Let it glow: Eight tips for magical make-up
Ideal for warm summer days, it's the right time to embrace subtle blush and shimmer. Katie Wright asks industry pros for their top hints
As a beauty editor, I've been interviewing make-up artists for years, and I'm always keen to find out which of-the-moment beauty trends they're keen to see the back of. Whenever I ask that question, there's one answer I hear far more than any other: contouring.
Contouring has been popularised in recent years by the likes of Kim Kardashian, who started her KKW Beauty empire with cream contour sticks that combined dark and light shades, designed to deliver razor-sharp cheekbones.
"Hollywood has been contouring for decades. Marilyn Monroe's make-up artist used to contour her nose to make it smaller, and Audrey Hepburn contoured her lips quite to make them fuller," says Sisley make-up artist Tania Grier. "The difference is that on the big screen, with clever lighting, we had no idea."
But Lord & Berry ambassador Abbi-Rose Crook warns: "Unless you know where to place the products and blend properly, the shadowing can look obvious in daylight."
Make-up artists say it's time to stop smearing muddy streaks onto your face and instead embrace the gentle art of blush and shimmer.
Here, six beauty experts explain how to enhance your features the subtle way.
1. Brush on bronzer
"We are seeing a shift towards soft contouring, which is the use of a bronzer as opposed to foundations etc. Dr Hauschka Bronzing Powder is a great alternative, giving a translucent bronzed effect while also nourishing the skin," says Karim Sattar, Dr. Hauschka international make-up artist.
Dr Hauschka Bronzing Powder, £24
2. Frame your face
"Blush - the secret weapon of every make up artist - can be used to help women balance their facial features and bring them into harmony," Sattar continues. "Applying an extended brush stroke onto the cheekbones can help to frame the facial features."
Dr Hauschka Blush Duo in Soft Apricot, £21
3. Put away the powder
"Blusher is making its revival this year with new products on the market like gel and jelly blushers, which act as hybrid formulations to melt into the skin," says Vianney Leigh, Models Own head of artistry and product innovation. "These products are best applied with fingers. Choose shades to match your lip colour, which takes the hard work out of deciding what shade will look best for your skin type."
Models Own Glow For It Illuminator Drops in Lit, £7.99
Models Own Throw Shimmer Highlighter Stick in Fierce, £7.99
4. Don't go too low
"For blush, my golden rule is to never have it lower than the nostrils, as it tends to pull the face down rather than lift it," says Rose-Marie Swift, make-up artist and founder of RMS Beauty. "Always apply highlighters to elevated areas of the face and not the end of your nose."
RMS Living Luminizer, £36, Cult Beauty
5. Sculpt with subtlety
"I love to softly sculpt the skin using cream textures," says Jackson. "Using my fingertips, I press the cream blusher onto the apples of the cheek which gives that natural 'flushed' look. Then, using a fluffy brush, I sweep the highlighter along the top of the cheekbone, to capture the light and give the illusion of a model-worthy bone structure."
Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip & Cheek Cream in Petunia, £16
Stila Heaven's Hue Highlighter, £28
6. Choose the right highlight
"Strobing is the new updated version of highlighting, which focuses solely on the highlight to define the face, and not on the contouring," explains Crook. "The cream or liquid products are the best ones and blend seamlessly into the skin. Highlight should have a hint of a sheen and almost be the colour of your skin."
Lord & Berry Cream Blush in Dusty Rose, £22
7. Don't overdo the shimmer
"For highlighting, it's better to enhance the skin than go shimmer crazy," says Grier. "With the heat, stay away from highlighters that are too creamy or oily."
Sisley Phyto-Blush Twist in Glow, £45.50
8. Pick a peach
"For 70% of the time, I veer towards a peachy tone, adapting the shade for the skin tone," Grier adds. "Pinks can go 'hot' on the cheeks if you choose the wrong shade, so look for blushers that have the right mix of each. Your perfect shade will be the one that makes you look healthier than you did before you applied it."
Sisley L'Orchidee Highlighter Blush, £70.50