I’ve cultivated a reputation for being neutral, casual—a dresser of the non-loud variety. My wardrobe of white tees and medium denim (with a couple all-black outfits thrown in for good measure) is my own established norm. So colour me shocked when this season I found myself drawn to sparkle and shimmer.
Don’t be confused—I haven’t started wearing sequins and lamé. That would be a step too far past my comfort zone. Instead, I’ve been playing with my beauty routine in order to incorporate a bit of subtle effervescence into my look—and not just for special occasions. Sparkle is definitely daytime appropriate when applied with a light hand and with a bit of direction.
Here, my top ways to incorporate a bit of metallic, sparkle and shine into your daytime beauty look (with a bit of help from the pros) without ditching your go-to duds. People will say you’re glowing—but you know, subtly.
Get glowing with highlighter
Move over contouring—it’s strobe time. Bringing light to your face is always a good idea to illuminate those stunning features you’ve got going on. Our recommendation? A strobing stick that makes application easy, like Maybelline Studio Master Strobing Stick ($13, available at drugstores). Apply right to the high planes of your face (brow bone, cheek bone, nose and cupid’s bow) for a lit from within high impact look. “For a more subtle glow, use your finger to apply on the skin and blend to the sheerness you want,” suggests Grace Lee, lead makeup artist for Maybelline New York Canada. “The more you blend, the less shine.”