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 and easily goes wrong pretty fast.
Now, I’m like any other working women and don’t have time in the morning to sculpt my face to look like a Greek Goddess so MAC’s Preps and Prime highlighter pens are my go-to on week days and when I’want to highlight my under eyes. Brighter under eyes make me look alive, fresh and younger.
The pens are highly pigmented dries to a matte finish. It’s pigmented enough to be a concealer but I use it only as a highlighter under the eyes after 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. Then I apply it and blend it out using a tapered kabuki, a damp BeautyBlender. You can even use your fingers
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.
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.
There are many alternatives to the MAC highlighter pens such as the YSL Touché Éclat, Bobbi Brown under eye brightener and 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