How to Highlight Your Face Using Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat

Access to makeup artists is easily one of the best things about working as a blogger, because I’ve learnt so many clever tricks over the years. And a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Yves Saint Laurent makeup artist, Fred Letailleur. Fred was stationed at the YSL counter in Selfridges, giving party season beauty consultations to press, and he showed me some brilliant ways of using the iconic Touche Éclat highlighter pen. In the past I’ve mentioned how I’ve never fully understood the hype around Touche Éclat – but after spending half an hour in Fred’s company I’m now completely obsessed with the product.

Fred taught me how to use Touche Éclat to brighten and highlight my face – which is a really useful skill to have around party season, when the late nights and early morning bellinis are taking their toll on your skin. Instead of just focusing on dark circles, you want to apply highlighter 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.

I’ve been doing this nearly every day since meeting Fred (I blend the colour in with my fingers or Laura Mercier’s Camouflage powder 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!

Kim Kardashian Contouring

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.)


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  • http://dressupwithlola.com/ Lola

    My make-up routine until very recently has mainly relied on a decent blush and that’s basically it. Recently however, I have suffered from adult acne and invested in a decent BB creme/primer and concealer. It was actually your post on NARS foundation that inspired me to do so as I had no idea that foundation could actually look so subtle as I am so used to seeing girls with the stuff caked on. The BB creme and concealer has made such a massive difference. I am really tempted to try this stuff too as I am forever hearing such good stuff about it, might swing by a YSL counter later today XX

    • cocos_tea_party

      I’m so pleased to hear that. I always prefer a sheer foundation too, so it doesn’t look too caked on. Let me know how you get on with the highlighter if you give it a go.

  • cocos_tea_party

    Haha! Maybe just for special occasions then…

  • Anna Proffitt

    That’s so helpful x
    Aforvogue.blogspot.co.uk

  • didianadi