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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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UO WATERCOLOR HAIR MASK

My girl Fashionlushxx and I have a to “DYE” for product review over on our YouTube channel: KT+E Unplugged. We have been super into the Dip Dye // Colorful hair trend and feel that it will be making a total resurgence for Spring 2013 [[<– which I can’t wait for btdubs]].

Anyhooo, we have played around with various methods of achieving the Dip Dye look without putting our hair through hell. I was a fan of the Anastasia Hypercolor Hair Powder. It’s good for a one-nighter and washes out in one shampoo. A word to the wise… stick to wearing dark colors and watch your pillowcase when using this product. I mean, it is powder… so it tends to wander. Though the Anastasia powder did the job, we weren’t quite satisfied… that is until we discovered Watercolor!!

This may be my favorite product of the moment, and as a self proclaimed product junkie, that’s saying a lot! This stuff seriously made my hair look, feel, and smell like a million buck$. It’s a super hydrating hair mask that also adds a pop of color. It comes in purple, blue, yellow, red, & pink and you can pick it up at Urban Outfitters[<– select stores only], or order it off their website.

My hair is light brown… somewhere around a level 5 – 6. It showed up really well in my hair, especially toward the ends which are naturally lighter. I basically saturated my hair in this mask from roots to tips. ¬†Erica’s hair is a bit darker… probably around a level 4. It still showed up nicely in her hair, but it was more of a “tint” effect. She applied the mask to the lower 1/3rd of her hair. We found that we got the best results by applying it to dry hair and letting it set for about 30 mins. Then just shower as usual and rinse it out [don’t shampoo… just rinse. You don’t want to dilute it too much.]

I applied the mask on Friday and have shampooed three times since. It’s still lookin’ good. The color gets more subtle with each shampoo, but this stuff has definitely got some staying power. I would use this product for the way it makes my hair feel alone. The¬†ridiculously¬†good smell and cute colors are a total added bonus. I will definitely be buying more in the very near future. Don’t forget to check out our viddy for a detailed review… and while you’re at it… SUBSCRIBE!!

 

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