Social media has given makeup applications new terms, to make content in their feeds relevant. One of these terms we refer to is Highlighting which is now termed Strobing or Reverse Contouring, thanks to Instagram and Youtube. Both terms mean the same thing which is a makeup application that accentuates the high points of the face, the top of the cheekbones, underneath the brow bone, inner corner of the eye, middle of the nose and the Cupid s bow the area on top of the lips using products with high amounts of shimmer or shine .
I discovered this product from a colleague and she considers this her Holy Grail of highlighters. Mary Lou Luminizer is an American product under the label The Balm Cosmetics. Packaging has that retro feel similar to Benefit Cosmetics which makes it appealing to makeup junkies.
Final thoughts on these two highlighters:
Use them sparingly and the key to not making you gleam like a greasepan is to blend it with your fingers, brush or sponge.
When applied too much, highlighters can sometimes look oily and sweaty in photos. Do not use this on oily skin, it will look like a disco ball.
Apply them with ample lighting or across a window with natural light streaming so you’ll know how much to use.
Apply on the inner corner of the eye or tear duct to make close set eyes bigger or when you want to highlight that corner a la Korean pop star.
Layer this on top of your lipstick and tap a little amount on your ring finger and apply on the centre of your bottom lips to give the illusion of a fuller mouth.
Apply to the collarbones for a glowing sheen that makes everyone look good in photos.
Benefit Cosmetics is available at Greenbelt 5, Trinova, Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, Alabang Town Centre, BGC Central Square, Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangri-la and SM Seaside Cebu. Watts Up Highlighter is priced between P2500.00-2700.00 (Online or at the store)
MaryLou Lumber is available at all Beauty Bar outlets. Priced between P1200.00-1700.00 depending whether its bought online or at the store.