How To... Use Luminizer, Part Two

A while back I extolled the virtues of luminizer and described several ways in which it can (and should) be used to highlight various parts of your beautiful face. Click here for a quick review.

But, did you know that luminizer can be used below the chin as well? Here's how...

- Show off those killer collar bones by dabbing some highlighter just on the contour of the bone and gently blending it in. Even if your clavicles aren't terribly prominent, luminizer grabs light, resulting in a more defined appearance. A touch of shimmer on the shoulders at night can also be a nice touch. Add some golden glimmer with the help of Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer ($22).

- If wearing a more revealing dress, use luminizer to really step up your neckline. Dot a small amount of liquid or powder shimmer near the top and and then gently blend right down into the cleavage area. The trick here is subtlety; you aren't lighting a path to land airplanes. Try a light dusting of these budget-friendly products: POP Beauty Face Cake, Glow and Highlight ($10) or L'Oreal Paris Illuminiating Highlighter ($7).

- Anyone who has ever seen the Victoria Secret Fashion Show has seen this trick in full force. Strategic placement of a strip of luminizer down the front of the leg (or middle of the arm) can give the illusion of your limbs being slimmer, longer and leaner. You thought those VS models were just genetic freaks, little did you know that it's really the shimmer powder that makes them look so unbelievable. Kidding, kidding. But, if you want to try to recreate that signature VS look, try Give Me The Shimmers Shimmering Body Powder ($28) or Clinique Up-Lighting Liquid Illuminator ($22).

Hopefully this has provided some inspiration on how to use this incredibly versatile and useful product. It's amazing what just a touch of shimmer will do to light up your look.



Velvet said...

Thanks for the tips! I've always wondered how to "exactly" apply these kind of products. I'm now ready to try some "luminizer!

March 27, 2009 at 9:37 PM
Kyl said...

Hey Velvet,
Awesome! Let me know how it works out for you!

March 28, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Anii-taku said...

Can I ask a question..?
You said in your previous post that "These products can typically be applied over other products like foundation, powder or blush, but because of their luminescence, they don't look caked or heavy."

With these being said, can I apply Luminizer/highlighter over BB creams? Thanks in advance~

July 18, 2010 at 10:17 PM
Kyl said...

Hi Anii-taku:

Do you mean BB cream blush (a.k.a. pot rouge)? Typically cream blushes provide a more dewy look than powder and so adding extra luminizer would be pretty optional. That being said, a good idea is to put the blush on the apples of the cheek and then place the luminizer right on top of the cheek bones. That way, you can add some color to your cheeks while remaining fresh and glowing.

Good luck!
July 22, 2010 at 8:36 PM

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