We have all lusted after the perfectly dewy complexion that seems impossible to achieve. But I have found a cosmetic secret for us all that will make your skin glow. The key is purchasing the right luminizer. My personal favorite is High Beam by Benefit cosmetics. I received mine in a gift box from Sephora. Could you really go wrong with a product that is nicknamed ‘supermodel in a bottle?’ The bottle only costs $26 and could easily last you 8 months or more since it is a special occasion item.
When applying High Beam, do not put the brush directly to your skin. First wash your hands, dab the brush on the back of your hand, and then use a finger to lightly dab it onto the areas you want to highlight. If you directly use the brush, you risk contaminating the entire bottle which leads to breakouts. If it comes on to strong, use a make up sponge or foundation brush to help blend.
*Image Courtesy of Sephora.com
In this image you can see the Benefit High Beam on my cheekbone under the area of my eye. To contour your face add highlight above your cheekbone, down the bridge of your nose, and above your lips. High Beam looks great above lips due to the pinky color. It will give you more of a pout and make your lips appear larger. It will soften your overall face and make you appear more awake.
Another great luminizer is Albatross by Nars Cosmetics. It comes in a makeup compact and is in a powder form. Use this type of luminizer when applying it to your inner eye. A liquid luminizer can run, and you really do not want that to get in your eye. I also find it works better for applying under the brow line. Albatross is more golden and less pinky than High Beam. Try to find a luminizer with a golden base if you have a warm skin tone.
Here is a quick way to decide if you have a warm or cool skin tone. Look at the veins on your wrist, if they appear blue you have a cool skin tone, and if they are green then you have a warm skin tone. This can be hard to see sometimes, but works in most cases.
You can also see how High Beam looks in the images of me from my Little White Dress article.