Glowing, radiant skin is not just a Korean makeup trend – Hollywood stars employ this flattering technique when they attend red carpet events, and singers do it in their music videos so they exude a natural healthy glow. So, how to do it best? We tune out the noise and ask industry experts to share their best tips on how to nail highlighting your face.
1. Use a highlighter two to three shades lighter than your skin tone
“Highlighting is essentially adding lights to the face. Highlighters may come in either powder or cream base. Regardless of texture, the shade of the highlighter should be two to three shades lighter than the shade of the skin. When working with pearly products like M.A.C Cream Colour Base or M.A.C Strobe Cream, apply it with MAC #188 Small Duo Fibre Brush using the brushing technique in a light handed manner, and on higher planes of the face. Ensure that the base of skin is not too matte. Product should settle naturally and not cakey. When working with matte texture like M.A.C Studio Conceal & Correct Palette, to create highlights, use the PRO Performance Sponge, and work your way by stamping the product on the higher planes of face; stamping will further mattify and build coverage on the skin. Dust M.A.C Prep & Prime Transparent Finishing Powder, over application to set product in place.” says Lyia, M.A.C Singapore Senior Event Artist.
From left: M.A.C Cream Colour Base, M.A.C Strobe Cream, M.A.C Studio Conceal & Correct Palette, and M.A.C Prep & Prime Transparent Finishing Powder
2. Highlight these five points on your face
“The ideal places to highlight are underneath the arch of the brow, in the inner corner of the eyes, the bridge of the nose just between the eyes, on the high points of the cheeks, and right above the lips at the Cupid’s bow,” says makeup artist Stella Kae, who has worked on celebs like Alyssa Milano, Brandi Cyrus and Toni Braxton. For a more natural look with light or neutral eyeshadow shades, she recommends highlighting just at the centre of the eyelid.
3. To get a natural glow, highlight your forehead and chin
“I like to apply a tiny bit of highlight on the corner of my client’s forehead. That way, when they move their head on the red carpet it looks like their skin is really glowing.” Besides applying a teeny bit of highlighter on the forehead to look glowy IRL, Mario Dedivanovic, KKW’s BFF and makeup guru, also recommends applying a small amount to the corner of your chin, instead of the centre. This means that when you tilt your head your highlight will catch the light and appear like a natural glow.
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4. How to find the protruding parts of your face to highlight
“Always along the bone structure. Generally, start on the protruding areas of the face and blend well. The easiest way to find the protruding area of face is to stand facing the window and observe the face with natural light falling on it. The part of the face that reflects light most is the place you want to place highlight on.
For the nose highlight, apply highlighting colour directly along the nasal bone and blend the color towards tip of the nose. Avoid applying the highlighting colour directly on the tip of the nose as it tends to make the nose look too shiny or greasy” says Asano, Shu Uemura Chief Makeup Artist.
5. Avoid glitter
“Try to stay away from products that look glittery. It’s supposed to look like a pretty sheen, not a disco ball on the cheekbones!” “Highlighting should be subtle and should give the effect that your skin is glowing and dewy,” advises LA celebrity makeup artist Kira Nasrat.
Kira Nasrat works with Hollywood stars like Chloe Bennet
6. It is important to consider the environment lighting when highlighting your face
“Highlighting is a strong trend, but be careful to not go overboard. Strong shimmer can look very unnatural in daylight and under the wrong artificial lighting. Keep it light during the day, and feel free to add on at night, especially if you’re going somewhere with dim lighting. Not all shades of highlighters suit everyone. For medium to dark skin, warm-toned highlighters that are great to give you that J-Lo kind of warm healthy glow. For fair skin, cool-toned highlighters can give you that pinkish glow you see on many Korean celebrities” says Erika Saenz, Make Up For Ever National Education Manager.
7. You can highlight your face even if you want to go for the no-makeup look
We are obsessed with Selena’s glowy makeup in her new Fetish music video. “Basically it’s almost no makeup, just a couple drops of Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter mixed with moisturiser. Her faux freckles are created using Marc Jacobs Beauty Matte Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in (Earth)quake, and she’s wearing a soft peach Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer in French Tickler,” Hung Vanngo, Marc Jacobs Beauty Global Artistry Ambassador reveals.
A version of this article was orignally published on CLEO.com.sg.