Asian woman applying concealer under her eyes

There are many ways to use makeup. You can use it to express your creativity, take on a whole new personality, camouflage scars and discoloration, or highlight your best features. These days, minimalist makeup looks are becoming more popular for its practicality. Plus, extreme contouring as an everyday look is so 2008. If you’re looking to transition into more natural-looking looks, try these fresh and modern ways to highlight your best features with makeup.

Skip the Contour And Highlight Instead

For a fresh, youthful look, embrace your natural face shape and stay away from contouring. Instead, use a creamy highlighter that enhances your bone structure and draws attention to areas that you wish to emphasize, such as the brow bone, the bridge of the nose, the tops of the cheekbones, and your Cupid’s bow.

After cleansing your face, prep by gently patting on a few drops of POND’S Tone Up Milk Essence to instantly hydrate and brighten the skin. It's enriched with milk essence, Vitamin B3, and Instabright technology to nourish your skin and progressively even out your skin tone. After prepping, dab POND’S Instabright Glow Up Cream Pink Crush on areas that you want to draw attention to, as you would a highlighter. We recommend applying it on the tops of your cheeks and the tip of your nose, areas where light naturally hits your face.

Highlight Your “Aegyo Sal”

That pocket of fat right under your lower lash line is called aegyo sal, as in “cute eye fat.” It is considered a desirable feature in Korea and other Asian countries where it’s a symbol of youth and charm. Those who have it can apply a lighter cream highlight or color on the pocket itself. However, if you don’t, you can line the underside of your eyes with brown eyeshadow to create the illusion of a pocket. 

To care for your eyes and keep them looking fresh and bright, apply POND’s Age Miracle Eye Cream. It prevents early signs of aging such as crow's feet with Retinol C Complex and boosts moisture levels to plump the skin with glycerin. 

Use Gloss to Create Fuller Lips

Draw attention to your Cupid’s bow with some clear gloss.

A Cupid’s bow is a facial feature wherein the shape of the upper lip resembles Cupid’s bow. If you consider this your best feature or if you simply want to exaggerate the shape of your lips, you can use two shades of lipstick and a gloss.

First, stain your lips with the darker shade by dabbing the color on with your finger, then apply the lighter shade directly in the center of your lips. Blend lightly and apply a gloss all over, making sure to stay within the lines of your lips for a clean, precise pout.

Brush Up Your Eyebrows

Your thick brows are cool! Use volumizing brow mascara to make them stand out.

Great news: Bushy, caterpillar brows are here to stay. A stark contrast against the overplucked brows of the ’90s, and even the super-defined eyebrows of the 2000s, the bushy eyebrow makes the face look fresh, young, and natural. It exudes a laid-back vibe even if it takes a lot of work. 

First, you have to grow them to maximum bushiness, which takes about two weeks. Next, create the shape that you want by plucking the stray hairs. To style, fill in any bald spots with a brow pencil or a microblading eyebrow pen, and use a volumizing brow mascara with microfibers to thicken your brows and give them that caterpillar look.

Sweep Bronzer on your Cheekbones

While contouring can give your face angles, it tends to make people look older. Bronzer, however, does the opposite. Contour is usually a dark shade that is applied where shadows would naturally fall on your face — under the cheekbones, on your temples, along the hairline, on the sides of the nose, and along the jawline. Bronzer, on the other hand, is a warmer shade with peach or pink undertones that is applied on top of the cheekbones and sometimes over the nose. 

To create a warm, flattering glow, use POND’S Instabright Glow Up Cream Golden Sunshine. A hybrid product that combines makeup and skin care, this has hydrating hyaluronic acid and brightening Vitamin B3 to care for the skin, as well as light-reflecting particles that render skin with a long-lasting, illuminating shimmer. 

To remove makeup, use a hydrating cleanser like Eskinol Naturals Micellar Water Hydrate with natural aloe extracts. This formula removes excess oil without drying the skin and effectively removes all traces of dirt and makeup.

Skip the heavy contour and highlight your best features with quick and easy makeup looks that are suitable for everyday wear.