The runways reported Spring beauty trends for 2011 to be all about metallics. However, since we're in a country with high humidity, I doubt that it would look flattering on everyone especially on those with oily skin. The best compromise -- a bit of highlighter. So here I offer some advice on how to pull off shimmering highlighter without looking like you were soaked in grease. 

1. Let skin glow. For a subtle sheen, mix a pea-size drop of highlighter with foundation in your palm before applying. The right shade leaves only a glow on the skin—as opposed to depositing color. I personally like NARS highlighters, particularly The Multiple (₱1,900.00 at Rustan's Essenses), to achieve this. Usually, this means silvery pink for fair skin (Try NARS The Multiple in Luxor), golden tints for olive skin (Try NARS The Multiple in Orgasm), and bronze highlighter for dark skin (Try NARS The Multiple in South Beach). 

2. Define your cheekbones. Apply a shimmery powder with a big, fluffy brush to just the highest point of your cheekbones, and blend. Choose a powder with subtle shimmers to avoid ending up with a white cast on highlighted parts of your face. I recommend Guerlain Meteorites in Mythic (₱2,600.00 in Rustan's Department Store). Remember to apply it after blush, so your cheeks aren't lighter than the rest of your face. And keep that brush for shimmer alone; the last thing you want is a matte face powder flecked with bits of glitter. 

3. Strike a balance. If your makeup plan involves strong, smoky eyes, highlighter can add a radiance to your skin that will keep you from looking too goth. Dust some shimmering nude powder on the cheekbones, chin, above the bow of the mouth and any area touched by light.

4. Brighten your eyes. To widen and awaken eyes, use a thin brush to dab a light, a shimmery shadow into the inner corners of your eyes. Then, keeping the brush as close to the lower lash line as possible, drag it outward creating a very thin line. Try
Maybelline Eye Studio Hyper Diamonds Eye Shadow (₱599.00 in leading department stores).

5. Pucker up. Highlighter can even give lipstick a boost. It turns a berry or wine shade into sparkling mauve, and hot pink into rose. Choose a highlighter close to your skin tone, with just a hint of shimmer. Apply a dot on your lips, spread it with your finger, and then swipe on a layer of your lipstick. Use a lip brush to add more of either product for your desired shade.
Etude House Goldenratio Face Glam (₱648.00) has a creamy liquid formula that's perfect for this purpose.

6. Don't forget the rest. A touch of shimmer isn't just for your face. I suggest massaging a dot of pearlized cream into the shoulders and collarbones. Focus on the tops of the bones so it looks like the light is catching them. For a finishing touch, slather legs with lotion or moisturizer and add highlighter on the shins. I'm currently loving Benefit Bathina Take a Picture It Lasts Longer (₱1,650 at www.tameraonline.com).

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