Hey Friends! As many of you know I am obsessed with my Mascara beauty routine (hightlight, contour, blush and illuminator). I have shared several posts on it before (you can read them here here here), But I have decided to a Beauty Basics Series using the Maskcara Makeup foundations. First up is highlighting for beginners. I’m going to talk about what it’s for and why we use it. It’s such a simple step to your beauty routine and you can easily learn how to perfect it!
Highlighting for Beginners
Purpose of Highlighting
Highlighting is use to brighten your face in the right places. It is use to even out your skin tones, cover up blemishes and dark circles, as well as those hyper/hypopigmentation areas.
Where to Place Highlight
When applying your highlight color, there are 5 places to focus on. With the Maskcara highlights it doesn’t take a lot of product to get great coverage. That’s the beauty of this stuff! Your highlight tin will last you about 3-4 months.
- Under the eyes – it’s best you place this in a pie shape. This helps reflect light upwards giving you that bright, awake appearance. Annnd….if you’re anything like me it’s great for covering up those tired mom life circles!
- On and around the nose -the nose tends to be an area of redness for people. highlight balances out the tones and gives you a smooth even appearance. Be sure to get those little nooks and crannies around the corners and over the area between your upper lip and nose.
- On the chin + lower cheeks – this is an area where we often get blemishes and discoloration. Highlight is perfect for evening and hiding those blemishes. Also great for blending from your face to your neck.
- On the forehead – this is the area between the brows and up and over the tops of your brows.
How to Apply
Applying your highlight is best when using a patting or dabbing motion. Wiping the product doesn’t allow the makeup to fill your pores and give you that smooth natural appearance. After patting into the skin you can lightly fan the color out to give you that even layer. If you go straight for using a swiping motion your highlight can appear streaky.
More Than One Highlight
Many of our faces have different shades, tones and textures in different areas. This means you may require using two different colors. Your face, neck and chest should coordinate and look similar in shade. By using more than one highlight color you can mix and layer to achieve a more natural complexion.
- For Example: Your neck and chest tend to get less sun and may appear lighter than your face. So you could apply a lighter highlight on your chin to blend the two skin shades. And vice versus.
The goal is to have one cohesive look. It is flattering to have a lighter shade under the eye area to give your face a brighter look. This helps reduce that tired, dark circles look and gives you a more bright and youthful glow. Figuring out the need for two color take practice and really I’ve learned by trial and error. I have tried almost every Maskcara color on my own face just to see how they work. Lastly, our skin color and shade changes throughout the year with the seasons. So having a color for both summer and winter may be something to consider as well!
With these simple steps and with practice, you can master the art of applying highlight!
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