Highlighter is really the best thing out there, you guys. And I’m only saying that because a few weeks ago I took a big leap of faith and purchased the Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in the shade Ballerina ($24), a warm rose gold with a hint of gold sheen and that contains a gorgeous luminous finish. As you know, my highlighter collection is not up to par with the rest, its ratio is actually quite scarce compared to other parts of my repertoire, and I’m not exactly keen on fueling said portion because to me highlighter can make or break a look. If it’s too frosty it can wash out your complexion, too warm can make you look a little sunkissed and even orange or red, some highlighters can completely clash with the undertones of your other makeup, so finding that right pretty luminescent shade is paramount for me. And the way I stumbled upon the Laura Geller Ballerina was purely happenstance as I strolled through Ulta looking for something entirely else. Oh, little distractions. Luckily this one paid off.
Right now, I’m loving the combination of products I use to induce a superior radiant visage. I don’t want anything too serious; I like it breezy, fun, flirty, airy, not to mention fall perfectly into place with my Vegas surroundings which I always translate as a true sunkissed goddess. Emphasis on goddess. Speaking heavenly to me is the Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base ($48) (read; here) as a slight contour, a dusting of the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze ($44) all over the face. The Benefit Rockateur ($28) for that lit from within pop of flush, though Nars in Orgasm ($30) is pretty freakin’ amazing as well. And then … came my highlight. Albeit I absolutely adore the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal ($38), a highlighter I use quite often, I was craving something more prominently geared in the bronze-y-ish direction. Something that would play in harmony with the warm rose gold sheen that Rockateur leaves behind. The look prior to highlighter can be best described as modern, elegant, yet romantic, effortless, and incredibly soft. I personally think it’s sexy. To further interpret this look I needed a highlighter that would speak its language fluently.
When I swatched Ballerina on the back of my hand in the store it looked more darkened bronze than it did as a warm rose gold. Kids, a hard lesson to learn is to not swatch colors under store lighting, they lie. So when I walked with my swatched hands to the nearest source of natural lighting I could definitely see a hint of warm rose gold fused with the bronze. Persuaded by the tones glistening from the back of my hand, I decided to take the plunge and purchase it. I’ve been LOVING it ever since.
Traditional bronzed faces are great and all, granted the right products are used and you don’t closely resemble to a cast member from the Jersey Shore, sometimes a good highlighter will keep your otherwise monochrome bronze application, interesting. And life in general. This is where creating light comes in – albeit in the form of a warm, bronzy-like color still keeping in tone with the theme, but you get the feeling that you’ve achieved great things. The perfect shade for a look like mine is the Ballerina shade. It’s a powder but applies almost like a cream with coverage that can be either sheer to mostly opaque depending on the brush you use, and yes it is buildable. I found out that the best type of brush to use for this highlighter and get optimal pigment is by using a somewhat dense brush – no need for extra layers here. After you swipe it on the usual features of the face where you’d highlight on any other day, the shade leaves behind a luminous wash of warm color with just a dose of shimmer enough to give a noticeable sheen to the skin or more of a surprising vibrancy – not a disco ball effect. Great pluses. Unlike Becca’s Opal which I feel if I accidentally overdo it by not tapping my brush off well enough it emphasizes my pores quite a bit (maybe that’s just me?), Ballerina falls a good bit under the frosty label so this product is pretty foolproof. I have worn it well over 12 hours, no bueno ladies insert zits, and it still was very much present on my face.