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Look of the Week : Ultimate Glow

Strobing and highlighting were key beauty trends in 2016 with shimmering, pearlescent powders and creamy formulas dominating a lot of the popular make-up collections. If you haven’t already incorporated this trend into your routine, you’re missing out!

This year, the look is gravitating towards a softer more natural take on this trend, but highlighting is still key and has become as classic and essential as blush or eyeliner.
Highlighters work by defusing light so your skin looks softer and younger. If applied correctly, it gives your skin that glowing look that’s subtle enough so that people can’t place exactly what’s different, but think you look amazing.

The goal when applying highlighter is to create a reflective dewy look that makes you look like you just moisturised your skin. When you’re choosing a highlighter you have to think about your skin tone. If you have pale skin, pearlescent and icy-pink tones are perfect. If you have olive skin, the most flattering highlighter should have peach or gold undertones. Rich variations of rose gold or bronze work wonders on darker complexions.

You don’t want to be shiny or glittery, so try some on the back of your hand when you’re at the store and make sure to blend well. If the product gives your skin a slight sheen you’ve got it right! Once you’ve chosen your highlighter, use a blending brush and apply the highlighter to your cheeks, blend it on the highest point of your cheekbone and up towards your temple. Next apply it to your eyes, blend it underneath the eyebrow on the brow bone and into the inner crease. The lightness on the inner crease will open up your eyes and the brow bone.

Applying highlighter to your lips is also a great technique to give your lips a more multi-dimensional effect. Before applying your lipstick, blend some highlighter in the Cupid’s bow. This will give your lipstick a multi-dimensional color effect. You can also apply it to the bridge of the nose, but be careful not to apply it all the way to the tip as you’ll look shiny rather than contoured.

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