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Generally, if you’re using a true highlighter, most will compliment all skin tones. Highlighters are rather sheer, and mostly colorless - their intent is simply to add a glow and to catch light, not to add color to the skin. Certainly, there will be some pinky highlighters, and some golden highlighters, and some bronzey highlighters, but none of those will have SO much pigment that they will look badly on your (or any) skin tone. You don’t necessarily want a highlight that is going to have a ton of color.. because then you might as well just buy a shimmery blush or bronzer, right?
To be completely sure that your highlighter is right for your skin tone, go by your undertone (If you don’t know your undertone, look here) If you have warm, yellow undertones, use a cream-colored highlight with a slightly golden finish. If you have a cool, pink undertone, pick a color that has a slightly pink tinge. Champagne-colored highlighters will work for all skin tones, as long as they are sheer.
TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
Physician’s Formula Mineralized Glow Pearls
ELF Studio Blush in “Gotta Glow”
ELF Shimmering Facial Whip in “Lilac Petal”
Hopefully this will give you a good idea of what to look for! :)
5 Different Ways to Apply Blush - by GossMakeupArtist
Method 1: HIGH ON THE CHEEK BONES GOOD FOR: Round faces, and those wanting to give the illusion that your cheeks bones are higher than they really are.
NOT SO GOOD FOR: Very Defined cheek bones as it can make the face appear too narrow.
Method 2: APPLE OF THE CHEEKS GOOD FOR:Thin faces, and those wanting to increase volume in the face.
NOT SO GOOD FOR: Very found faces, and it can make the face look rounder. Also, those will fine lines or wrinkles as smiling causes the face to “line” and can make blusher (powder) go into the fine lines. Blusher to the apples of the cheeks is a technique known in film and theatre to “age” a person.
Method 3: HORIZONTAL LINES GOOD FOR: Thin faces wanting to increase volume in the face. Also good for those with tanned skin.
NOT SO GOOD FOR: Those with very pronounced cheek bones.
Method 4: CHEEK BONES & TEMPLES GOOD FOR: Lifting the face and giving the illusion of higher cheek bones. My favourite way of applying blush. Great with a fake or real tan.
NOT SO GOOD FOR: Very defined cheek bones as it can over “thin” the face.
Method 5: VERTICAL BLUSH GOOD FOR: Widening a thin face. Great for a natural flushed appearance.
NOT SO GOOD FOR: Overly round faces as it can make the face appear rounder.
At the end of the day, play around, see what looks best. See what looks prettiest. And have fun. It’s only makeup :)
There aren’t many really affordable matte highlighters available, so it would be silly to shell out a ton of money. I use a matte highlighter all the time, and all I use is a white or cream colored eyeshadow! It does the same thing, and you can find them for much less than you would an actual highlighter. And of course you can use them on your eyes as well!
I’ve been using an ELF Brightening Eye Pot that is really amazing, but I’ve just realized they only come in the “Get the Look” sets, so I guess I can’t recommend that.
Milani Runway Eyes Wet/Dry Eyeshadow in Lily White - $5
NYX Single Eyeshadow in White - $5 (used this for ages)
There are also great highlighting colors in the Wet n Wild Color Icon trios & 8 pan palettes. The whole palette is only $3-$5!
I have one, which I purchased quite a while ago. Of course I can’t speak for all of the shades offered, I did like the blush color that came with it! It is a really pretty coral shade with a satin finish, and is nicely pigmented. (Natural Glow, I think it’s called… I’m not in the mood to go digging through my blush drawer to find it, haha) They are very smooth to apply and look very natural on the skin (not powdery). However I don’t particularly care for the bronzer, simply because the one that I had was a bit orange-toned. If I had selected a different duo, perhaps it would have been great as well!
The formula of them is very nice and did not cause any skin issues for me. The idea of this kit is very handy - you have a separate blush and bronzer that you can use separately, or you can blend the two shades together to truly make the “custom glow”. The colors themselves are rather buildable.
The only true negative to this was the small brush that came with it… it wasn’t soft or nicely shaped, and really detracted from the overall blush experience. But I didn’t purchase the duo for the brush, anyway!
Overall I think they’re really great (and all of the other reviews I’ve read have been wholly positive as well), and I would recommend them. :)
Hey, have you reviewed the Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush? I have no idea how a blush could be "bouncy", but I just want to know if it's better than their Dream Mousse blush which is literally just pink paste with an illegal amount of glitter!
I really don’t like the Bouncy blushes. They’re not bouncy at all, haha. They are very sheer and fade very quickly, and you have to really work with it to give it any sort of pigmentation. They make an okay base for powder blush, but their lasting power is terrible. I’m really not a fan.
For the most part I would really recommend using a regular powder foundation in a shade about two-four shades darker than your skin. Powder foundations are matte and blend really easily into the skin… plus they almost never look orange, whereas some drugstore bronzers can.