If you never got the hang of contouring, there’s some good news coming your way. Apparently, it’s time to bid adios to the light and shade technique that promised chiselled and sculpted cheekbones that came – and stayed – at the forefront of beauty thanks to Kim Kardashian and Ko.
According to Kimmy’s most-loved make-up artist, Mario Dedivanovic, it’s time to put down that contouring palette and pick up some glossy goodness – and go to town on cheeks, eyes and lips. Speaking to Femail, Mario spilled the beans on the newest make up trend reporting that, “Glossy is the new look. Glossy skin, lids and lips. Apply petroleum and glycerin like products onto lids, cheeks and lips for the most gorgeous glow without powdery texture.”
Gloss is not to be mistaken with shimmer or glitter; it’s more simplistic and waaayyyy chicer than that. The idea, according to Dedivanovic, is to embrace a more natural, pared-back look that gives the illusion of dewy, younger looking skin that the recent matte craze just couldn’t deliver on.
The secret to the Glossing look is all about the product you use; it’s not as simple as whacking some Vaseline on your eyelids and cheekbones, because we all know that even the slightest breeze could result in a serious hair-sticking-to-your-face situation. The new gloss formulas are designed specifically for the face and will ensure you’re looking more on the radiant side and less on the greasy one.
The areas to focus on are those that you’d traditionally use a highlighter on in a contouring situation. Think tops of cheekbones, cupid’s bow and just below the brow. If you really want to kick it up a notch, you can definitely use a gloss on your eyelids; but to prevent the high likelihood of creasing and smudging, this is best tried on a naked eye, sans eyeshadow.
If you want to dip your toes into Glossing, try a product like MAC Strobe cream. It’ll give your skin a beautiful sheen but not TOO much glossiness.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream is cult product for good reason – it’s the great all-rounder. Dab some anywhere you want some juicy goodness.
Milk Face Gloss is a clear, non-sticky formula designed specifically for giving a glossy finish to the face. Annoyingly, it’s not available in Oz yet, but can be found on Fishpond.com.au for $76.65. Better still, if you know someone travelling to the US, get them to pick you up a tube. We’ll definitely be hitting Brooke up for a few when she moves to NYC soon.
And lastly, don’t forget those lips. Juicy lips is one style that has never really gone out of fashion and the sky is the limit in terms of choices – from Chanel to Chemist Warehouse, there’s something for everyone’s budget.