How to: Use an Illuminator Correctly and Glow Like Never Before
Tue, 11 December 2012 4:03PM
Some cosmetics need to come with a 77-page manual tacked their backside, right? But those pretty little tubes and tubs can only house so many instructions, and who’s looking at the fine print when the pretty palette inside is so darn distracting?
For me, illuminators are such cosmetics. They are shiny and bright and oh-so-alluring, but mastering their use sends me into a right spin.
But what-the-heckle? Summer is not even two weeks old and already ladies from the Gold Coast to Geelong, along with Hilary Duff, are luminous and lovely, which has inspired me to finally perfect the illuminator, pronto.
I’ve done some investigative research, read the labels thrice, spoken with some well-versed beauty colleagues and feel I can finally shed some light on how to use illuminators.
Allow me to share…
Illuminators can be used to contour areas such as cheekbones, cleavages, and brow-bones as they play off light. When light hits a brighter surface it gives it depth, so stick or pen illuminators are best for this precise placement.
An illuminator is not a foundation. Covering your entire face with it will only have you mistaken for a Christmas bauble. Instead, it’s a complementary product to your base, so start with your normal tinted moisturizer or foundation. Then look into the mirror and where light hits, is where you want to accentuate glow and highlight. This is generally under the brow bone – to define the arch, subtly on top of the cheekbone to enhance the sharpness and down the bridge of the nose.
Always blend well. A good illuminator is one with no start or finish.
Always have an illuminator colour-matched at counter. It shouldn’t be the exact same shade as your base, or it will disappear entirely. And it definitely should not be darker, as you are creating a highlight, not a shading effect. Go for pinker tones. As a general rule soft pink or light gold colours work for most.
The right match should disappear into your base and skin, leaving only a hint of luminosity when it catches the light. If you have oily skin and feel this only highlights the problem, try using a translucent powder over the top so the light still gets through, but is not as shiny.
If, however, you are just looking to get a golden glow, a powder, cream or liquid variety of illuminator is best. To use these correctly, mix with a moisturizer to diffuse.
Illuminate your world with these bright buys:
- Benefit Girl Meets Pearl, $53, department stores
- ModelCo Luminosity Shimmer Stick, $32, ModelCo
- Mememe Angels with Halos, $29.95, MeMeMe
- ck one Color Skin Illuminator, $35, Myer
- ELES Mineral Illuminator, $69.75, ELES
- Nude By Nature Soft Focus Illuminator, $22.95
- Estée Lauder Ideal Light Brush-On-Illuminator, $50, department stores
- Clinique Up-Lighting Liquid Illuminator, $48, Clinique
Do you use an illuminator?
What are your tricks for perfect placement and the best blending?
Posted by: ecb