Our “Better Together” series highlights surprising ways two products become — you guessed it — even better when you use them together.

There are many natural pairs in the universe: namely, salt and pepper, thunder and lightning, yin and yang –  the list goes on. The equivalent to said couplets in the beauty world is as follows: bronzer and highlighter, of course. One simply cannot live properly without the other – what’s a killer shimmery highlight without its contoured jawline sister? They really are better together.

“The metallic highlighter vs. matte bronzer gives amazing dimension and sculpted/reshaping effect,” says Lancôme National Makeup Artist Alex Sanchez. “For a more precise application, I like to apply the Dual Finish Lancôme Highlighter with a wet flat foundation brush to the high points of the cheek and décolleté.” To complement the shimmer on the upper portions of the face, a lower, deeper contour allows for more dimension in the shape and shadow of the face. “Caribbean blood runs through my veins so I love the warmth of that sun-kissed look,” Sanchez says, and his favorite tool to complete a contoured look is the Lancôme Dual-Ended Contour Cheek Brush #25. “The flat oval brush is the perfect scale for a diffused and blended effect along the jaw and forehead,” he says, “and the firm/tight end is perfect for precise chiseling of the nose and cheekbones.” Indeed, you can’t shine bright without a grounded base, so we can’t think of a better pair than these. When it comes to bronzer and highlighter, this is the ideal match.



About the Author:Alanna Martine Kilkeary is a native New Yorker and an assistant beauty editor at She has had the opportunity to grace the digital pages of Harper's BAZAAR, Rolling Stone and Teen Vogue with her words and skills. She runs a literary infused fashion blog in her free time, her heart belongs to William Shakespeare, and most importantly, she believes that Wes Anderson should serve as art director for the entire universe.

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