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I don't have the funds or the interest to invest in department store cosmetics. However, there's one non-drugstore product that I will happily splurge on: Benefit High Beam. Touted as "supermodel in a bottle," the complexion enhancer is a pink, pearlescent liquid that gives you a pretty, J.Lo-like glow, and it's super easy to use—even for a makeup novice like me. Just dab a little on your cheekbones and brow bones and blend into your skin with your fingertip. You can also run a little down the length of your nose to add "definition" (I don't exactly know what that means, but I do it anyway).
After a few uses, I learned that the trick to this stuff is to apply it by natural light. Because it has such a subtle shimmer, it's tricky to see exactly how much you're applying, which means only one or two dabs are the difference between channeling J.Lo or Ke$ha.
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