Confirmed: This Is the Best Way to Highlight an Oval Face

Mel Ho
by Mel Ho

Ever copied a friend's highlighting technique only to discover that the finished look doesn't have the same sculpting effect on you as it does on her? It's a little known fact that there is an art to applying luminiser to best suit your individual face shape, so it's likely that you might not need to apply your highlighter in the same way as someone else.

In order to find out more, we called on makeup artist Jasmin Lo to help demystify the highlighting process. She has carried out a series of tutorials using three women from the Byrdie Australia office where she explains all the tricks you need to know to get it right every time. First up, you'll want to figure out your natural face shape, then put the Marc Jacobs Coconut Face Collection (which features some seriously glow-boosting products) to work. For the first in the tutorial series we’re tackling the oval face shape.

Keep scrolling for the how to.

THE OVAL FACE SHAPE

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Sevak Babakhani

According to Lo, if your face is naturally long and slim, you likely have an oval face. To make the most of your bone structure, follow the guide above and focus on the apples of cheeks (not all the way down your cheekbones), and the inner corners of your eyes. Adding highlighter in these strategic spots gives the illusion of width and dimension. 

THE HOW TO

PHOTO:

Sevak Babakhani

1. Apply primer as a base to hydrate and perfect. (We used Marc Jacobs Beauty's cult Undercover Perfecting Coconut Primer, $63.) Next, buff on your foundation or tinted moisturiser, and spot conceal.

2. Using your ring finger, tap the a tiny dab of highlighter at the top your cheekbones, blending it down and onto the apples. (Try Marc Jacobs Beauty's Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter, $63.)

3. With the leftover product on your finger, carefully highlight the inner corners of your eyes. (You can also use a small pointed brush for extra precision.) 

4. Sweep a shimmer-free bronzer just underneath the cheekbones to create shadow and contrast. (We used Marc Jacobs Beauty's Limited Edition O!Mega Bronze Coconut Perfect Tan Bronzer, $72.) 

5. To finish, use your pinky finger to dot a teensy amount of highlighter at your cupid’s bow.

THE FINISHED LOOK

PHOTO:

Sevak Babakhani

Fashion Credit: Bianca Spender Blush Velvet Wonderland Gown ($478).

Talent: Alison Rice; Photographer: Sevak Babakhani; Makeup: Jasmin Lo; Hair: Anthony Nader for Oribe; Styling: Amanda Stavropoulos; Creative Direction: Lisa Patulny.

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