Highlighter 101

I have always been a huge fan of that perfect highlight. It is by far my favorite detail to finish off each look. Just a hint of glow can add life to any look. My highlight collection is always growing with new radiant, gleaming, and shimmering products that I cant wait to share with you all! If you’re hoping to give your skin a radiance boost and emphasize certain features, than this is one gem you need to pick up! See some of my faves below and lots more tips…

Wearing here: NARS “Albatross” {cult favorite}

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  1. Eyes: This is my favorite area to highlight! Applying a tiny dab of highlighter in the inner corners of the eyes will open up the eye area and can help you look more awake.
  2. Cheeks and temples: Use a fan brush to apply highlighter along the tops of your cheekbones, up toward the temple and then along the brow bone. Check out my favorite fan brush HERE
  3. Nose and forehead: Apply a strip of highlighter in the center of the nose, from between the eyes to the tip of the nose to elongate and slim the natural size of the nose.
  4. Mouth: Using highlighter on the cupid’s bow makes the pout look a lot bigger than it really is!

Extra! Extra! Highlighting tips…

  • Not all highlighters fit all. To pick out the right shade for your skin tone, you must know your undertones. I suggest more golden/bronze tones for darker skin. For lighter skin I suggest more yellow/pearl tones.
  • If you don’t have a highlighter, improvise! A pearl or gold shimmer shadow will do!
  • There are many types of highlighters: Illuminizers– which are usually gel or liquid | Loose highlight: shimmer loose powder that usually is more natural than pressed. | Pressed Highlight: usually the most highlighted/glowing of all. |
  • Highlight Product draws light to certain areas of the face, creating a contoured effect (bringing out light and shadows on your face). Highlighter is also great for changing the appearance of certain features, for example, making the nose appear straighter or the lips appear bigger.

Sparkling Favorites:

 

Gold makes everything better…

Good Morning Sweeties! 

Today I have a tutorial from a look that I did for an event in LA. I love super glamorous dark eyeshadow when I am going out on the town, I feel like it really makes the eyes look smoldering and sexy! Eyeliner can change a look from day to night like that. I also love adding a pop of gold shimmer to the eyes to dress them up and make my brown eyes stand out! I recently went and picked up a few products from the new MAC Alluring Aquatics collection and I fell in love instantley! My favorites are the lipglass’s and lipsticks! I will do a bigger review on these soon, be sure to check out he new Osbourne collection at MAC before it sells out also! XOX

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Products Used:

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Welcome to the new KC!

Hello Darlings!
Thank you so much for your patience the past two weeks while my site was under construction! I hope you all enjoy the new design and that it is much easier for you to navigate around! I was lucky enough to work with some amazing people in order to create it! I will be posting much more often now and delivering a lot more product reviews! If you have any requests on what you would like to learn or see on the new Kissable Complexions, please comment below!  Today I am going to list how I got this extra GLOWING skin! I feel like dewy, glowy, shimmering skin is on everyones wanted list right now, below I have listed my favorite way to achieve this look!

Photos taken by: CamillaPhotography.com / Wardrobe by: TheFashionFuse.com / Location: My Dear Lizzie / Hair & MU: KC

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CAUTION: This look may cause serious blindness to all those around you! Glow on…

1. Start with a clean, fresh face! I like to do a light masque in the morning so that my skin feels refreshed and super smooth for my makeup application! I use Skin Ceuticals B5 Masque 20 min before application. Do not apply a moisturizer to the skin, this will only make your glow skin look like oily skin.

2. Apply a smoothing primer! My favorite primer at the moment is Salma Hayek Nuance Smooth Start . I give this product a 7 out of 10. It really hides the pores on the nose and gives a perfecting look to the skin before foundation application. Apply a pea size amount to the entire T-zone.

