Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Y'all know how much I love my highlighters, right? But to be fair, who doesn't? I'm a huge fan of Phee's Luxe Holo...
Y'all know how much I love my highlighters, right? But to be fair, who doesn't?
I'm a huge fan of Phee's Luxe Holographic Highlighter range, which knocks every other highlighter I've tried out of the park. They're so richly pigmented and leave such a bold, glowy finish I could quite happily and unapologetically rave about them for days - see my review HERE.
But this time, I wanted to try something a little different, and push the boundaries just that little bit further. This time, I wanted to go full on Holosexual Highlighter - and no, autocorrect, I do not mean homosexual - I wanted to go glittery.
The overall look is intended to be pretty simple, with that Holosexual Glitter Highlight doing all the talking, without any real competition from the eyes.
To adhere the glitter to my face, I used something that any self-respecting makeup lover simply needs to have on their person at all times. Yep, my favourite glitter glue: Lit Cosmetics' Clearly Liquid Glitter Base. Forget all other glitter glues, this is the one. It's a clear formula, and if you happen to mistakenly not cover it all up with glitter, there's no need to worry - it's undetectable. To apply, you simply dab the glue onto your cheekbones and up to the temples. Then, you apply your chosen cosmetic glitter(s) using your fingers and just dab it all on.
As for the lips, I also tried something just a little different. Instead of the usual sharp edges we so often see, I wanted something much less harsh. I applied my lipstick as normal, then with the same lipstick I used a brush to smudge around the edges, giving it a soft, airy finish. To round off the look, I applied Lime Crime's Diamond Crusher in Strip on to the cupid's bow and dabbed a little to the middle of the lower lip.
I hope you've noticed a bit of a theme with this makeup look. Aside from being glittery and sparkly, it's also remarkably simple to achieve, and that's what I was going for. Makeup doesn't have to be hard, and it isn't always complicated. There are so many tutorials out there that make it all look pretty intimidating, you need to know so many techniques, have so many different brushes and use all manner of different products.
I met with a friend the other day who found the sheer volume of products used for a simple makeup look to be so intimidating, it just makes people want to give up and not even bother to try. Whilst these tutorials are undoubtedly useful to some, you don't need to follow them all to the letter - use them as inspo!
Personally, I never overdo my base makeup, the focus is mostly on the eyes, lips and sometimes the cheekbones. Makeup is art to me, and these areas of the face are the best canvasses for experimentation, and what I post on my Insta or blog, is what I wear outside too because yolo.
A last talking point before I let you take a look at the snaps, is dark skin. Holographic and iridescent makeup looks amazing on our skin tones. And this is a point that I really need to make, because the internet is awash with makeup brands who advocate the whole mermaid/unicorn look, but exclusively feature white girls. Don't get me wrong, it looks great on white girls too, but the way iridescence makeup just pops on darker skin tones is simply incredible. So don't let those brands put you off, or make you feel like it won't suit you. Just look at the photos below, and you'll see just how much it really, really will.
|| FACE ||
Illamasqua Skin Base - 10 (Olive, yellow undertone)
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer - Ginger
Make Up Forever Full Cover Camouflage Cream - #8 Beige
Makeup Revolution Luxury Banana Powder
Make Up Forever Ultra HD Loose Powder
|| BROWS ||
NYX Tame and Frame Tinted Brow Pomade - Espresso
|| CHEEKS ||
Sleek Face Contour Kit - Light
MAC Powder Blush - Gingerly
Lit Cosmetics Clearly Liquid Glitter Base
Lime Crime Zodiac Glitter - Virgo
Stargazer Holo Glitter Shaker
Unbranded Chunky Loose Cosmetic Glitter
|| EYES ||
Lime Crime Diamond Crushers - Strip (lid) & Trip (inner corner)
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow - Carnival (lower lashline)
Doll Lash - Stephanie
Dior Diorshow Mascara - Black
|| LIPS ||
Barry M Lip Liner - Dark Pink
Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick - Video Star
Lime Crime Diamond Crushers - Strip