It's not really advisable to go on full makeup during the day but it sure helps to have some color on your face to hide a late night or to make you feel better when you aren't up to facing a long day at work. One of the ways to brighten up your face is highlighting your eyes. If you absolutely dislike using eyeliner or eye pencil, there's another option for you: powder or crème highlighter.
Here's how to do it:
- You will need the following:
- Highlighter palette
- Small brush
- Complete your basic cleansing and concealing ritual. This is self-explanatory especially on the use of concealer to hide dark circles under your eyes.
- Choose the highlighter palette that is closest to your skin tone. Aside from that, you might also want to choose the highlighter palette that will serve the purpose of highlighting your eyes. Remember that your objective is to make your eyes open up and pop. Gold or silver will suit this purpose best.
- Familiarize yourself with the various textures of highlighters.
- Glitter. This is the most fun you can have with highlighter because people can see bits of it in your eyelids like falling confetti on a Macy's parade. For best results, dab some on your cheekbones and over your lip gloss for a truly dazzling face. BUT use this only when you are going out to a party at night.
- Shimmer. This will give you a sun-kissed look without the outrageous come-on of a glitter highlighter.
- Sheen. If you are a woman over 30, this is the perfect highlighter for you. It's neat and glossy without being overpowering. The added plus? It conceals fine lines.
- Matte. If you want to hide stubble growth in your eyebrows until your next waxing or threading session, this is the ideal highlighter for you. Matte also works the hardest to conceal dark shadows and veins under the eyes.
- Highlight your brow bone first. You want to emphasize the shape or arch of your eyebrows first before working on the soft skin on the bottom of the eyelids. Doing this will give the finished work a neater and polished appearance.
- Combine highlighter palette to match the eye shadow on your eyelids. The operative word is to highlight and not overshadow the color on your eyelids. Go for subtle layering while highlighting to achieve the look that you want.
- Work some of that highlighter to the corner of the eyes. Using a small brush, apply a thin coating of highlighter on the corner of your eyes, where the creases start, to make your eyes look wider like Bambi's.
- Blend from crease to the rest of the bottom eyelids. This will instantly give your eyes a "lifted" effect.
- Apply a heavier coating on the center of your eyelids. This will illuminate your eyes even more.
- Complete the look by applying the rest of your "natural" makeup. This means loose powder, blush, and lip gloss.
Go easy on the application of a variety of colors especially if you want dramatic and smoky colors on your eyes. If you are a novice at this, it will be best for you to choose shimmery colors that won't let you down like gold and silver (mentioned above).