How did this trend emerge?
The rage began when an avid Instagrammer, who goes by the name @thestudyofmakeup, uploaded her selfies, donning this new look. Her photographs instantly went viral, causing waves in the beauty world and earning her over 21,000 followers. In an interview with Allure Magazine, she tells the world how it's done, citing her inspirations as Disney princesses, Barbie dolls, and drag queen, Farrah Moan.
So what does this look comprise?
The Flare Highlight is all about creating a glow on your face that's so intense and reflective, it actually creates a lens flare when a photograph is snapped, thus bringing your features into focus.
Place It Right:
For correct placement of the Flare Highlight, sweep it on specific areas of the face; namely, the highest part of the cheekbones, along the brow-bone and above eye-brows, the tip of the nose and lips, and the inner corner of the eyes.
Okay, but how do I achieve this look?
Easy-breezy. As the popular Instagrammer tells Allure, getting this look right comes down to two basic things: Using the right brush and an unexpected product. "Most people apply their highlight with a large fan brush, but that will only give a natural look", she says. "If you want to condense the pigment in your highlight product and make it really glow, use a very dense, wet, eyeshadow brush." The technique in turn, centralizes the product, concentrating it on a smaller area.
That's not all, though. By unexpected product, the makeup Goddess employs the use of Swarovski crystals to intensify the flare. She places one atop each cheekbone, right in the centre. She claims her inspiration for this, comes from a crystal tiara, gifted to her by her boyfriend. "Every time I wore it, it would sparkle and flare from the lights and reflect rainbows. So I thought, 'What if I place a crystal in the centre of my highlight and tried to capture the lens flare?' "I'd say the results speak for themselves.
Well, you know what to do. Brush on this latest makeup trend, and dazzle everyone for miles around!