Note on brushes: When it comes to applying the High-Light Powders, less is more.
“Most people I find are heavy handed when they’re doing their own makeup,” says Fatima. “They tend to pick up way too much product, and then they over-apply and don’t blend.” Fatima suggests applying these powders with very soft, fluffy brush heads like the MAC 168, 224 and 225, which deposit very little color, helping you avoid the over-application trap.“You have to work really hard to overload these brushes. They allow you to get a softer, blended effect with less effort.”
Fair-skinned beauties: Wear MAC High-Light Powder as a bronzer
“If you’ve ever seen somebody that’s really fair using an orangey bronzer,” says Fatima, “you know what a hot mess that can turn out to be.”Fatima thinks pale beauties should try using the MAC Naked Honey High-Light Powders as bronzers to add dimension to their skin and to sculpt the face. nlike other bronzers, both the Honey Light and Golden Nectar colors have olive undertones, which look natural on even the lightest shades of skin.
Brush recommendation MAC 168When applying the MAC Naked Honey High-Light Powders as a bronzer, Fatima likes the MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush ($32). With soft bristles and a slightly angled brush head, it effortlessly hugs the contours of the cheeks.
Application tips Dust the High-Light Powder along the hair line, back behind the ears and then along the lower jaw line. To finish, sculpt the cheek bones by first placing the brush next to the ear and then sweeping it along the curve beneath the apple of the cheek.
Medium-to-dark-skinned cuties: Wear MAC High-Light Powder as a highlighter
For girls with darker skin tones, Fatima likes using MAC High-Light Powder as a highlighter to brighten the skin, enhance bone structure and to create a sculpted look.
Brush recommendation: MAC 224 or 225She recommends either the MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush ($28) or the MAC 225 Tapered Blending Brush ($36). Both have soft fibers and fluffy brush heads, making them great for the precise application of sheer layers of color.
Application tips Try applying High-Light Powder on the skin where light would naturally bounce/reflect off the face.
Lips: Pat a bit of High-Light Powder atop the divot in the upper lip for a sexy, pouty look.
Nose: Apply High-Light Powder to the bridge of the nose, and avoid applying highlighters of any kind to the ball or the tip of the nose. That’s a sure fire way to make a nose look greasy.
Eyes: A layer of High-Light Powder applied to the browbone, and then applied between the eyes and inside the inner corners of the eyes brightens and opens them up.
Cheek: Sweep High-Light Powder on top of the cheek bones for a sculpted and look and to lift the cheeks.