What is Highlighter Makeup and why use it - How to choose the shade and texture that's right for you?


Highlighter is a makeup product that comes in a range of formulas including liquid, cream, and powder, with a purpose to bring forward and illuminate the high points of the face. Doing so adds a healthy, radiant glow to the skin, and brings dimension to the face. You do not need to wear foundation to achieve a highlighted complexion; it simply comes down to your choice of product and formula.

Choosing and applying highlighter can be summarised in three steps:


STEP# 1: Choose Your Formula: Liquid, Cream, or Powder Highlighter

To achieve the ultimate in flawless radiance, choose a highlighter formula that is best suited to your skin type. For dry or dehydrated skin, a liquid highlighter such as the Touche Éclat Radiance Pen. With nearly three decades of success, this highlighter pen truly brings magical light to the complexion, in addition to added coverage – think eight hours of sleep at the click of a pen.

Moving into combination skin types or those looking to achieve a dewier radiance, then it is recommended to try a cream highlight such as the Touche Éclat Shimmer Stick. Unlike the Radiance Pen, the Shimmer Stick highlighter doesn’t offer skin coverage, however it does offer iridescent hues of flawless dimension and shimmer, giving the perfect glow.

And finally, with skin on the oilier side, opt for a powder highlighter such as the Couture Highlighter for a sun kissed shimmer minus the shine. Apply dry for a subtle daily glow or boost the intensity for a bolder reflection by applying the product wet.

STEP #2: Pick a Shade: How to Pick a Highlighter Colour

When you are on a glow hunt, choosing the correct highlighter shade can seem tricky. For a natural-looking finish, choose a highlighter that is two shades lighter than your natural skin tone. If the undertone of your skin is rose gold and transmits cooler tones, you will want to look for a highlighter colour that also reflects this in its undertone. If the undertone of your skin is golden olive and transmits a warmer undertone, you will want a highlighter to match this. Alternatively, you can choose a shade that is neutral as this will provide a harmonious effect against both skin tones.

STEP #3 Application & Tools: Where and How to Apply Highlighter

Application of your highlighter is dependent on its texture, how you want it to appear on the skin, and whether you want to create dimension. The most common areas to apply highlighter are to the high points of your face – cheekbones, brow bones and cupid’s bow, adding definition and structure to your makeup look. Liquid and cream formulas are best applied and blended with the warmth of your fingertips, as this helps to melt and diffuse the product, giving the highlighter a skin-like finish. If you would like to add an all-over glow, simply mix the highlighter with your foundation and buff it in using a brush like our Foundation Blending Brush No 2.

Powder highlighters are best applied using a brush due to the formula and consistency of the product. For a precise application, apply the highlighter with an eyeshadow blending brush such as the Long Eyeshadow Blender Brush No 12 using light sweeping motions. To add extra dimension, intensify your powder highlighter, and create a dewy effect, spray the highlighter on your brush with the Top Secrets Setting Spray and lightly sweep over the high points of your face.

  • What is Concealer Makeup and why use it - How to choose your shade and finish?

  • Concealer is a versatile makeup product used on the face for various purposes. Commonly used to cover up and correct the under-eye area, and conceal areas of concern such as breakouts, pigmentation and discolouration, the concealer is truly a makeup staple.

  • STEP #1: Choose Your Finish: Matte or Radiant

  • When selecting your ideal concealer, it is important that you decide what finish will best suit your needs. If you need a concealer for dry skin, you will want to look for a formula that hydrates and adds a natural radiance to the skin such as the Touche Éclat High Cover Pen. 

  • Adversely, if you require a concealer for oily skin, you’ll be looking for a formula with a matte finish such as the  All Hours Concealer. This product also makes a great choice for covering blemishes, as it is a non-comedogenic full coverage concealer, meaning it will not clog pores or cause irritation to breakouts.

  • STEP #2 Pick a Shade: How to Pick a Concealer Colour

  • Selecting the right concealer colour can seem tricky, however our shade categorisation into Light, Medium and Deep is a great place to start. There is no right or wrong; it really comes down to what you want to achieve and what you are comfortable wearing. Opt for a shade brighter than your skin tone to illuminate the under-eye area, or the perfect match to your skin tone for camouflaging areas of concern, to find your complexion’s new best friend in the YSL family of shades.

  • Step #3 Application & Tools: Where and How to Apply Concealer

  • Where you apply your concealer is totally up to you and what you’re looking to ‘conceal’. Common areas of application are under-eyes and lower forehead, as well as any areas of redness, discolouration, and breakouts. Concealer can be applied both before and after foundation, however for maximised concentration and coverage it is recommended to apply it after foundation so that your concealer can stay intact without being moved around by your foundation brush.

  • Concealers with a built-in applicator, like the High Cover Pen and All Hours Concealers, allow you to control how much product you’re adding to the skin, as well as precision in where you wish to concentrate your coverage. For the most natural finish of this product, use your fingertips to flawlessly blend the concealer into your skin, or use Concealer Brush No 6 for a more precise and streak-free coverage.


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