DIY: The Rose Highlight

Hey guys! How are you doing on this lovely Sunday morning? Well, I’m good and I’m back with a bit of DIY fun for us all today. If you like to keep up to date with the latest makeup trends, you may have seen the new Lancôme La Rôse Blush Poudrer doing the rounds over the past few weeks. Selling for  $60.00, it was an expensive enough purchase for a highlight but people bought it in their droves simply because of how pretty it actually looked. So when I found out it was limited edition and that it was all sold out on their website, I was so disappointed to say the least. Actually no, I was heartbroken.

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It was so pretty…

But the more I read about it online the more I realised that it wasn’t that great a product to begin with. You don’t get much powder in the box, it’s not very shimmery and it’s way overpriced for what you get. So I thought, seeing as I can’t buy it anymore to test it out for myself, why not try and make my own version of it? So if you guys want to see how I put together my own highlight above, just keep on reading! I’ll be listing prices and everything below so you can make your own as well for just €21 (which isn’t as severe on the pocket).

Step 1: Get a Box

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Circular or square will do

So I decided to go for a nice square box and came across this beauty in Dunnes Stores. A candle actually came inside it so it was a bargain and only set me back €8.00. You can stick to the same circular box as the original or you can go for something like this, I just liked the idea of having a nice faux diamond on top to close up the box when I’m not using it. Pretty and cool at the same time!

Step 2: Get a Fake Rose

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Pink or white?

The original highlight obviously has a pink rose but I wanted to go for a nice white one as I wanted to make sure the dye wasn’t going to run over my brushes or ruin my face (can’t be careful enough). You can pick these up separately for €2.00 in Dunnes Stores as well. All you need to do is to remove the stem before you place it in the box and you’re good to go.

Step 3: Get a Highlight

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One that’s preferably white/ cream with gold undertones

Being real, you don’t want to spend too much money on a highlight you’re about to smash up into tiny little pieces. So I picked this one up in Superdrug by Makeup Academy for €4.25. It’s actually a really nice highlight with very high pigmentation so if you’re looking for something that won’t hurt your pocket too much and is of decent value, I recommend this one. It’s also a pretty decent size so you get a lot of product for such low cost.

Step 4: Get some setting spray

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Absolute bargain

This is the final must-have for creating this highlight. You can pick some up in your local Boots for just €6.75. Barry M is a great, fun brand and you can’t really go too wrong with this one. It was sort of great timing with it as I had just run out of my last bottle- well worth the spend trust me!

So after you have all your shopping done, what do you do? Well you don’t just shove the flower in a box and sprinkle highlight over it… I know what you’re thinking! No, I decided if I was going to do it, it was going to be just right. So, you’ll need a spoon and a small plastic sandwich bag. First, scoop out the highlight into the bag and keep pressing down on it with the spoon until all the lumps are gone and you’re left with a nice, fine powder. Next, spray the flower with the setting spray to make it slightly damp. Pop the flower into the bag with the powder and roll it around vigorously making sure that it’s fully coated. 

You can now take the flower out of the bag and place it gently in the box et voilà! It’s done. I was surprised initially by how gold the flower turned out with the highlight powder coating it but I think it really made it look so nice and rustic. All you need to do now is get some makeup on, get out your kabuki brush and sweep it across your cheekbones to make them pop. The colour transfer on to the brush is very similar to what you would have gotten out of the pan so really there isn’t a whole pile of product wastage which is great. Plus, it’s nice to have something pretty to display on your makeup stand, don’t you agree?

Let me know if you’ve tried this out for yourself in the comments below and until next time…

-RTG 

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