Forget 3-D printing—to get the impeccable glow Ariana Grande wore at the MTV VMAs, it's all about 3-D highlighting. Makeup artist Daniel Chinchilla, who created the highlight that launched a thousand beauty memes, applied shimmery bronzer, cream highlight, and an eyeshadow in layers to make the star's cheekbones pop, and it's a technique you'll definitely want to master. "The point of using all of these products if for dimension, because you don't want anything on your face to look flat, and using a couple of things creates a nice 3-D effect," he explains. "Doing this also makes the product last longer." This creates a more seamless graduation of the shimmer effect, instead of concentrating all the shine on the cheekbones.
Chinchilla starts by picking up the Sephora MicroSmooth Baked Bronzing Duo in Honey Heat ($19; sephora.com) to lightly blend along the hollows of her cheekbones, and over the top, he uses his fingers to dab on the NARS Copacabana Multiple ($39; sephora.com). "You don't need a lot, this is more so that the highlight has a place to stick," he says. Over the top of the cream, Chinchilla bends on the L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Eternal Sunshine ($8; target.com). "It's a little crazy, but funny, because sometimes I can't find the right golden tone when I'm looking for highlighters, and this formula is super-pigmented. I apply it right over the cream base just to give it that pretty glow," he adds. Make sure you concentrate the 3-D effect on your cheekbones, then brush the shadow or a powder highlight down the bridge of your nose and onto your cupid's bow to make the effect uniform with the rest of your face.