Thursday, July 11, 2013

How To Highlight Like Kim Kardashian

No matter what your opinion is of Kim K. you can't deny that this girl's makeup is flawless! One of the hallmarks of her bombshell makeup looks is a face sculpting, lit from within glow curtoursy of a genius concealer highting technique her makeup artists use.

The concealer highlighting technique places a lighter-than-skintone shade of concealer on the areas you would typically highlight: cheekbones, nose forehead and chin.

I've been playing around with this technique for a couple of months now, trying tons of different products in an attempt to achieve the perfect replication of this iconic Kim K look. After LOTS of trial and error I've finally found the products that work best for me from where else but my favorite brand, MAC!

MAC's Pro Longwear Concealer is the perfect concealer for this look. It is densely pigmented while still being extremely blendable; it takes no time to seamlessly blend this product into your foundation. You can place and blend this product with your fingers but I've found that using a brush really helps make this heavy conceler look it's best. I like to place and blend this product with a foundation brush like MAC's 190 or with the pointy end of my beautyblender.

For this look you should pick a concealer that's a couple shades lighter than your skintone, so while it's perfect for under eyes you'll still need another concealer to conceal any other redness or blemishes!

To set the concealer and intensify the highlight I LOVE using MAC's iconic Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light. In addition to setting the concealer this product has a gorgeous, subtle sheen that makes your face glow and keeps the look fresh instead of heavy. I use MAC's 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush to place this powder over the concealer, it picks up just the right amount of product and it's the perfect size for precise application.

With so much matte highlighting it's easy to get washed out by this look. It's essential to warm up the rest of your face with a powder that matches your skin tone (I use MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium) or for a more dramatic look, you can warm up even more by applying your favorite bronzer.

Swatches left to right: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light, MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC20

This crazy pic is a quick breakdown of where you should place the concealer and powder highlight to achieve Kim K's look. The lighter-than-skintone concealer and powder should be applied to the areas that are circled in black while all remaining areas of your face should be warmed up with a skin-tone matching powder or darkened with a bronzer.

Here's a quick breakdown of the products mentioned in this post:
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, $18, can be found here.
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, $30, can be found here.
MAC 190 Foundation Brush, $33, can be found here.
MAC 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush, $35, can be found here.
(can you tell I've been lovin' on MAC recently? ;)

I hope you liked this post! Have you tried out this dramatic highlighting technique? Let me know in the comments below and don't forget to follow Katie's Beautique on bloglovin!


  1. I have been trying to contour my nose for a long time, but I just can't do it! I'm trying to conceal this bump, but it never looks right. Kim K's makeup is always so pretty. Thank you for your months of hard work to give us a blueprint! I can't afford Mac, so I'll have to work with what I have :)

    Life of Mabel

  2. These are really good tips! I'm definitely going to put this to practice.

  3. I use it on my boudoir clients all the time for a gorgeous sculpted look. They always look in the mirror and go "what did you do to make my cheekbones look like that!" They love it!

  4. Agreed, she has amazing makeup, love your tutorial!

  5. I'm not a huge fan of the Kim K highlight on myself, but you did an awesome job explaining it. I looooove MAC Pro Longwear Concealer as well! :)

    Eyeshadow Addicts Anonymous

  6. great tutorial! i love Kim!

  7. Great tutorial. I think last picture is very helpful but funny too! :D:D

    with love, Cassandra xx