And Other Gorgeous Radiant Fx Makeup
Luminizer, highlighter, glitter, and shimmer makeup are generally designed to heighten the color effects on your face. They can emphasize dimension, produce radiance, illuminate, shine and even sparkle. Generally they tend to favor more bold, dramatic, and/or glamorous makeup styles.
How do these effects work?
This type of makeup comes with varying degrees of light reflecting properties and can produce a range of effects from a subtle glow to sparkling.
Shimmer makeup comes in a wide range of formats too; liquid, powder, cream and even shaker dispensers.
Here are a few product examples to help you understand more specifically what makeup tasks they can perform. Even if you love more natural looking makeup styles, these can still be helpful to you. In particular the luminizing products can really play up natural, dewy looking complexions.
Below the products are listed into four sub groups and start with the most subtle effects to the highest dramatic impact.
Low key style-acts to brighten complexions, even skin tones, create glow and deliver flawless radiance.
Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer will create a soft luminous glow to the skin. (shown).
Benefit High Beam creates an ethereal angel like glow (also comes in Moon Beam).
Guerlain Meteorites Pearls "employ the technology of white light which is used in photography and film to erase imperfections and soften features. A constellation of 6 multi-colored pearls blend together for a flawless, radiant complexion."
Shimmer most often contains light reflecting particles to create low key 'sparkle.
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick comes in a pressed powder format with five rows of gorgeous shimmering hues. Rose (shown left) creates a soft, rosy glow. Other shades include Pink Quartz, Bronze, Nectar, and Beige.
Highlighter increases drama in the dimensional design element of makeup. It is meant to catch and reflect light wherever placed i.e. brow bone, cheek bone etc.
Nars Highlighting Blush
. This blush helps generate that sculpted three dimensional effect when layered with other color or it can be worn on its own for a softer effect. The soft shimmering color will add instant
radiance to any complexion, and may be used on the face and body."
NARS The Multiple Multipurpose Stick (Cream To Powder Formulation) Can generate beautiful sculpting effects to the face; cheek bones, brow bones etc. ; *"unique, creamy formula blends effortlessly to provide sheer color for creating shimmering accents, contours or dynamic highlights on all skin tones. Creates perfect, glowing complexions..."
High impact-intends to bring glamour to makeup style.
Make Up For Ever Glitter "...lightweight, fine particles of bright light add glamour to any type of makeup - on the face or body. A little bit goes a long way. Just pat on the skin with a wet brush for a long-lasting effect."
Last word on highlight, illuminizing and shimmer makeup...
Application: There really are no 'rules' per say when it comes to shimmer makeup...really more a matter of comfort zone and personal style. It is best to follow individual product directions. If there is no application tool, use clean fingers and apply in small amounts at a time.
One more thing, when it comes to glitter and shimmer makeup, experimenting prior to a big night out is always a good idea.