Take advantage of the contouring trend.
Most major cosmetics brands are jumping on the trend, which is also known as highlighting or strobing depending on the technique. You can adapt this trend to create the illusion of fairer skin temporarily. Contouring using makeup involves carefully placing lines of darker color on areas that are meant to recede, like under your cheekbones and along the sides of your nose, while placing lighter streaks of color along areas that are meant to stick out a bit and catch the light, like the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, or forehead. Then, the colors are carefully blended so that you can’t tell that you’ve put color in either place, but it gives a very nice visual effect of well-defined facial features.
- Learn about contouring techniques from this helpful wikiHow article, but when you go shopping for products, purchase products in shades slightly lighter than you would normally buy.
- Apply the products using the contouring technique, but at each step, go one to two shades lighter than you would normally go. For instance, when you begin, apply foundation to your entire face in one or two shades lighter than your skin tone. Then, when you contour the darker areas, use a color that matches the natural color of your face (rather than a darker shade). The highlighted, lighter areas should be a shade or two even lighter than the color you began with to really stand out.
- It’s important to stay in the same color family as the rest of your skin. If you are cool-toned, choose products that are meant for cool-toned skin; and if you are warm-toned, choose products that are meant for warm-toned skin. Otherwise your contouring will seem like you’ve painted your face.
Use cream to highlight.
To get a more subtle effect, just mix a brightening cream with a regular foundation. It will only subtly dilute the actual color of your skin, but due to its very delicate radiance and radiance, it will make your complexion appear brighter in the light.
- Try Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment illuminator, NARS illuminator, or similar products from your favorite pharmacy brand. The key is to choose a liquid highlighter, it can be easily mixed with liquid foundation, and the color is slightly lighter than your skin tone, but from the same color family.
- The end result should be skin that looks glowing, just like a face that has just been hydrated; if it looks shiny, then you have added too much highlighter to your foundation.