Magic of Highlight Brushes: Instagrammable Party look tip

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Now that the end of 2017 is finally closing in, comes the many chances where you meet a lot of people in the events and gathering. To enjoy and make the most out of the occasion, step a little out of your usual conform zone and try new clothes, hairdo and makeup to shine in the crowd or have a more luminescent presence on Instagram or Facebook feed!
While the pretty new dresses and fancy hair does attract people, what really helps you to better present yourself to be more attractive is a little makeup tip and trick.
The trick is to capture the light and shadow with your makeup.

Article content

1. Contouring: Contour and Highlight basic
2. How to Create Hollywood style vibrant party look
What you need
Where to apply highlighter
Recommended Highlighter brush for contouring and highlight
3. Extra Beauty tip: Highlighting your body parts

1. Contouring: Contour and Highlight basic

Free A girl 2 Stock Photo Evan Welsch

As the name suggests, it is all about giving your face a highlight and shine where it should be. Did you know that there are dozens of lighting equipment at the studio to capture a perfect image of the actor or actress’s face?
While we don’t have access to lighting equipment or staff to cast perfect lighting on our face all the time, we can easily recreate that look with highlighter makeup. I’ve listed

(1) Makes your facial feature stand out, by giving it light and shade.
(2) Makes you look younger by covering the spots and freckles.
(3) Gives vibrant, healthy impression.
(4) Done right, it will give you Photoshop-perfect look from a magazine!

Okay, so you’re anxious to get started now. But before we proceed, let’s check out two types of products. There are cream or liquid type highlighter, which works great on a small area, while may not be ideal for a larger area like cheek and forehead. The powder type is the most useful and versatile, as it can be used by beginners as well as professional makeup artists. It can create seamless gradation for a natural look.

2. How to recreate Hollywood style vibrant party look

What you need

Good contouring/highlighting products
Concealer: one or two shade lighter than your skin. Powder type is ideal.
Liquid highlighter (optional)
Good quality makeup brush:
Big, fluffy highlight brush/powder brush to work on broad area
Eyeshadow brush to work on details. (optional)

The step 1-3 is essentials, and the step 4 is optional. Use the color that’s 1 or 2 steps brighter than your face, and apply little by little on the spots in the picture.

Where to apply highlighter; 3 steps guide

#1 The T-zone Highlight

the t-shaped zone above your eyebrows and center of your nose.

Highlights should be applied to create more definition on your face, and the T-shaped area above your eyebrow and center of your nose is the most important part of adding highlights when contouring.
*Be careful not to make a broad line on your nose as it would make your nose look bigger and unappealing.

#2 Under the eye/top of the cheek

Under the eye and upper half of your cheekbone
Under the eye and upper half of your cheekbone

This is a very important part of the face, cause it would draw attention to the eye, and brightening up this area will make you look younger and active. As we get older, It will be important to cover this area to hide wrinkles and dark circles under the eye.
Just look at the picture of your favorite actress, and study which part of the face looks brighter than the other.

#3 Center of the chin, center of eyebrow and side of nose

To even things out with the upper side of the face, just take a small portion of the highlight shade and apply it on the top of the chin.
Extra spots: between eyebrow and eye & the Inner corner of eyes
This step is optional, but if you’d like to go the extra mile and make your makeup look flawless, it worth a try! Just use a small brush and carefully apply the highlighter shade a little by little.





After applying the highlight shade as depicted in above steps, take a clean brush and buff off any unnecessary product off the face and blur any visible edge, to make it as natural as possible.

Recommended brushes for contouring and highlight

Chikuhodo Z-3 Contour Brush: $33

Chikuhodo Z-3 Countour Brush, Z Series
Contour brush from Chikuhodo’s popular Z-Series!

Highlighting and contour brush from the Z-Series, the most popular series of Chikuhodo. The flat, densely packed bristle of this contour brush will make contouring easier than ever. Easy to get the constant result every time. Designed by the master brush maker, Tesshu Takemori, the founder of CHIKUHODO.

Chikuhodo Z-2 Highlight brush: $61 #Best seller

Chikuhodo_z-2_highlight brush
Z-series uses the softest, fluffy natural hair for the bristle.

Made out of the highest grade natural hair, this makeup brush by Chikuhodo will give your skin a heavenly touch. The pointed tip of the bristle will give you perfect control on where to apply your highlight, no matter how thin or broad the line is. Its volume let you flawlessly blend as well. The all-time best seller of the highlight brush!

Koyudo BP026 Angled Highlighter Brush, BP High Class Series
The best selling highlighting brush produced by Koyudo. The angled bristle gives you great freedom to work on every stage of highlighting!

Koyudo BP026 Highlighter brush: $26
The angled head works best as a contouring brush. Fluffy and small, this very agile brush is the most popular highlighting brush made by Koyudo, a makeup brush company located in Kumano, Hiroshima.

T-5 Highlight Brush. T stand for “Takumi”, which means “master artisan” in Japanese.

Chikuhodo T-5 Highlight Brush: $44 
Slightly thicker and richer in volume compared to the Z-2 highlighting brush. Distinctive white bristle is made of the highest grade natural Goat hair. Created to make the most natural gradation.

Find out more quality Japanese makeup brushes on our site

3. Extra beauty tip: Highlighting your body parts

roxana stan Free model 4 Stock PhotoDid you know that highlight product can be worn not only on the face but on body parts as well? You may have seen it on your Instagram feed, but applying glittering highlight is the best way to shine your way into the party scene.

Highlighter or illuminator with glitter will be your best friend on this journey. But be careful when applying the highlight to your body; Your face and the body should glow equally, one shouldn’t out-shine another. Remember, it is easy to add later on, but very hard to go one step back and remove what you already have applied. Let’s see how you can turn your self from ordinary girl to Illuminated goddess in the step below.


If you’re going to wear a dress that shows off your sexy shoulder, make it draw more attention by highlighting the high points of the shoulder, where the light would naturally hit and shine.


Gently place a very thin line of highlighter following the natural protrusion of the bone. The trick is to apply only on the top of the natural shape of the bone, and to give it more enhanced, structured look.

Line front/back of the arms & legs

Afonso Lima Free Leg Show Stock Photo

draw a thin line on your arms and legs, depending on your dress. This will make your limbs look slimmer, stylish and healthy. Depending on your skin tone, shimmering gold or silver pigment is especially great for legs.

Recommended brush for highlighting your body

Koyudo H014 Heart Powder Blush Brush

Koyudo H014 Powder & Blush Brush
Koyudo’s Heart shaped pink Powder & Blush Brush

Very recognizable heart-shaped brush from Koyudo. The shape of the bristle fits the natural curve of the body, and give you satisfying result with just one stroke.

Koyudo Flower series

Written by Namiko Fujiyama
Translated by Hiro Kano

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