The Trick to a Good Highlight

   A few of my favorite highlighters

 

A few of my favorite highlighters

The trick to highlighting is getting the right formula, choosing the right color, and putting it in the right spot. You can highlight a lot of different areas on the face, but for now, let's talk cheek highlights. 

Step 1: Assess your skin type. Drier skins should stick with creams and liquids as powders may tend to sit up on the surface of your face giving you the dreaded overly powdered look. Combo skins can use either creams or powders, and oily skin types should opt for creams and then set with a finishing powder. (I like #coverfx Matte Powder and #Kett finishing powder.) Otherwise a highlighting powder by itself will mix with the oils in your skin creating a highlighted muddy mess. Any formula you choose should shimmer in sunlight, or if you test it on your hand you should only be able to see shimmer when you move your hand back and forth in the light. Anything with obvious shimmer won't look natural. Cue disco ball face. 

Step 2: Choose a great, natural looking color. Think about it -- the purpose of a highlight is to accentuate the parts of the face where the light hits the angles of our faces and makes us look all radiant and glowy. 

Fair skintones: Select opal (white + pearlescent) or light pink

Medium skintones: Select pink. If you have olive undertones you can head toward gold

Darker skintones: #whurdagoldat? Select rose gold for light to medium brown skin, and champagne or topaz gold for deeper brown skin. 

Smashbox Soft Lights (top); Becca Opal (left); Nars Miss Liberty (right) 

Smashbox Soft Lights (top); Becca Opal (left); Nars Miss Liberty (right) 

Step 3: Placement

See that giant brush in the picture at the top? Red herring!! That's for bronzer. 

Highlights should be placed carefully. Use your index finger and tap the bone under your eye socket. It makes a C shape up and around your eye toward your brow. That's where your cheek highlight goes. Use your finger for creams and liquids, tapping and then use a circular motion with two fingers to blend. For powders, use a large fluffy eyeshadow brush like the MAC 225. 

My rec for a one and done brush? The @narcissist Yachiyo. You can use just the tip for highlighting and the bigger sides for blush and bronzer. It is amazing. Perfect application every time. 

Happy highlighting! 

 

How to Wear Shorts and Heels

I am not generally a shorts and heels kinda gal. It can get a little, prosti...

But last Friday I needed something that would transition well from day to, ahem, date night. A day full of errands and appointments meant I needed to stay cool in the heat and still look like I put in a little effort. 

Here's where we landed: 

photo credit @ronnie andren

photo credit @ronnie andren

 

Why It Works: 

These styling tips will keep you firmly in the classy, not trashy, lane.  

1. Mix something tight, short, and/or fitted with something that has volume and a relaxed feel. 

The top is casual and relaxed, while still being fitted enough to keep my shape defined. And the shorts are tailored in shape, but not tight. You want this look to read cool, with a little moxie. Too tight anything in this look and you'll need to lace up your skates for the roller derby. 

Lindsey calls these shorts "leg doilies". Not 100% sure that's a compliment, but I love these! 

Lindsey calls these shorts "leg doilies". Not 100% sure that's a compliment, but I love these! 

2. Use accessories to give the look some edge. You want the vibe to be cool but not cold or standoffish.

Create a V shape with your jewelry to elongate your figure even more while also focusing the attention where it should be. Up toward your lovely face!

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3. Wear a "tough" heel.  

This isn't the time to be tottering around in your pointiest thin-strap stilettos. It'll read vampy, not effortlessly gorg. Your shoes should anchor the look and provide some edge.  Plus, a conical heel or a stacked square heel on a city sandal will help with stability so you can go on about your stylish business without slowing down. 

Let's Put a Wedge Between Us

I’ve been known to swoon over wedges because, ah the wedge, it’s good for so many things. With a wedge you get a little lift and a solid, stable base to stand on from toe to the heel. They come in many heights, from just about flat to sky high. And no matter how high, in a wedge you’ll never be tottering around, hoping your stilettos don't get stuck in the grass. So why not go for some leg-lengthening lift in a platform? 

In any heel height, the wedge is a stylish and comfortable shoe choice for just about any occasion. Just beware that it comes off as more casual than a traditional heel, so it's not the best choice for a conservative work environment or a formal occasion.

Are you wedge obsessed? Which one would you wear?