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How You Can Have A Built-in Spotlight On Your Face

How You Can Have A Built-in Spotlight On Your Face

Because everyone you and I know covet a lit-from-within glow

 

 

Oftentimes at shoots, I hear photographers tell models or cover stars, ‘chin up/ chin down,’ ‘try to catch the light with your face.’ And what difference good or professional lighting makes. Anybody—and I mean anybody—can look amazing under lit circumstances, yes, pun intended. Now if only we can all walk around with a spotlight shining on our faces…

 

But since we can’t, there is another way to get extra-glowy, moist-looking skin: highlighters. It isn’t new, many makeup brands today carry a line of highlighting kits but one thing’s for sure, the shine is here to stay. Why? Because our generation is obsessed with health (read: skincare) and highlighters have the ability to make us look like we broke a sweat running a few kilometers or frolicked under the morning sun resulting in a healthy wash of tan. I swear, everytime I dab on highlighter above my cheekbones, on my nose bridge and a little bit on my forehead, cupid’s bow and chin, I’m told I look “effervescent”—their words, not mine.

 

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In a sea of highlighter palettes, this month, we’re putting the spotlight on Benefit’s Cheekleaders Bronze Squad Cheek Palette, a new limited-edition cheek palette featuring the all-new Hoola Caramel medium-deep bronzer and Cookie golden pearl highlighter—exclusively found here! It also includes cult-favorites, Hoola matte bronzer, CORALista coral-pink blush and Gold Rush warm nectar blush. Here’s a before-and-after of me wearing little to no makeup and then a sun-kissed flush care of CORALista with a light dusting of Cookie all over my face. The difference below:

 

How You Can Have A Built-in Spotlight On Your Face

Before

Wearing Gimme Brow brow mascara and The POREfessional face primer

How You Can Have A Built-in Spotlight On Your Face

After

Note: Use Cookie sparingly; you’ll only need a little to brighten up your face

 

But for a warmer, just-came-from-the-beach glow, keep the natural coral flush and swipe of highlighter on the highest points of your face but finish with a healthy pop of Gold Rush on the apples of your cheeks and cheekbones. It’s a look that makes skin look like you’ve just emerged from the sea (even if your photo was taken indoors, under fluorescent lights past 6PM).

 

How You Can Have A Built-in Spotlight On Your Face

Before

Wearing Gimme Brow brow mascara and The POREfessional face primer

 

How You Can Have A Built-in Spotlight On Your Face

After

Note: Gold Rush looks super natural, so layer to your heart’s content and don’t be afraid to dab a little of it on your lips, too

 

 

Wear either looks during the day, for work, casual weekends and definitely at the beach but do add some lip color  and a brush of mascara if you’re going to wear this look at night.

 

The options are honestly almost infinite, but there are only few palettes out there that deliver color and a dialed-up natural sheen that results in a glowy you (choose wisely!).

 

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Benefit’s Cheekleaders Cheek Palette is also available in Pink Squad. Shop it at your nearest Benefit boutique or via Sephora, Zalora & BeautyMNL.

 

 

Art and inner photos Alexandra Lara

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