Sunday, November 12, 2006

Highlighting with Luminizing Powder

Duwop Ice, limited edition, ($18)-Transparent pearl shimmer powder. The silvery pink hues in ICE can help even out the skin tone, hide imperfections, and illuminate the skin.

Clarins Forever Diamonds ($28)- Subtle shimmer in sheer golden tan. Lightweight, silky powder with a soft, natural finish.

Clinique 'Shimmering Tones' Powder ($28.50)- Radiant blend of shimmering pink chocolate tones. Can be used separately as eyeshadows.

There’s so many different luminizers out there, it’s hard to choose just one. Luminizers can diffuse light to make skin look softer and younger and add shimmer to highlight certain areas of the face. Besides making you sparkle, luminizers are largely made of ground minerals (mica, iron oxide, carmine) and like everyone’s beloved mineral foundations, it won’t clog your pores. However, be careful what you mix it with, something containing mineral oil could indeed clog pores and cause you to break out. Luminizers are available in a wide array of shades: white shimmer, golden shimmer and pink shimmer are among the most popular. But how do you know which one to use? That’s a good question. I suppose it all depends on your taste and complexion. In general, it doesn’t really matter because these powders are flattering on everyone. I would save the white shimmer for paler girls and the pink for darker skin, but anyone can use the gold. Use a very light hand and a large, fluffy brush to apply to the high planes of your face- the bridge of your nose, upper cheekbones, forehead and chin. If you have a wide nose, try using a small brush to draw a line down the center of your nose, this will create the illusion of it being thinner. Just remember to keep everything else on your face matte, you don’t want your face to be as shiny as a disco ball.

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