3. Now it is time to start the makeup! My first trick to creating a “Dewy” look to the skin is mixing a dime size amount of foundation with a dime size amount of liquid highlighter. I like to use the NYX “Gleam” Illuminator. This illuminator has a champagne colored shimmer to it, perfect for every skin tone. You can find it at Ulta or online. {7-10$}

  • The foundation I used for this look is a new favorite: Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged in “42” ($48) – This foundation is great for this look because it has a very creamy consistency. I would suggest it for those that do not suffer from sensitive-skin for it is fragranced pretty strongly. It gives a full coverage look to the skin and looks very smooth when applied. Mix your illuminator and foundation together on the back of your hand and apply. I used my beauty blender and pressed it into my skin, and down my neck until I got a medium-full coverage look.
  • The concealer is next, I used a new product to my collection: Hourglass Hidden Corrective in “Natural” {$40}. The great thing about this product is that it comes in a stick form, so it is really easy to apply it straight under the eyes, down the center of nose, on the chin. Use the Beauty Blender to blend it in.
  • The Powder I used for this look was an illuminating powder to enhance that glow even more: Cover FX “medium” – lightly dust this all onto the skin by pressing your brush lightly so that you are not buffing it into the skin.
  • Blush is an important step to creating the perfect glow as well, I like to use a shimmer blush: Frankie Rose “Venetian Rose” – This is a shimmer pink/berry blush, apply directly to apples of cheeks and sweep upwards.
  • Contour with a matte bronzer so that your entire face is not sparkling- I like to use : Anastasia Contour kit in “Havana” to hollow out my cheekbones, forehead, and define my nose and jawline. I like to use the Japonesque contour brush, It is perfcectly shaped for this part. 
  • Extra highlight: Lastly with a DRY Beauty Blender I like to press some extra liquid illuminator onto the cheeks- I am in a love affair with Whitening Lightening’s BB Plus Illuminator – this takes highlighting to a whole other level. Dip the end into a small amount and press with the butt of the blender into the highest part of your cheekbones very lightly. ** You can apply liquid after powder if you do it with a light hand.
  • Spray your face with Evian spray or a finishing spray to add that extra amount of moisture and your look is complete!!

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Whats your favorite way to shine?

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Product Spotlight: Milani Baked Bronzers

If you haven’t tried Milani’s collection of baked bronzers, you are missing out.
For me, baked bronzers always seem to work best as they have a fair bit of shimmer to them and aren’t as matte and muddy as a press formula. Milani carries these beautiful bronzing powders that feature a mélange infusion of colors that were baked on Italian terracota tiles. Easy to use, and smooth in texture,  these bronzers become extraordinarily luminous and give a light glow when applied. These hi-tech, streak free and marbalized bronzers give a perfect radiant look for all skin types and you can even use them wet for more intensity if you wish! 
Add these to your collection today! 

Enjoy


Glow is a very light bronzer that gives the perfect amount of sun kissed shine. I love to contour with this powder because it is not too shimmery and is really easy to blend! I love to use Glow for an all over face and neck bronzer as well. Whenever I get a spray tan I always leave my face a bit lighter than my body, so this is a great neutral shade that can be worn everywhere! Buy HERE

Soleil is a very deep brown bronzer with a swirl of golden shimmer, great for those with more “cool” skin tone. You want to stay away from any mahogany/orange toned bronzer when you are so light and fair. This bronzer is highly pigmented so a little goes a long way. Use a very light hand when applying. This is a great cheekbone bronzer. Buy HERE
Golden explains it all in the name, it really is a “gold” bronzer. It has hints of copper and mahogany swirl. This is my favorite out of all three. It is a dark bronzer and is great for those with a very “warm” tone to their skin. Great on deep dark skin tones also. It has a good shimmer effect so no need for a lot of highlighter! Buy HERE
You may want to track down a blush brush to apply these (or other) bronzers if you don’t have one yet. There are lots of different bronzer brush options, like kabukis, powder brushes, angled brushes and more. The angles of a blush brush allow you to more precisely define the hollows and curves of the face. Try Benefit Slant Brush for a perfected application!
There are a lot of ways to mess up makeup these days. Like the wrong colored foundation or overly pink cheeks, but the worst of all has to be the misuse of bronzer.
 Don’t make the same mistakes as Lindsey…


Happy Weekend! 
XOX