Is there anything more appropriate for ringing in the New Year than glitter? Champagne, perhaps. But even that sparkles in its effervescence. If there’s ever a time to wear glitter, this is it. So, today, I wanted to share a product that’ll get the job done in the most glamorous way: Fenty Beauty’s Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil.
Here’s the deal. If you don’t like the idea of glitter being anywhere on your face other than your eyelids, you’re not going to like this highlighter. However, if you’re into that sort of thing, this product imparts a refined, shimmery sheen to the skin that is quite sophisticated. Glitter for grown-ups.
I’m not opposed to putting glitter on my cheekbones, but that doesn’t mean I’m not picky. Anything too chunky would be a major drawback. This highlighter is incredibly smooth and the glitter is so fine. It looks more like the glistening surface of a river on a sunny day than a straight-up disco ball. I’ve been using it on the high points of my cheeks, eyelids, brow bones, and collar bone. It can be applied subtly or built up to a dramatic effect, and it lasts all day.
While it applies beautifully with the brush I normally use for highlighting (a Real Techniques setting brush), I highly recommend Fenty’s Cheek-Hugging Highlight Brush. Yes, the slant of its bristles is unique and slightly intimidating. But, this shape actually makes a lot of sense. The bristles conform to the curves of your cheeks, making the process of applying highlighter incredibly easy. Don’t be alarmed if it looks like the brush didn’t pick up any product when you dip it into this highlighter. It’s there, just very sheer. When applied to the cheeks, a lovely wash of shimmer is left behind.
As you can see in the pictures above, my highlighter is slightly off-color. That’s because I initially used my Real Techniques brush to apply this product, and there was residual highlight on the brush from previous uses that transferred to the pan. When I first opened the Fenty highlighter, it was pristine. I recommend dedicating a brush to this product–or washing your brush before using it–if you want to keep it looking its best.
Now, for the look! Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to capture the sparkly nature of this highlight in pictures. They just do not do it justice. I’ve included snapshots of my face with and without flash for a couple perspectives. Still, you cannot actually see the glitter in these pictures.
To apply the highlighter, I followed the same technique Fenty Beauty’s Global Makeup Artist, Priscilla Ono, used on Nikki Tutorials here (mins. 13:00-14:10). Basically, you start by sweeping the tip of the Fenty highlighter brush over the brow bone toward the temple and then down the cheek bone. It creates a sort of V shape from the eyes to the cheeks that is super flattering and very editorial.
Here’s a photo of the look straight on. I also patted the highlighter onto my eyelids for a hint of sparkle (though it’s hidden by my hooded eyes in this picture). I wanted my makeup to be fairly simple to really showcase the highlighter.
Ugh… if only I could capture what this highlight REALLY looks like! Do watch the Nikki Tutorials clip–it does a much better job of displaying the sparkle.
Thanks for reading, and have a happy New Year’s Eve!
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