How to Get an Insanely Dewy Highlight Like Ariana Grande's, Straight from Her Makeup Artist
The MTV Video Music Awards may have wrapped on Sunday, but Ariana Grande's perfect highlight will forever live on in makeup history. Her shimmery pearl cheekbones went viral enough to reach meme status, which is why we had to ask her makeup artist Daniel Chinchilla on how to get the effect at home. "I tend to highlight after foundation is done. That way, the highlighter has something to stick to, and stays on much longer," Chinchilla says. "If you are not wearing foundation, just use a little primer under the areas being highlighted." The pro advises seeking out a color that will flatter your complexion—skin with warm hints look best paired with a yellow or gold tone, while rosy pink hues are ideal if you have cooler undertones. Can't determine which of the two categories you fall under? Chinchilla advises mixing shades for a customized finish. "The Anastasia Glow Kits ($34 each; sephora.com) are great because you get a variety of colors to change up your looks," he says.
Undertone aside, your skin type is something else you need to consider. If you have oily or normal skin, Chinchilla suggests using a powder highlighter like Laura Mercier's Face Illuminator ($44; sephora.com) as the formula will stay put on the skin longer. For dry skin, try a cream like the Lancome Glow Subtil ($30; sephora.com) or Sonia Kashuk's Chic Luminosity Highlighter Stick ($11; target.com), though if you're using a brush, make sure to use a synthetic version, as they're easier to wash. "Start with a little product, and add more as needed," he advises. "I also like to swipe highlighter down the bridge of the nose. This will create the illusion of more definition." And if you really want to kick it up a level, try layering a shimmery eyeshadow directly over the top—Chinchilla loves the MAC Pigment in Melon ($22; nordstrom.com) and the Inglot AMC Pigment in #35 ($16; macys.com). "I like to do this because eyeshadows tend to have more of that fine glitter," he says. "Or, spray your brush with a little Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix Setting Spray ($30; sephora.com) so that the brush picks up more product and applies it a little heavier. I love this technique for stage and nighttime events." That left-side angle will shine brighter than ever.