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SD Makeup Artisty

Posts: 184

Hicksville, New York, US

Anyone use this for shoots?  I love how it looks in real life, but I'd like to know how it translates into photo.
Thanks!

Dec 06 12 05:18 pm Link

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Dorota MUA

Posts: 82

Leeds, England, United Kingdom

For me is not working good. Not easy to apply with some foundations, and needs be smudged well, with precision - applied in rush often leaves irregular patches...for me is hard to control..

I love VIVO Baked bronze - healthy glow. gives perfect shine, easy to apply.. you can't go wrong with it even when you are rushing.

Dec 06 12 06:08 pm Link

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jmorrismua

Posts: 59

Chicago, Illinois, US

Thanks for this. I'm curious to know what the opinion in the board is about some other liquid highlighters.

May 06 13 01:25 pm Link

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Thomas Van Dyke

Posts: 2153

Washington, District of Columbia, US

SD Makeup Artisty wrote:
...Benefit High Beam...

Stephanie for a pearlized finish effect I use TEMPTU's S/B Highlighters which photograph extremely well... in both natural daylight and studio strobes...

The issue I have with Benefit's High Beam is want of control in application... as a thick liquid I find it a challenge to get the exact even coverage I desire, albeit with practice I imagine it is doable... yes it's a splendid product for adding iridescence glow to a talent's cheek and brow bone for a heavy evening look... but for a morning bride, maybe not...  gota love Benefit though, for years I've used their babe cake dry mascara product which is lasting forever and is super for grooming male talent's lashes...

May actually try mixing High Beam with a cream foundation to see if this might be another useful scenario, albeit since it only comes in one hue/chroma (ethereal pink) it is rather limited... TEMPTU S/B Highlighters come in eight tints i.e. hue/chroma (050 to 057) thus offer far more latitude/diversity of creativity.  And with airbrush it is so easy to precisely control the exact coverage amount...

hope this helps...

May 06 13 02:52 pm Link

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Makeup Hair by Dani B

Posts: 787

Los Angeles, California, US

I've used it and it's been fine, but it's not one of my faves. I prefer Nars Copacabana Multiple, Madina Chic & Shine, MAC cream color base in Pearl, MAC pigment in Vanilla, Benefit's Watt's Up and the Ultrasheers by FA.

May 06 13 08:24 pm Link

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sweetcheekscouture

Posts: 458

West Palm Beach, Florida, US

I used in on the lip in this photo

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30787750

I know that I have used it as a highlighter in the cheekbone but I can't remember if I have any closeups in my makeup portfolio using it

I much more in love with the gold shimmer in one of my Nars palettes if I want to highlight the cheeks but I am not as experienced as the others who have posted in this forum so far but I have been dying to try the Copacabana stick

But in general I love benefit -- it takes while getting used to and a little goes a long way with the Benetint products.

May 06 13 09:58 pm Link

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Esoteric Makeup

Posts: 39

Tucson, Arizona, US

I've used it and Stila's All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer several times in my boudoir work without issue. I really like the effect that it gives, but the lighting will make a difference in my somewhat limited experience.

May 06 13 11:35 pm Link

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Linda Chudomelova

Posts: 133

Prague, Prague, Czech Republic

It works like a charm for me. I've used other highlighters, but I seem to be always coming back to High Beam. I have Nars Copacabana (in tube), but it's just nowhere near as mildly milled and sometimes gives much more of a shine, where the Benefit just gives a glow. I will even mix the High Beam with concealer if I need a light reflective one under the eyes.

But I will definitely try the Temptu ones. :-)

May 07 13 03:14 am Link

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Lauren Reynolds Makeup

Posts: 282

London, England, United Kingdom

Jocelyn Marie Morris wrote:
Thanks for this. I'm curious to know what the opinion in the board is about some other liquid highlighters.

