Makeup Tutorial: 3 Ways to Use Black Highlighter by Bex
A couple of months ago Rituel de fille‘s new black highlighter took the internet by storm and I’ve been dying to try it ever since. Now that Eclipse Inner Glow Crème Pigment is finally available in Europe (through Cult Beauty) I bring you a very simple tutorial using this fascinating product in three different ways!
I will also be pairing it with another of my favorite trends: white lashes! Thanks to super talented babes like Leah Carmichael and Kelseyanna Fitzpatrick I’ve been obsessed with the edginess that white lashes add to even the simplest looks. I hope you love them as much as I do.
Step #1: Primer. Since Eclipse is a cream product it has a tendency to crease on the eyes, just like any glossy eye look would do. To help keep the color intensity throughout the day we will be priming the eyelids with Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance.
Step #2: With your finger, or a synthetic brush, apply the first layer of Eclipse on both lids, stopping on the crease. This product gives you some time to play with it before it sets so don’t worry if the application isn’t too even; it blends beautifully.
Step #3: With a fluffy brush blend that first layer all the way past the crease. You will lose some of the color intensity, but we will fix that with the next step.
Step #4: Build up the color. Repeat steps 2 and 3 by adding more Eclipse on the lid and blending it towards the crease. This time focus the blending on the edges, leaving most of the product on the lid. Don’t be afraid to take this shade up to the brow on the inner corner; this will give your eyes a really nice intensity when we add the highlights on the lid. You can always add a touch of translucent powder with that same fluffy brush to mattify Eclipse and help with the blending even more. I really like the subtle dewy look of the cream base so I didn’t do it this time, but it’s up to you.
Step #5: Time to add a pop of color! KVD’s Alchemist palette comes with some of the most stunning highlighter shades on the market. Tapping them on top of a dark shade like Eclipse will transform and illuminate your eyes like magic. Here I added a touch of the pink shade, Opal, on the center of the lid, the brow bone, and inner corner.
Step #6: Line your waterline, top and bottom, with your favorite violet pencil. Here I used NYX lip pencil in Prune.
Step #7: Lashes! You can rock this look with your regular mascara (or even a purple mascara), but today we are going for the albino rat effect! White lashes look great on their own, but combined with a red or pinkish waterline they’re simply stunning.
Take a small amount of KVD’s concealer creme in white out on a clean spoolie (you can buy them at beauty supply stores or clean an old mascara wand. I always keep my brow pencils when I finish them and clean the spoolie that comes on the other end. You never know when you’re going to want colored lashes/brows!) and brush your lashes carefully. Make sure you coat both sides of the lash so they will look white too when you close your eyes. It is best to apply two coats with very little amount to avoid clumps and spidery lashes so take your time. This concealer dries down to an almost waterproof finish but if your eyes are slightly hooded like mine you might struggle with your lashes touching your lid and that could eventually become a problem. To avoid this, you can apply a very light coating of white shadow or translucent powder on the tips of the lashes with a fluffy brush. I always use the white shade on the KVD Shade and Light Eye contour palette for this; that way they last all day long with no transfer whatsoever!
Step #8: And that’s the eye look done! Complete the look by applying Eclipse as your contour and lipstick. This product really is as versatile as they advertise it to be! It blends beautifully on your cheeks and gives you a natural contour that is also buildable, and is an amazing cool toned shade suitable for all skins (pale ghouls in particular, you know the struggle of those always-too-warm contour shades! This is perfect for us!). On the lips, apply it with your fingers for a more natural look -the aubergine tones really come through when you wear it on a sheer layer- or with a lip brush for a more intense finish like I did here, applied on top of Rituel de fille’s Blackthorn to create an ombre effect.
A touch of blush from the Lunatick Cosmetic Labs Pro Contour Book and KVD’s Opal highlighter to match the eyes and we’re done!