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Posted in Candy Doll, Jae, MAC, MELLIESH, Mizuki Nishikawa by Jae on January 13, 2011

That’s right!

I received a question recently from Claire about the highlighting of one’s face so I decided that yup, it’s time I made a chart of the areas that I usually highlight on my own face to give you a gauge of what it’s like 😀

Notice that for this tutorial I only marked out the areas to highlight and not to contour – this is because I’ll be doing another tutorial about contouring at a later date.

Today, we are only concentrating on highlighting – contouring will come later.

Ah haha, it’s so big because her face is so cute and small. :3 You may also click on the picture so that it opens in a new window and you can just look at the image alone 😀

On this chart, you’ll see that the areas that I usually highlight have been marked out and the explanations are on the image as well. I’ll now move on to answer some frequently asked questions about highlighting.

Jae! I don’t highlight my face like that!
Well, different people have different preferences as to the areas of their faces they wish to highlight. This face chart is just a guide for how I do my own highlighting. Please do experiment and find out which areas to highlight give you the best effect! 😀

Jae! Why should I highlight my face… There’s not much of a point right?
But there is, dear! You see, when we apply our foundation, it blends into our skin to give us a nice, even finish. And a ‘nice, even finish’ may also mean that our facial definition is pretty much gone, making our face look flat (literally). We need to make our features like our noses, chins and cheekbones “pop” so that we don’t look 2D, so we use highlight powder.

So… What exactly does a highlight powder do?
Because a highlight powder is meant to contain light reflecting particles, when light hits our face, these particles will bounce the light off more – this effectively equates to the places we highlight becoming more prominent to the eyes. It’s an optical illusion. That’s why it’s so important not to overdo highlight powder especially on the nose – One thin strip will do because if one draws a thicker line, the nose will appear larger than it really is.

I’ve heard of some girls highlighting under their eyes, is that true?
Absolutely! 🙂 Remember in my Melliesh Highlight Powder in Clear Lavender review, I said that it works well for that purpose? 😀 That’s because the slight purplish tinge would neutralize the dark circles!

So if I don’t use the Melliesh highlight powder… Will it serve the same purpose for my dark rings?
Well, if you don’t use purple… I don’t suppose that it would ^^||| That’s why we have coloured foundation and the works – in fact, it may serve to highlight the areas that you don’t want people to look at, so I would suggest using a purple tinged powder, dear.

But I’m scared I’ll overdo it…
Haha, easy on the amount of product that you pick up yeah? Cause you can always build it up as you go!

Which brush should I use then?

There is no hard and fast rule as to which brush you should use, but I personally am using the MAC 224SE brush for highlighting my nose bridge and the Shu Uemura 20H Pony for my cheeks.

So if I do apply foundation, I no need to highlight right? =P
^^||| Cheeky girl! Well, if you’re just planning to use loose powder, then I’d say you’d still have to do some highlighting dear! XD

Other than highlighting… Is there anything else I can do to make my face look more 3D?
Most certainly and that would be contouring, which will be covered in separate tutorial.

So there you have it doll! ❤

Let me know if you have any other questions yeah? 😀


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  1. Jess said, on January 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Hi doll,

    I think you made a typo in d last Q&A?

    “Other than highlighting… Is there anything else I can do to make my face look more 3D?
    Most certainly and that would be highlighting, which will be covered in separate tutorial.”

    I suppose u meant contouring instead of highlighting? 🙂

    • Jae said, on January 13, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      Hey Jess!
      XD Yes, I did, thank you so much for pointing that out! 😀

  2. sugar sugar said, on January 13, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Thank you for this post Jae! Will try to layer my cheek color next time. I can’t wait for your contouring tutorial as I don’t know how to contour LOL!

    • Jae said, on January 14, 2011 at 9:06 pm

      Hey Sugar!!!
      You’re most welcome, dear… ❤ hehe, I'll try to get that one up and running soon okay! ❤

  3. robinvalentine♥ said, on January 14, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    omg!! this is so awesome. ❤ thanks for doing it.
    i used to think contouring highlighting..whatever but it really does make a huge difference. 🙂

    • Jae said, on January 15, 2011 at 8:42 am

      Hey sweetheart!!!
      Hehe, it’s my pleasure yo! ❤
      And yes, it does and thank you for visiting, dearie!!! ❤

  4. […] Please note that today’s tutorial will be dedicated solely to contouring, if you’re interested in highlighting, please refer to THIS POST. […]

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