Thursday, 29 January 2015

Highlighting Like A Pro(Artist)

The above image is a self protrait by the artist Albert Durer in 1500. The level of detail which he has shown here is astonishing, but what Durer was really good at, and what he really knew how to do, was to use light. To show where the ligth source would hit the skin, and how this would highlight the face.
Within make up, we use highlighter to naturally show the 'high' points of the face; to accentuate those areas which the light would in order give ourselves more a glow in a natural kind of way. And that's exactly what painters want to do. Were an artist to paint a face without any highlight, not only would it be extremely dull, but it would also be rather unrealistic.

Now I'm not saying you need to highlight the exact areas that Durur has...applying highlighter to your fingers might not be the best option, but if you're unsure where exactly to highlight, then this is one way to think about it.

An image I used for an article in Moda, this is one of the classic tips for highlighting, and I am by no means sharing it as my own. But make sure to highlight in a triangle shape under your eyes to really highlight (that doesn't even sound like a word anymore) that area.
Down the nose, the browbone, the cheekbone, the cupid's bow and the inner corner of the eye are all the best places to highlight.
If you are still unsure whether or not to highlight an area, just think if you were painting your face, like an artist: what areas would you want to look a little more glowing?

If Durer knew how to highlight in 1500, then you can definitely know how to in 2015!

Are you a highlighting pro like Durer?