Makeup has been helping people to add to their appearance since civilization began. Ancient Egyptians, for example, used kohl and similar substances to color particular parts of their faces. We have somewhat more complicated versions of makeup these days, but the goal remains the same: looking one’s best. Most of us are at least acquainted with how to use the various forms of foundation and concealer to smooth our appearance. There are plenty of other makeup options though. Highlighting makeup is a particularly useful kind of makeup meant to help your features stand out. They work by adding an extra layer of lighter color to particular areas of the face that help them to appear fuller or improve the natural glow of the skin. Highlighting is a form of contouring though and as a result it is a skill many of us have to learn. Let’s briefly discuss how to use highlighting makeup so that you can experiment with it the next time you feel like trying something knew.

Emphasize Your Cheeks
In some ways, you use highlighting makeup in a similar way to blush. You want to place it along your cheekbones for the best use. Light plays across your cheeks throughout the day and the higher points of your cheekbones are the most frequently exposed to light. Your own natural glow is typically related to natural flow of blood in your skin as well as your overall health. Trying to emphasize it is therefore typically a tricky business. You can do it by placing the highlighting makeup towards the top of your cheekbones and blending well. The lighter shade of color will catch light that plays across your cheeks more effectively and draws attention to them. It helps generate a sort of healthy, natural light and a smooth look that healthy skin is expected to have. You can get a decent effect this way, but you can boost it by using highlighting makeup elsewhere too.

The Eyes Have It
Your eyes are another area that can be useful to highlight. Of note, your eyes are also where you can expect to have a particularly pronounced effect as using the highlighting will emphasize your eyes. Highlighting makeup needs to be carefully applied though for it to actually be useful. The key to proper emphasis is carefully applying is just beneath the arch of each eyebrow. Avoid your eyelids for now as we’ll return to those later. You should try to carefully leave a line of the highlighting makeup across the bridge of your nose to ensure that you get the area that catches the most light. Lastly, treat the highlighting makeup like a light shade of eyeshadow and apply it at the inner corner of your eyes. If you’re using a light eyeshadow with highlighting makeup, then you can also lightly put highlighting makeup on the center of your eyelid, but don’t try this trick with darker eyeshadow as it won’t come out well.

Filling In Those Lips
The previous suggestions cover the majority of the basic tricks utilizing a highlighting makeup. They will give you a natural looking radiance through the lighter makeup catching the light effectively. It generates a sort of semi-dewy, healthy glow to the skin. You can go a little bit further with it as well if you’re willing to experiment though. Applying the makeup on your upper lip, specifically just above the lip, you can add extra emphasis. The lighter shade will help contrast the lower lip and give the appearance of fuller lips than you’d otherwise appear to have. Don’t apply highlighting makeup any lower though. It relies on exposure to light to work effectively and as a result applying it in any area that doesn’t get exposed to a lot of light will look unnatural and obvious.

Highlighting makeup is suitable for a style of contouring. Contouring always relies on the play of light and shadow on the face to provide more depth or a glow depending on the kind being done. This style is suitable for use in daytime and bright lights. You should focus on utilizing darker makeup to emphasize shadows when contouring for night. Both forms are useful tricks to know to make the most of your appearance at all times of day.

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