My favourite is Illamasqua Gleam which is a cream, Aurora is a lovely champagne colour and works wonderfully under and/or over oil or silicone based foundations. Although ive successfully used it over MUFE Face & Body (waterbased) just patting a little in on top with my fingers. They've just bought out a bronze version called Supernatural I think, looks lovely for dark skin.

Mac Strobe Cream is nice too, pinky shimmer, very fine.

Really interested to try out Madina Chic & Shine!

May 07 13 01:20 pm Link

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Ash Mathews

Posts: 251

Los Angeles, California, US

I use it all of the time. Just make sure it's blended well and it will photograph beautifully.

May 07 13 05:40 pm Link

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jmorrismua

Posts: 59

Chicago, Illinois, US

Thomas Van Dyke wrote:

Stephanie for a pearlized finish effect I use TEMPTU's S/B Highlighters which photograph extremely well... in both natural daylight and studio strobes...

The issue I have with Benefit's High Beam is want of control in application... as a thick liquid I find it a challenge to get the exact even coverage I desire, albeit with practice I imagine it is doable... yes it's a splendid product for adding iridescence glow to a talent's cheek and brow bone for a heavy evening look... but for a morning bride, maybe not...  gota love Benefit though, for years I've used their babe cake dry mascara product which is lasting forever and is super for grooming male talent's lashes...

May actually try mixing High Beam with a cream foundation to see if this might be another useful scenario, albeit since it only comes in one hue/chroma (ethereal pink) it is rather limited... TEMPTU S/B Highlighters come in eight tints i.e. hue/chroma (050 to 057) thus offer far more latitude/diversity of creativity.  And with airbrush it is so easy to precisely control the exact coverage amount...

hope this helps...

I went and purchased this today. I'm looking forward to using it. Thanks!

May 08 13 07:49 pm Link

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Inner Beauty Outer Self

Posts: 3

Stratford, Ontario, Canada

I use Benefit High Beam as an eye primer for fairer skins with pink undertones. Smashbox Soft Lights powder in Lens works great as a cheek/nose/orbital bone highlighter. It's a staple in my kit and looks great on camera!

Jul 22 13 06:53 pm Link

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Chicchowmein

Posts: 14553

Palm Beach, Florida, US

Makeup by Dani B wrote:
I've used it and it's been fine, but it's not one of my faves. I prefer Nars Copacabana Multiple, Madina Chic & Shine, MAC cream color base in Pearl, MAC pigment in Vanilla, Benefit's Watt's Up and the Ultrasheers by FA.

I love my Nars copacabana

( sorry posted from my photographer profile)

Jul 23 13 12:06 am Link

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Alyson Taylor

Posts: 115

Greenville, South Carolina, US

I have found with liquid highlighters they apply easiest for me if I apply them to my beauty blender and stipple it on. Otherwise they can be hard to blend evenly to get that effortless glow smile

Jul 23 13 05:05 am Link

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Tara Pagliara MUA

Posts: 704

New York, New York, US

It can work beautifully. You have to use it MINIMALLY. Like on the back of your hand then dab it out with your fingertip to almost nothing then apply. Here I have used it with Watts Up both under the foundation and on top. Its all about minimal application with products like these. This is a shot from my Iphone.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid … =1&theater

I screw up embedding images all the time so heres the link lol

Jul 23 13 05:11 am Link

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ShelbysMakeup

Posts: 51

Los Angeles, California, US

For highlighting and contouring, I use the Ben Nye Fireworks Fantasy Wheel.

DOES WONDERS!! ;D

Jul 23 13 10:19 am Link

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sweetcheekscouture

Posts: 458

West Palm Beach, Florida, US

Tara Pags wrote:
It can work beautifully. You have to use it MINIMALLY. Like on the back of your hand then dab it out with your fingertip to almost nothing then apply. Here I have used it with Watts Up both under the foundation and on top. Its all about minimal application with products like these. This is a shot from my Iphone.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid … =1&theater

I screw up embedding images all the time so heres the link lol

That is a one gorgeous image. Beautiful job on the makeup smile

Jul 23 13 10:33 am Link