Until fairly recently, the application tricks of ‘contouring’ make-up were secret, locked in the minds of professional make-up artists. Then came the revolution as the astounding effects of effective highlighting and shading (and how to do it!) were exposed. Now, women seek to find ways to create the ‘perfect’ face shape through make-up application. Along with it came an influx of products into the beauty industry, which promise to do just that.
My use of quotation marks around the word perfect is deliberate. I personally am of the opinion that one face shape is no more ‘perfect’ than another. What I do believe is that certain facial features can be accentuated through contouring, and in particular, through highlighting.
Contouring is an art, and admittedly, we could all spend an hour or so applying our make-up in the morning. Yet, in reality we maybe have 10-15 minutes to spare. So, where to turn when you need a quick fix to create killer cheekbones, pop your pout, or open your eyes?
After accepting an invitation to go along to my local Benefit counter to explore their new product range, this was my agenda. Having long been a fan of Benefit High Beam, a pink-y pearlescent liquid, I was enthused to try ‘Watts Up’.
This champagne coloured ‘soft focus’ highlighter is a dream to apply. It glides on smoothly over (or under) your foundation with a powder finish, and leaves a subtle shimmer in a flattering shade for the summer. Applied directly on to the cheekbone, under the brow bone, along the bridge of the nose or dotted on your cupid’s bow, it offers a dewy glow. The little blender is an added bonus, and provides seamless application – even when you’re in a rush – with no shimmery hands & fingers! My top tip would be to apply it straight after your liquid or cream foundation, and set the face with a little translucent powder before ‘popping’ some powder blush on your cheeks. Incidentally, Benefit offer a fabulous range of these too.
I wanted to show off the effect with an unedited ‘selfie’ – taken in a dark room, with a camera phone (no flash photography). The result shows how powerful this little highlighter can actually be!
If you’re a newbie to contouring, or even a hard-earned pro, this product is definitely worthy of some space within your make-up case.