Why high­light­ing is the new con­tour­ing, plus matte lip shades.

RE­PLACE HARSH CON­TOUR­ING WITH SOFTER, MORE USER-FRIENDLY HIGH­LIGHT­ING

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents -

The con­tour­ing trend of 2016 is here to stay, but in re­cent months has shifted fo­cus. Sculpt­ing fa­cial fea­tures us­ing make-up is now about adding light rather than cre­at­ing depth, so the look is more nat­u­ral.

“Some­times con­tour­ing can ap­pear more ob­vi­ous than we would like in the nat­u­ral light of day,” says Tony Bau­mann from Mecca Cos­met­ica. “High­light­ing works by adding vol­ume and re­flect­ing light away from cer­tain ar­eas of the face, and when done sub­tly gives a more nat­u­ral, fresh and mod­ern look.”

For­get the stripes, cat’s whiskers and drag-like trans­for­ma­tions of Youtube and In­sta­gram. To achieve this look at home, ap­ply high­lighter un­der your brows and along the top of your cheek­bones, and blend well. Use the ex­cess prod­uct on your fin­ger over the bridge of your nose and cupid’s bow.

For those with fair skin, cool pinky­hued high­lighters are best, while those with medium skin tones should opt for neu­tral tones with a hint of gold. If you’ve got darker skin, bronze and gold will re­flect the light well.

(from top) HUDA BEAUTY 3D High­lighter Pal­ette, $80, sephora.com. au; UR­BAN DE­CAY Naked Skin High­light­ing Fluid, $46, mecca.com.au; HOUR­GLASS Am­bi­ent Light­ing Pal­ette, $90, mecca.com.au; Dou­ble Wear High­light­ing Cush­ion Stick, $58, esteelauder.com.au; NUDESTIX Nud­ies All Over Face Color in Hey Honey, $42, sephora.com.au

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