How to Use Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat

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!

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.)


Are you a big fan of YSL Touche Éclat? What are your favourite highlighting and contouring products?

P.S. How to apply makeup like a Bollywood star.

  • 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

  • didianadi