Why highlighting is the new contouring, plus matte lip shades.
REPLACE HARSH CONTOURING WITH SOFTER, MORE USER-FRIENDLY HIGHLIGHTING
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