Want to brighten up your whole look? Include a little white makeup in your beauty routine! While most makeup tutorials focus on highlighting to achieve that sought-after dewy glow, white is a shade that’s seriously underrated. It’s a versatile colour that looks fantastic against dark skin tones, and adds another level of brightness to light skin tones.
White nail polish
Right up there with classic red nail polish, white polish is one of the most useful nail colours. It’s perfect for French manicures and many other fancy nail art ideas, and also looks classy and elegant on its own. Our product pick? Try Essie Nail Lacquer in Blanc, formulated to offer superb opaque coverage in just a couple of coats.
A touch of white eyeshadow in the inner corners helps to widen close-set eyes and enhance deep-set eyes too. We recommend NYX Professional Makeup Hot Singles Eye Shadow in Whipped Cream – the incredible pigment and coverage of this product stands out beautifully, even on the darkest of skin tones.
L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Les Ombres Palette in Eternal Blue is another handy eye product that includes a white shadow, along with three other shades that you can use to create the ultimate blue smoky eye.
The best way to instantly brighten tired eyes is to use white eyeliner. An accent of white also makes brightly-coloured eye makeup pop! We love Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Yeyo - a metallic white with excellent staying power, infused with nourishing jojoba oil, vitamin E and cottonseed oil.
While not strictly white, iridescent highlighter applied to the cheekbones does brighten up your whole face and gives your skin a magical radiance. Try Maybelline Facestudio Master Strobing Stick Illuminating Highlighter in Light Iridescent – a creamy formula infused with micro-fine pearls.
White face powder
A good setting powder is an essential part of any makeup routine. While most setting powders look white in the tub, they are usually translucent when applied to the skin. This helps to set your makeup, so it won’t slide off, and to provide a final brightening and mattifying touch. We love Maybelline Facestudio Master Fix Setting + Perfecting Loose Powder – this setting powder creates a soft-focus finish that blurs any imperfections.
Unless you’re deliberately trying to achieve a dramatic all-white look, white makeup should be used sparingly to accent your face and subtly brighten any areas that need attention. That said, don’t be scared to experiment with new products – you can never go wrong with a touch of angelic white.