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CHOOS­ING THE RIGHT HIGH­LIGHTER FOR YOUR SKIN TONE IS A SHORT­CUT TO A LU­MI­NOUS COM­PLEX­ION

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - BEAUTY - WORDS: AM­BER MACPHER­SON

Sum­mer make-up is all about sub­tle shim­mer, with high­lighted cheek­bones giv­ing a fresh-off-the-sand sheen or ra­di­ant evening glow.

While it’s tempt­ing to pick up a rain­bow high­lighter and get your glit­ter on, cer­tain colours can leave dif­fer­ent skin tones look­ing flushed or ashen.

Be­fore you go sweep­ing on the shiny stuff, LUMA make-up artist Sarah Tam­mer has some tips on choos­ing the right il­lu­mi­na­tor for your hue.

For fair skin tones, Sarah rec­om­mends ivory shades. These will give the ap­pear­ance of higher cheek­bones by lift­ing the an­gles around the face.

“Those with fair skin should opt for light and bright high­lighters or il­lu­mi­na­tors with a pearles­cent fin­ish,” Sarah says.

“As a gen­eral rule, you should select a high­lighter two shades lighter than your skin tone.”

For tan or olive skin tones, Sarah says golden colours en­hance that bronzed beach babe look.

“Warmer, golden tones work well with girls and guys who have a medium to olive com­plex­ion,” she says.

“It will make you look like a glow­ing god­dess — not a frost queen.”

Sarah says darker skin tones suit op­u­lent pink or deep resin shades, as warm, rich colours keep skin look­ing rosy.

“Avoid look­ing ashy by opt­ing for rich rose-gold tones such as LUMA’s Blushed No­mad high­lighter,” Sarah says.

High­lighters can come in dif­fer­ent forms in­clud­ing brush-on pow­ders, crayon pens or liq­uid.

Brush-on pow­ders need a fan brush or thick paint­brush tool to ap­ply to a con­cen­trated area and pro­duce a soft, matte fin­ish.

Crayon pens have ex­cel­lent pre­ci­sion and can be ap­plied with ease on top of foun­da­tion by gen­tly stroking the pen down­wards from the cheek­bone.

Liq­uid high­lighter comes out as a smooth gel and looks great when dabbed in with a moist beauty blender, cre­at­ing a dewy, fresh flush.

When se­lect­ing the right high­lighter, re­mem­ber Sarah’s skin tone ad­vice and think about when you’re go­ing to wear it — pow­ders and liq­uid forms are best ap­plied at home with the cor­rect tools, crayon pens can be popped in a purse and used any­where.

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