How To Highlight Like A Pro

If you’re keen to work with your face shape, making the areas that you love really stand out and adding more depth to your cheekbones, it’s time you learn how to highlight with purpose. To start, remember this simple fact; dark colours recede whilst light colours pop out.

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With this in mind, once you’ve applied your foundation as normal (but before any setting powders or blush etc) add some depth to your face with dark tones. For this we recommend Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour (£19.50) as it’s chunky and easy to use plus it blends really well, take a look at the diagram  – you want to apply your Chubby Stick into the hollows of your cheekbones, around your temples and, if you want your jaw to appear tighter and more prominent, follow just below the jawline. Adding some to either side of the bridge of your nose is optional and only use on the eyelids if you want to skip eyeshadow.


Use the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush to blend the colour into the skin so that it appears to highlight or strobe Next you want to strobe the skin, another word for highlight, to not only give it a healthy glow, but to exaggerate the angles of your face so that it looks more chiselled. If you want to know how to highlight without looking like a disco ball, we love the MAC Mineral SkinFinish in Global Glow (£24.50) because it suits all shades and adds a glow without depositing lots of glitter on the face!

Use it with the Real Techniques Blush Brush, dust a little into the centre of your forehead, a subtle line down the bridge of your nose, along the tops of your cheekbones and on your Cupid’s bow. Add a dot to your chin and the top of your jawline – it’s all about creating optical illusions, so experiment with the placement of your highlighter until you get it perfect for your face shape.

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Finish with a dusting of blush on the apples of your cheeks and step back for a look at your flawless face – voila you have learned how to highlight!

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