Make Up Review: How To Use YSL Touche Eclat The Correct Way

Author: Boho

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Yay it’s Friday now didn’t that 4 day week just fly by. To finish off the week I have asked our resident beauty expert Jenn Edwards back to the blog and today she is talking to you about make up, more importantly the one and only Touche Ecat. I have to admit I am a massive fan of Touche Eclat and have been using it for years. however I didn’t know it did as much as Jenn is going to explain today! Have you been using it incorrectly? I’d love to hear your thoughts at the end of the post.


I’ll pass you over to Jenn……….

Do you own a YSL Touche Eclat?  Is it buried at the bottom of your makeup bag having been used only once or twice?  If so, it’s likely you’re not using it the correct way and, therefore, are not witnessing just what this little pen is capable of.

Touche Eclat Yves Saint Laurens legendary Touche Eclat was born 22 years ago and sells at a rate of one every 10 seconds worldwide. It is, though, hypothetically the worlds most misused product so, before we start, let me clear up a little misconception…….

Touche Eclat is absolutely rubbish if used as a concealer, that’s because it is not a concealer. I repeat; NOT a concealer.
If you try to use it for covering spots or blemishes, or as an eye corrector, you are going to be very disappointed.  If you try to cover eye bags, or puffiness, you are going to be horrified as they’ll look a whole lot worse.

It’s sole purpose in life is to highlight, and brighten, and emphasize the natural heights of the face.
Once you master the technique you’ll be able to give Kim Kardashian a run for her money.  Whilst we don’t necessarily want the full face of makeup, we can adopt a similar method of makeup placement, and outcome, with varying levels of intensity.

The theory behind it is a basic one: Highlight adds space and light. By placing a little of YSL’s radiance-boosting Luminocaptide Complex in the following areas we can create some amazing effects such as a narrower nose, fuller lips, defined cheekbones etc. all this and a radiant glow to top it off.  I need me some of that for sure!


Here are a few tricks you might like to try for yourself and the photos demonstrate how I apply mine.

  • Tip: Apply product to the skin with the brush but use your litte finger to gently tap and press the product into your skin.  Gently blend the edges until seamless and don’t be too heavy handed as you may disturb the foundation beneath.  Highlighter is always applied over the top of your foundation or base makeup.



Applying in a line down the center of the nose can give an instantly slim lining effect and creates the illusion of a narrower nose.  Remember to keep the line straight and symmetrical and don’t over do it.



Apply at the bottom of your forehead in the center and feather upwards. This simply adds definition, light and radiance to you face.


Brow Bone

Start directly under the brow about half way across, usually this is the highest part of your brow.  Follow beneath the brow to the outer edge.  A single line, brush width, will create enough light and space to give a lifted effect.  Blend down toward the eye until seamless.  I like to highlight above the brow too just on the outer edge only for added definition and lift.


Under eye

Whatever you do, do not fill in the entire under eye area. This is such a common mistake. Apply a little Touche Eclat in the corner of the eye and gently blend out, beneath the eye, on the areas of darkness only. This is usually a V shape.  If you have eye-bags you should lighten the underside of the eye-bag only (the shadowy part) if you cover the entire area your eyes will look puffier and eye bags will look more pronounced



Apply 3-4 small flicks across the highest point of your cheekbone and blend upwards. This will lift, define your cheekbones and brighten your eyes at the same time.



You can easily create the illusion of fuller lips by apply Touche Eclat to the cupids bow.  I like to apply along lip line too but its important that you start at the outer corners and only apply along one third of the lip. It works better to apply lipstick first and only blend the out edges of highlighter.


Please share your own thoughts on the Touche Eclat, or if you have a similar product you love or your own techniquies please share with us in the comments box below. I’d love to hear from you.


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Jenn Edwards



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  1. Nicola

    I love love love this post! I have been wanting to attempt highlighting/contouring for ages and this post makes it seem so simple. I’ve been stuck in a bit of a make-up rut so can’t wait to get my hands on a touch éclat and try it out. X x

  2. Jacqueline Berry

    Have been using touch eclat since it came out (I’m very old) and love it. However, having just looked on your website I realise I haven’t used it to its full advantage. Thank you. Wish I’d known before about the nose and cheekbones. Keep up the good work, pity YSL isn’t as helpful when one buys it.


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