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Click on Radiance! MAC Prep and Prime Highlighter Pens

Click on Radiance! MAC Prep and Prime Highlighter Pens

Make up pens are flooding the market both high-end, budget-friendly, it’s like the Sardine Rush in Durbs.

You can get pens for eyeliner, eyebrows and even lip liners

These pens are popular for beginners because they are easy to use.

Highlighting is a wonderful technique to bring out your best features and while using sculpting creams does, in my opinion, give the greatest airbrushed effect, the process, especially if you are new to the application technique, can be time consuming. It can be difficult to achieve but can easily go wrong pretty fast.

Now, I’m like any other working women so I don’t have time in the morning to sculpt my face to look like a Greek Goddess so MAC’S MAC Preps and Prime highlighter pens are my go to on week days and when I’m going for a natural look. It makes you look alive, fresh and younger.

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The MAC Prep and Prime Highlighter pens come in four different shades. Bright Forecast (peachy colour), Radiant rose (light pink colour, Peach lustre (slightly orange shade, but perfect for highlighting darker skin) and Light Boost (soft yellow colour).

While I am dark skinned, I have both and use Bright Forecast for a more natural look and Light Boost, when I want to create the’ Kim K’ effect. Note, a little goes a long way and product overload will look cakey.

The pens give a sheer wash of brightness and dries to a matte finish. It’s pigmented enough to give you a bit of coverage but it’s not a concealer. I use it primarily as a highlighter under the eyes after foundation and concealer. These pens come with a brush applicator so it glides on, protecting the delicate skin under the eye because there’s no, pulling or tugging.  You turn the bottom of the pen and ‘click, click’ it goes, and then I apply it and blend it out using a tapered kabuki or stippling brush. You can also use your fingers or a damp make up sponge.

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But you don’t have to limit its use for highlighting the under-eye area, use these pens anywhere you want to bring out your features. Draw a line above the outer end of the eyebrows to get an instant face-lift! Draw a line down the bridge of your nose or highlight your cupid’s bow for fuller lips. Play around with the shades and you may find it transform into a contour pen.

While there are many alternatives to the MAC highlighter pens such as the YSL Touché Éclat, Bobbi Brown under eye brightener and the on the budget friendly side, the L'Oreal Magic Lumi concealer and Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow.

 

Where to buy: MAC FSS or counters across the country

Price: R255 for 3,6ml

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Prativa

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