It’s time to pull back on heavy contouring and welcome Spring with fresh, dewy, radiant looking skin. Of course basic contouring is still a must, but let your skin glow using products that illumize, brighten and enhance.
This is a “concentrated radiance liquid with high-performance crystals that are infused with multi-coloured luster pigments to capture and reflect light. Enriched with Argan oil, it’s champagne hues mirror the natural radiant look of healthy skin.” This product gives your skin a golden glow from within and can be mixed in with your foundation or used after as a highlighter – accentuating the features of your face. Also apply to your décolletage and shoulders for an all round finish.
Containing “natural rose cells, Bellis Perennis extract, with anti-dark spot botanical molecules, flower acids with a cell renewal peeling effect,” this serum will brighten and even out skin tones for a perfect, translucent complexion. Apply before foundation to give your skin a luminous and flawless finish without adding any colour.
This cream boosts dull, tired-looking skin with “a fully loaded vitamin zap and a mega dose of green tea, with super-powered botanicals, iridescent particles and antioxidants.” Apply to your skin beforehand or mix with your favourite foundation to achieve skin that glows and shimmers day or night.
If you prefer a powder to a cream – try these products from Hourglass. They feature “cutting edge technology to mimic the effects of the most flattering light sources. Each powder captures, diffuses and softens the way light reflects on the skin. This photoluminiscent technology makes skin appear as though you have just stepped into your perfect light.” Dust over your T-zone and then focus on your cheekbones for a perfect highlight finish.
Luminous Light gives a soft golden glow perfect for those with fairer skin.
Luminous Bronze Light is a rich, bronze powder better matched to olive/tanned complexions.
When highlighting and contouring follow the chart below for best results
Highlight and create interest around the eyes and cheekbones in a “c” shape. Also apply to inner corners of your eyes and a soft smudge in the centre of your lids. Accentuate your lips with a fine highlight around the cupid’s bow.
For contouring, use a shade no more than 3 shades darker than your foundation to shade areas you’d like to define or reshape, like your nose, forehead, chin, and cheekbones. To find the perfect placement of the cheek contour, use your makeup brush. Place the end of the tool behind your ear and follow the angle of the brush from the top of the lobe down onto the cheekbone. Your contour should go no lower than the nose and shouldn’t reach in any further than the outer edge of the eye. And remember the golden rule is to blend, blend and then blend some more!
Story by Narelle Hall, Narelle Hall Hair and Make Up, Contributing Beauty Writer