No, seriously, if you and I get J-Renn’s permission to open a spa called “Deep-Tissue Massage by Jeremy Renner” we would make GAZILLIONS. We could even have, like, a rewards card, where you “Book nine deep-tissue massages with J. Renn and get the tenth free!”
It would be almost as rad as these cat lady shoes by Vans…
But I digress…
I’ve been using this technique to get glowing, “you just got a really, really, really great facial at a fancy-schmancy spa” skin with liquid highlighter and a foundation brush lately that I think you might like. It’s like getting an entire spa day in 60 seconds or less.
1. Start with a good liquid highlighter
I use a variety, but my current favorites are the Shimmering Skin Perfectors by BECCA ($41, available in four shades).
BEYOND obsessed with these, for so many reasons. I love the way their pearlescent, natural-with-a-kick finish catches the light, and yet isn’t frosty, so it doesn’t emphasize my fine lines or pores. Because they contain just the right amount of shimmer, they glow without looking oily.
Just as importantly, I love that I can layer them on top of foundation and/or powder without them breaking up or disturbing whatever makeup I may already be wearing.
So, yeah…we’re talkin’ highlighter makeup GOLD.
2. Grab your favorite flat foundation brush
I prefer applying liquid highlighter with flat — ideally clean, because it makes blending easier — brushes, as opposed to other brushes, fingers or sponges, because I just think they apply more evenly. (I like the MAC 190.)
A previously used (also known as grimy) foundation brush will work, too, but the cleaner the better. Even quickly rubbing a brush head across a clean paper towel a few times, if you don’t have time for a proper cleaning, will dislodge some of the built-up product from the bristles.
3. On your mark, get set, PAT!
Now it’s time for the fun part.
After applying your face makeup — in my case, that’s usually primer, foundation or tinted moisturizer, powder, blush and bronzer — load a smidgen of highlighter on the back of your hand.
Dip your foundation brush lightly into the highlighter, then gently work the liquid into the fibers of the brush between your thumb and forefinger. I find that this makes the coverage more even/less patchy.
Now, right on top of whatever other makeup you’re wearing, swipe your brush along a clean portion of your hand to remove some of the excess highlighter, and pat it on your upper cheekbones, in the center of your forehead between your brows and down the bridge of your nose (just like the pic below).
Your liquid highlighter will slightly temper/dial down the powdery effect of whatever makeup you happen to be wearing, while highlighting those areas we targeted, giving you that post-facial glow.
Pat one more layer on if you’d like, but be careful. It’s pretty easy to go overboard (at least for me).
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,