The Run Down on Different Highlighter Formulas and Highlighting Techniques

Hey Guys :)

In my line of work I have people on the daily asking me about highlighting. So I thought I’d create a post giving you a run down on different types of highlighting techniques and products.

Shimmery Highlights: These products come in different formulas from powder to cream and liquid. These tend to be used on the high points of the face. For example on the top of the cheek bones, on the cupids bow, and/or underneath the brow bone. This type of highlighting technique gives a glow to the skin and is particularly good for those who have dull or dry skin. I would avoid too much shimmer if you have oily skin or tend to get very oily throughout the day. The best way to use this technique for oily skin is to control the amount and placement making sure you only apply to the top of the cheekbones and fore go the t-zone area.

Some of my favorite shimmer highlights include TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer and the Mac Cream Color Base in Hush

shimmer_highlighting_productsthebalm_mary-louManizer_MacCreamColorBase_HushMatte Highlights: These tend to come in a cream formula but can also be found in powder formula. Matte highlighters are usually used to create that Kim Kardashian look. After applying liquid foundation (or before powder foundation) use a lighter concealer shade for the under eye area and across the cheek bone, down the bridge of the nose, in between the eyebrows and up on the forehead. You can set all of this using a lighter shade of powder.

My favorite cream highlighters (which are actually concealers I just bought in lighter shades) are the Mac Pro Longwear Concealer in NW15 and the Make Up For Ever HD Concealer in 205.

For a lighter setting powder I like to Use the Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Intrigue.

matte_highlighting_productsI made this little diagram of where to highlight using matte shades (the dark spots are for contouring). If you want more details I have a post on how to Highlight and Contour like a Pro here and I’ve also done a video which you can find here that incorporates the use of both matte and shimmer highlighting products.

highlight&Contour MapWhat are some of your favorite matte and shimmer highlight products? I’m always on the look out for new and great products so definitely leave a comment :)

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October 2014 Beauty Favorites

So I’ve totally been slaking with the favorites posts but now I’m back and I think I have officially redeemed myself!!!!!

First monthly love has got to be the new Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows. The color selection is insane, the pigmentation is out of this world, and the formula is the creamiest softest gel to powder finish ever.

MakeUpForEvEr_ArtistShadowsMakeUpForEvEr_ArtistShadows_mufeFor my lips I’ve either been rocking Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense lipstick in 48, the perfect deep plummy red  or going full on nude with Mac Lip liner in Spice and Lipglass in Obviously Bare.

mac_lipliner_spice_macLipglass_MUFE_RougeArtistIntenseI’m still obsessing and using my Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour kit. It has everything I need and does the job magnificently.

anastasia_beverely_Hills_contourkitI’ve found a new holy grail eyeliner that actually stays put in my waterline all day long without smearing, smudging, bleeding or any of that nasty stuff. Its the Hourglass Mechanical Gel Liner in Obsidian. The tip is super fine which makes doing the waterline a jiff and allows precision if used on the lid or under the bottom lashes. It’s super creamy, dries quickly, lasts all day, and is highly pigmented.

hourglass_mechanical_gel_linerI’m taking a break from my Depend Cosmetic Gel Polish and been spreading the love to my normal polishes. Ive been rocking OPI In The Cable-Car Pool Lane non stop at the moment. If you haven’t noticed I have a thing for deep plummy-reds!!

OPI_InTheCable-CarPoolLaneWhat were some of your monthly favorites?

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Cute And Easy Autumn Nail Art

Its no surprise that I’m obsessed with nail art!!! I don’t even remember the last time I just did one shade on all 10 fingers haha!!! Yet doing nail art can become very time consuming so Ive created some easy and quick autumn nails that anyone can recreate.

bornprettystore_waterdecal_nailart For this cute little fall mani I painted my nails with 2 coats of OPI My Vampire Is Buff, waited for them to dry and applied these super cute water decals from Bornprettystore.com and locked it in with my all time favorite top coat: Seche Vite. These are the best decals I’ve ever used, they were so easy to apply and so thin which made them sit so beautifully on the nail. They have so many super cute designs and styles (not to mention a bunch of other nail and beauty related goodies). The ones I used you can find right here

BKYW10(10-09-16-15-50)(1)BornPrettyStroe where kind enough to supply my readers with this 10% off discount code. Thank You Born Pretty Store :D If you get your hands on some totally tag me on instagram @binkydiamonds so I can see what you’ve created!!

naiart_ombre_glitter_negativespaceHeres anoher mani I’ve recently created which involved a little ombre, glitter and negative space. To create the ombre I did 2 coats of OPI Dont Bossa Nova Me Around and let it dry. Then with the desired shade or glitter I used a sponge to stipple the color on starting from the tip of nail working towards the cuticle. Let dry and pack on more color to the tip until you have your ombre.

To create the negative space, I took some thin nail tape and lined it on my nails. I then painted 2 coats of OPI Suzi Skies In The Pyrenees and waited until it was completely dry to pull off the tape, and voila, nagative space nails!!

What was your favorite mani? I loved the decals because they are so fricking adorable but I also love the ombre for a more sophisticated look.

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