Colorful highlights are so pretty in photographs. Not that they’re unappealing or lacking in real life, but they tend to be less wearable than our neutral tones. I’ve been loving the glittery pink glow given by Colourpop Cosmetics’ Super Shock Cheek in Over the Moon, so I decided to create a wearable look using this disco-worthy highlighter.
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What I love about this pink highlight is that the base is not pigmented, so any skintone can wear the highlight without worrying about it being too dark or too grey. The highlight really performs when it catches the light because of all of the gorgeous glitter and reflect particles. You will see a spectrum of pink, purple, and blue-white reflects, lending this product a more cool-toned appearance. Because there is no base color, you can layer this over other products and experiment with combining highlights!
My complexion is definitely on the warmer yellow side, so it can be tricky to pull off this cool pink highlight. To blend it into my complexion, I made sure my base was ultra glowy and that I diffused the pink highlight with other warm-toned products.
I mixed the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Liquid foundation with a generous dollop of CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight. After applying and setting my concealer, I immediately went in with Over the Moon on a damp beautyblender. I only applied this to the apples of my cheeks and temples, saving the other highlight areas for a more wearable, less-glittery highlighting product.
Using MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Adored, I blended the peachy-pearl powder into the edges of where I had applied Over the Moon to diffuse the bright pink highlight. Adored is still a cooler-toned pink highlighting product, but it has bits of peach running through it so it picks up warmth. It’s also a much more pearlescent or satin highlight, making it much more softer-looking on the skin.
I then opted for a double-duty bronzer blush shade to add dimension and warmth to my cheeks. MAC blush in Harmony is the perfect brown blush for subtle dimension.
To highlight the center highlight areas (nose, cupids bow, chin), I used the Urban Decay x Kristen Leanne Beauty Beam highlighting palette. These are some of the smoothest, glossiest highlighting powders I’ve ever used, making them perfect for balancing out the glittery glow on my cheeks.
EYES + LIPS
Everything else on my face is rather under-played to keep the focus on the pink highlight. I lightly defined my brows using Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Dark Brown. Using the Tarte Tartelette eyeshadow palette, I added soft brown and cream colored shades just to keep my eyes from looking flat. I used the dark brown shade “multitasker” to create a winged liner. Using dark brown eyeshadows to create a wing gives a much more subtle effect, which is exactly what I intend to do here.
After coating my lashes with Too Faced Better Than Sex, I lined my lips using Tarte Tarteist lipliner in Latergram. This is a nice, warm, peachy color that is both understated and complementary to the rest of the face. I topped my lips with a coat of NARS Lip Gloss in Chelsea Girls.
What do you think of this look? I enjoy how the highlight looks — this would be such a fun look to wear to an outdoor event because the sunlight would really make the glitter reflects in the pink highlight dance.
How would you make a colorful highlight more wearable?
Colourpop Cosmetics Super Shock Cheek in Over the Moon ($8, Colourpop.com)
Makeup Forever Ultra HD Liquid Foundation in Y365 ($43, Sephora.com)
CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight ($42, Sephora.com)
beautyblender chill ($20, Sephora.com)
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Adored ($34, Nordstrom.com)
MAC Blush in Harmony ($24, Nordstrom.com)
Urban Decay x Kristen Leanne Beauty Beam Highlighting Palette ($35 Original, $17.50 Sale)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Dark Brown ($23,Nordstrom.com)
Tarte Tartelette Palette ($46, Sephora.com)
Tarte Tarteist Lip Crayon in Latergram ($18, Sephora.com)
Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara ($23, Sephora.com)
NARS Lip Gloss in Chelsea Girls ($26, Sephora.com)
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