Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat has been a worldwide beauty favourite ever since its 1992 debut. But until recently I never actually knew how to apply the product. I thought it was an under-eye concealer, but it turns out I was very wrong indeed…
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Yves Saint Laurent makeup artist, Fred Letailleur in Selfridges, and he taught me how to use Touche Éclat to brighten and highlight my face. It turns out highlighting and brightening are its proper purposes – it’s definitely not a concealer!
So, instead of focusing on dark circles, you want to apply Touche Éclat underneath the arch of the brow, along the outer corners of the eye, around the nose and mouth, and across the top of your cheekbones. For extra definition you can also outline your lips with Touche Éclat and highlight the bridge of your nose. This brightens the appearance of your face, making you look healthy and rested.
I’ve been doing this nearly every day since meeting Fred (I blend the colour in with my fingers or a flat concealer brush) and it’s completely changed the way I apply my makeup. Give it a go, and I’m sure you’ll be impressed with the results!
And, if you’re really confident with makeup, go one step further with a full, Kim Kardashian-style contoured face. The photos she shared act as a helpful paint-by-numbers, but definitely approach this one with caution. If it’s not done correctly it can look ridiculous. (The trick lies in the blending, so it’s well worth investing in a Beauty Blender and a quality flat foundation/concealer brush.)
SHOP THE LOOK:
Are you a big fan of YSL Touche Éclat? What are your favourite highlighting and contouring products?