Much like a piercing strobe light on the dance floor, an electric swipe of neon blush has a way of directing all attention to you. Going beyond the apples of the cheeks, Farolfi applied MAC Pigment in Rose (a vivid fuschia) in a diagonal stripe across cheekbones, followed by a layer of Chanel powder blush in Rose Initial along the edges for a more diffused look. “I wanted to create a punk look without making it too harsh,” says Farolfi. For even more of a wow factor, she dabbed Make Up For Ever Star Lit Diamond Powder just above the blush.

These heavy-metal pigments and glimmering powders are bringing back drama that requires precision and strategic blending, which only makeup brushes can properly execute. As Farolfi tells us while reminiscing about creating these bold looks for Allure, “I didn’t use my fingers.” (Honestly, though, we can’t promise we won’t do a little blending here and there with our fingertips.)

When it comes to shimmer, more is more, which is why frosted lips and radiant skin are necessary. We love a swipe of Pat McGrath Lust Gloss in Astral Moon Flower for a high-shine finish.

Get the look: 

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Rose Initial

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Diamond Powder

Pat McGrath Labs Lust: Gloss in Astral Moon Flower

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