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Matte Highlighters

Anonymous wondered if I knew any good matte highlighters, as the only ones she can find contain exorbitant amounts of shimmer.

It depends on how much work you want to put into it (shimmer highlights are easy; matte ones, not so much…).  The best, though most time consuming option, is to use a foundation one to two shades lighter than you normal stuff and place it on top of the cheekbones, on the orbital bone, the middle of the forehead, down the bridge of the nose, and on the chin, and just blend, blend, blend like crazy (let me know in the comments if you want me to do a video-tutorial on this!).  This technique is relatively advanced, however, so if you don’t feel that your skills are quite there, try using a pressed powder that’s a bit lighter than your foundation and tapping it onto these areas (although I don’t care for this product, something like MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish Natural would work, or some companies carry blushes in beiges and tans that may work, depending on your skintone).  COTY, which can be found at most major drugstores, also makes a fantastic loose powder (I think it’s the only product that stores actually stock of theirs…), which, if you can find it in shade lighter than your foundation, has the potential to work smashingly for this (as well as being double-duty and absorbing oil like a pro).

I really don’t care for shimmer highlighters either, and often just use the cream foundation in different shades method (which can also be done with liquids), but NARS makes a lovely shade of blush called “Albatross” that’s a sheer, golden highlight color whose shimmer is so finely milled that it produces a gorgeous sheen if applied sparingly.  I tap a bit onto a fan brush and just barely pat it onto the areas that I want to highlight, and it’s just stunning.  Give it a try if the above options don’t appeal, and lemme know how whatever you choose works out!


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