7 Lazy Girl Highlighting Hacks For A Flawlessly Luminous Complexion — VIDEOS
From contouring and strobing to baking and chroming, the evolution of makeup trends has truly come a long way. Thanks to the Kardashian/Jenner sisters, who have brought popularized many of these techniques, makeup lovers have become enthralled by the different ways to chisel and brighten their faces in hopes of enhancing their complexions. With so many different techniques and tricks out there, the topic can be quite confusing, but these lazy girl highlighting hacks will provide surefire methods to achieving a flawless look.
If you're kind of late to the highlighter party, let me provide you with a little refresher. The term basically refers to a type of makeup style that attracts light to the face, thus creating a radiant glow that appears almost angelic. Ever wonder how Kim Kardashian gets that effortless luminous shine? Probably the work of a good highlighter.
Before you run out to your nearest makeup emporium to snatch a pricey highlighter, let me stop you. The truth is, you don't necessarily need a special highlighter to achieve a brilliant gleam (although if you are a big fan, by all means, stock up). You may even be able to do so with what's already in your makeup bag. If you've already got a good highlighter handy, you need not only apply it to only the cheeks, because there are many other spots on the face that could use a little shine. These seven highlighter tips will help you nail interesting ways to utilize the product in the easiest way possible.
1. Use The Chroming Technique
A new technique called chroming, made popular by MAC Cosmetic's senior artist Dominic Skinner, swaps out your standard highlighter for a nude-colored metallic lipstick. It might sound a bit strange at first, but the photo evidence pretty much speaks for itself. Plus, who isn't a fan of products that provide dual purposes?
2. Mix Highlighter With Foundation
Rather than applying to specific spots on the face, you can mix a bit of highlighting product with your foundation and apply to the entire face, resulting in an all-over dewy glow that is super gorgeous.
3. Apply Highlighter To Your Inner Eye Corners
This is probably my favorite way to use a highlighter, because it opens up the eye, making you appear more awake and youthful. If you don't have a highlighter, you can probably use a metallic eyeshadow instead.
4. Start With A Primer
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, $36, sephora.com
According to Huffington Post, it's essential to start the highlighting (also known as strobing) process with a good base of primer, such as this one from Laura Mercier.
5. Use Eyeshadow As A Highlighter
Your lipstick isn't the only product that can double as a highlighter, it turns out your shimmery eyeshadow makes for a good highlighter as well. According to Refinery 29, all you have to do is blend some metallic shadow on your cheeks, nose, and cupid's bow to get the full sheen effect.
6. Don't Forget To Moisturize
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream, $26, sephora.com
Cosmopolitan notes that prepping skin is just as important of a step as highlighting. Applying a good moisturizer will replenish dull skin and provide an optimal base for product to be layered on top.
7. Apply Highlighter Under Blush
According to ELLE, applying highlighter underneath blush gives off the effect of glowing skin from within. You know, that halo-type glow that stars like Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce are notorious for? Yeah, this is one way to get that look.
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