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Like most things in the beauty realm, a new trend can quickly replace what was once de rigueur. While still a useful technique to know, contouring can be a challenge for some and without a light or trained hand, can look ‘stripy’ or severe. You would first need to choose the right texture for your skin type (cream or powder), find the right shade for your skin tone (not too orange with just enough taupe), apply using the reverse-E technique, and, finally, blend with the right brush (synthetics for creams). For the time-strapped, highlighting may be a good option. Just for the holidays, Guerlain recently released the limited edition Météorites Powder For The Face and Décolleté.
If you are a fan of Guerlain’s Météorites line of illuminating powder pearls, the new Météorites powder has the same violet fragrance and micro particles for a sheer, non-glittery look. The new Météorites has less pigment than the regular Météorites line, making application foolproof and suits most skin tones.
If you prefer an illuminator in liquid form, Le Blanc de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base can be applied under or over foundation using your ring finger, beautyblender, or MAC 188 Small Duo Fibre face brush. If you prefer an ecofriendly option, the Alima Pure Highlighter is a great choice. The Dolce color is similar in finish to the Becca Champagne Pop highlighter. You can use a fan or other large brush to apply—the denser the brush, the more intense the finish. Both Le Blanc de Chanel and Alima Pure Highlighter are buildable and easy to layer.
And finally, all the ‘usuals’ apply: illuminating for everyday and intense highlighting for stage or your Instagram feed for that strobing effect.
*At the time of this writing, Guerlain’s Météorites Illuminating Powder is out of stock at Sephora, so you may need to go to the Guerlain counter at your local Saks to get it.