’tis the season to be sparkly… fa la la la la la la la la …
You know, how often have you wanted to apply a highlighting or illuminating product, but are loathe to buy a whole tube or bottle or tub or pot, just for that one special occasion? Then, you realise you either don’t like it, or the one special occasion passes and you never use it again. Not many of us do the whole contour and highlight thing day in and day out. Well, unless you’re a celebrity or work at a makeup counter or just have your face out there all the time. I can tell you I most certainly don’t!
So, instead of wasting your money on huge tub, tube, pot or bottle of liquid or cream highlighter, or if you are just experimenting, here’s a very handy dandy tip I learned from Dior International Makeup Artist Junior Cedeno back in Summer 2013, to make your own highlighter! He taught me another handy dandy tip for foundation application that I shared too which is brilliant!
Junior taught me using the Diorsnow BB Creme (which I love!) but I’m going to show you that you can also use it with other BB Creams or concealer or even liquid foundation.
What you need is a liquid foundation, concealer or BB Cream and a golden shimmer product like a golden eyeshadow, be it cream or powder. Now, let the magic happen!
- Put a dollop of your foundation, bb cream or concealer on the back of your hand.
- Take a dollop of your golden eyeshadow and put it on the back of your hand. If you are using a powder eyeshadow, then place the base on your hand, then use your finger and rub the gold eyeshadow so you have a lot of product on your finger.
- Blend the gold eyeshadow with your base. Depending on how much product you put, you will end up with something highly shimmery or less shimmery. Use as much or as little product as you like to achieve the effect you want.
I like to use my fingers for this because it’s just easier, plus you already have all your product on your finger. Take a thin layer of product and pat it on your skin where you want to place your highlighter. My illustration below shows you where I put it and how subtle it looks.
I usually apply a dab under my eye area, which helps brighten the area. Also, a dab on my cheekbones to give the illusion of lift, and if you like draw a strip down the middle of your nose to give the illusion of a higher nose.
Be sure to blend it all out nicely.
The beauty about using a base product is that the highlighter will blend in with your skin and not just sit on the top of your skin making you look oily and shiny. The golden shimmer will deliver the “highlight” and the effect is a lot more natural and more “glow from within” than if you were to use a separate highlighter because the base is in fact, foundation or concealer or bb cream which therefore offers some coverage too.
So, if you want to experiment with using a highlighter or just want a one-off use of highligher, don’t go wasting your money buying a product you may not use often. Just use this little trick. Ever since I discovered it, I’ve had no use for any other highlighter or illuminator!
Money saving tip and beauty tip all in one – tell me you love me bwahahahaha!
Will you try this handy tip for making your own highlighter or illuminator? Do you use a highlighter regularly or just on occasion or are you just afraid of using it in general?
Try experimenting with different shades of gold and different textures. Some end up a bit glittery some have more subtle shimmer. Mix and match depending on the effect you’re looking for and enjoy!