Microshimmer Makeup Is the Magical Get-Glowing Trend You Need Right Now
Micoshimmer makeup—in the form of nail polishes, eye shadows, and skin highlighters—is the latest breakthrough to light up your look. "Super-refined mica, essentially a mineral dust, becomes barely perceptible light-reflecting particles in these products, which give you just a hint of sheen while also blurring imperfections," Avon makeup artist Lauren Anderson says. The end result: a gorgeous, subtle gleam that shows off your natural sparkle. Get started with these pro glow tips and products. (And see which of these made it into our 2016 Beauty Awards.)
High-Beam Dream Skin
These highlighters contain such ultrafine flecks of shimmer that they blend effortlessly. "If you have normal to oily skin, go for a powder that you apply with a brush. If you're dry, smooth a cream formula on with your fingers," Andersen says. Then apply strategically. "Putting shimmer all over can make you look sweaty," she says. Instead, place it along your cheekbones and brow bones, down your nose, and at the Cupid's bow of your lip. When highlighters are this sheer, you can wear any shade (or a mix). A bronze tone adds warmth, pink brightens, and opalescents add the boldest glow. Next up, three products to try it yourself. (Bonus: nosh on these superfoods for glowing skin from the inside.)
Try It: Stila Highlighting Palette
Try It: Mary Kay Illuminating Stick
Try It: The Estée Edit Fluid Powder
Metallic micro-shimmers are the best of both worlds: You get all the refined, wear- with-anything benefits of a metallic—"which really acts as a neutral," NYC celeb manicurist Deborah Lippmann says—and the fun and edginess of a shimmer. "Plus, the mica in the formulas extends the wear of the polishes," Lippmann says. (Polish chipping off? These tough gel polishes are workout-proof.) For a statement, paint microshimmer polish on long, rounded nails; for an everyday look, keep nails short, with rounded edges. Get the look with the three products that follow.
Try It: SpaRitual Nail Polish in Amorous
Try It: Essie Beyond Cozy
Try It: JINSoon Pearl Collection
Glimmery eye shadows—in these richly pigmented neutrals and bold jewel tones—give you a gaze that's sexy and electric. "They're very night-out worthy," says Andersen, who suggests a monochromatic palette for the most modern take: Apply a matching eyeliner and eye shadow, limiting the color to your upper lid. "Stop before you reach the crease," she says. "Then finish with a few coats of black mascara." (Try these tricks to make your makeup stay all night long.) The following products will help you rock the look.