Cruelty-free highlighting!

At long last, I am posting the companion piece to my cruelty-free sculpting post from many moons ago.  Highlighting is the other aspect of sculpting, adding light to the parts of the face that you’d like to bring forward, as opposed to the sculpting we do to those areas we’d like to recede into the shadows.  Highlighting is probably the more fool-proof of the two techniques (over-zealous glitter notwithstanding), but that also meant I had LOTS more highlighting products to organize!

Once again, here’s a map of the face showing the regions that are typical candidates for highlighting.

Map on back cover of It Cosmetics My Sculpted Face palette
Map on back cover of It Cosmetics My Sculpted Face palette

I don’t necessarily highlight on the daily, but I definitely use this technique more frequently than contouring.  My main areas of interest are the brow bone, the cupid’s bow and the cheek bone.  When I highlight the cheek bone region, I have to take care to keep the highlight under the fine lines around my eyes… not exactly a feature I want to spotlight 😉

Left: No highlight, Right: BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal on cheekbone & Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood on cheek
Left: No highlight, Right: BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal on cheekbone & Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood on cheek

Below, I’ve highlighted, pun intended 😉 the products that I use to highlight, in case you’re looking to add some to your own cruelty-free collection!  I have both high end and drugstore,  powder and cream.  I use them all pretty much interchangeably, depending on my mood, the brilliance of highlight I’m looking for, and the undertone/color palette (opalescent pink, golden, or pearl white).

Powder products

Top: Milani Shimmer Stripes in Pink Shimmer Bottom: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood
Top: Milani Shimmer Stripes in Pink Shimmer
Bottom: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood Light
Top: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light Bottom: Wet n' Wild Reserve Your Cabana
Top: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light
Bottom: Wet n’ Wild Reserve Your Cabana
The Balm Mary Loumanizer
The Balm Mary Loumanizer
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light

Cream products

Top: Ben Nye Media PRO creme highlight in Ultra Light Bottom: ELF All Over Color Stick in Spotlight
Top: Ben Nye Media PRO creme highlight in Ultra Light
Bottom: ELF All Over Color Stick in Spotlight
ELF Studio Radiance Enhancer in Spotlight
ELF Studio Radiance Enhancer in Spotlight
It Cosmetics Hello Light Anti-Aging Creme Luminizer
It Cosmetics Hello Light Anti-Aging Creme Luminizer
Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Lies
Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Lies
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfectors Opal (L) and Pearl (R)
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfectors Opal (L) and Pearl (R)
BECCA SSP Pearl swatch
BECCA SSP Pearl swatch
BECCA SSP Opal swatch
BECCA SSP Opal swatch

Happy highlighting!

*These are only my opinions, formed through my personal experience as a consumer.  I am not a medical doctor, an aesthetician, or a health/beauty professional.  There is no guarantee what effect, positive or negative, these products may have on anyone else.

**All products were purchased by me from brands that, to the best of my knowledge, are cruelty-free.

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