in your high school chemistry book… the kind you should be doing on your face. Highlighting is the quickest way to bring that dewy, youthful, lit from within glow to your face.

So… how do you do it? You’ve gotta have the right tools and the right technique!

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People get super intimidated by the whole highlight / contour thing… but it’s really pretty simple. Painting your face is like any other art form. Objects that are darker appear smaller and further away while objects that are lighter appear larger, closer, and more prominent. For this reason placement is EVERYTHING!!

If there is a feature that you aren’t crazy about… DON’T highlight it.

So, where should you highlight? The brow bone, bridge of the nose, center of the forehead, chin, under eye area, and apples of the cheeks, and the cupid’s bow… think anywhere the light would naturally hit. As for the cheek bones, temples, hairline, sides of the nose, under the chin, and neck area… contour, contour, contour. Stay tuned for my post all about how to contour for that sexy, chiseled in the face look.

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I’m obsessed with MAC’s Prep + Prime pen in Light Boost. It is honestly the perfect highlighter and if it isn’t already in your makeup kit… it needs to be!

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Begin by applying your foundation or tinted moisturizer to the entire face. This will give you a blank canvas to work on. Use your Prep + Prime or favorite highlighter and get to work by highlighting the areas mentioned above. Lastly… blend, blend, blend. We’re going for soft, not stripey. A stippling brush works perfectly for this. I love the Real Techniques brushes. They are professional grade at a fraction of the price. These brushes are super soft and give you that airbrushed look. Plus, they are synthetic and 100% cruelty free. Score.

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Feel free to add a little shimmer to these areas once they have been defined. Note… I said a little. Having a face full of glitter is just not cute. I love Benefit Watts Up, MAC Cream Color Base in Pearl, and Bare Minerals Highlight duo.

So, there you have it. Time to get glowing! What are your favorite beauty tips & tricks / can’t live without products? I’m dying to know!!

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Must Have Mondays: Shine Bright!!

Today’s must-have is one of my favs!! I am pretty obsessed with the Jane Iredale Highlighter Pencil and have been for quite some time. Using highlighting and contouring techniques can really take your makeup routine to a whole new level. This pencil glides on smoothly, blends well, and adds the perfect amount of shimmer and shine. Here’s how I use it…

+ Apply highlighter to your brow-bone, inner corner of your eyes, cheekbones, and the bridge of your nose… & never be afraid to SHINE!!

Must-Have-Mondays: The Eyes Have It.

“The most beautiful makeup on a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.”
― Yves Saint-Laurent

Today’s Must-Have item is truly a Must-Have! This one little gem may actually change your life {or at least the way you feel about your makeup}. If I were stranded on a desert island and could only bring 3 things, this would probably absolutely be one of them. I’m talking about MAC’s paint pot in Painterly. Now don’t get me wrong, I love all of the paint pots… their consistency, workability, and staying power are unparalleled, but Painterly takes the cake. Why you ask? This one product will honestly increase the performance of so many of your other products it’s not even funny. It is the perfect eyeshadow base {your shadow will honestly stay put all day}, it brightens the entire eye area to make you look alive {I use it on my upper lids, lower lids, and especially the epicanthic fold [[that’s fancy talk for the inner corner of your eye]] }. I also use it as an occasional concealer when I need to cover something up and make sure it stays hidden all day {it’s as if it creates some sort of cloak of invisibility}. In short, this is one product every girl must have in their beauty bags at all times… I promise, you’ll thank me later!