A Pro Explains How to Get the Perfect Shimmery Highlight and Contour Makeup

Scroll through makeup artist Ania Milczarczyk’s Instagram and you’re instantly transported to a sunny beach where everyone’s hair looks salty-chic and no one’s makeup is running, all thanks to her sexy, shimmery highlight style.

Ania is the master of creating beachy, shimmering highlights that make every model look exquisitely sun-kissed, no tanning required. Highlighting is a high-impact look, but as it turns out, it’s not as tricky as you might think. We asked the artist for some of her top tips.

1. Only highlight in certain spots.

Ania will only ever put highlighting makeup in these places: slightly above and below the eyebrow, the inner points of the eyes, the tip of the nose, the cheekbones, and the Cupid’s bow of the lip.

“Highlighting anywhere else can create the appearance of being oily or sweaty,” she said.

2. Make sure you have the right color.

Highlighter is more like foundation than eyeshadow when it comes to the color. Highlighters aren’t one-size-fits-all. Instead, you have to match them to your skin tone. Ania recommends a whitish pink for pale skin, a champagne-gold for people who have a tan, and coppery-bronze for people with darker skin tones.

3. Get the right products.

Ania is really into Laura Mercier illuminated tinting moisturizer for everyone. For tanned and dark skin, she also recommends Laura Mercier Indiscretion powder. For lighter skin, Laura Mercier highlight 01 and Becca highlighters.

For liquid highlights, she likes Nars and Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer.

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4. If you have oily skin, highlighting can still work for you.

As someone with oily skin, I’ve always shied away from highlighting because I worried that adding shine to my face would just make me look even oilier overall. But Ania says not only that she herself has oily skin too, but that highlighting can be great for those of us who are a bit more slick.

“I have probably the oiliest skin on earth and I keep it under control by only highlighting the spots I mentioned earlier and then using translucent powder over the middle of the forehead, the cheeks, around the nose, and on the chin,” Ania told Galore. “I also keep blotting papers on me during summer to try and limit the amount of times I have to touch up. Powder on top of powder can make me feel too caked up.”

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5. Don’t think highlighter is only a summer look.

Looking through Ania’s photos, you might think that highlighter could look out of place in mid-winter if you don’t live in a warm place. But that’s not so, Ania says.

“Highlighter looks amazing all year round,” she said. “It can be toned down during winter but it still gives it the look of a healthy glow despite how dry winter can make our skin.”

It all comes down to one thing, Ania said: “Glowing skin is NEVER out of place!”

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