Doing you’re makeup is a breeze these days. Well for those who have the likes of lash extensions and micro bladed eyebrows at least, that’s two steps done of the usual beauty routine before you even get out of bed.
How great would it be if you could wake up with a sheen of glowy highlighter too?
Well now you can. Introducing the ‘Lit Lift‘, an injectable filler technique created by a NYC based plastic surgeon Dr. Dara Liotta
Liotta injects filler into patients’ faces exactly in the same places you normally apply your highlighter: the forehead, cheekbones, brow bones, down the nose, the Cupid’s bow, and on the chin, to subtlety create highlight rather than volume with the product.
“When you use highlighter makeup, you are trying to make it look like the light is hitting you in a certain way,” she says in conversation with
“But with filler, we make it so the light actually hits you that way. With filler, it’s not always about projection, it’s about the way the light hits the skin when the quality is improved. I realized all the things we do with makeup are things I may be able to do in a semi-permanent way with a filler.”
Like with all other fillers, as Liotta uses hyaluronic acid which dissolves and disappears completely over time, the highlighter effect doesn’t last forever.
The process takes 45 minutes total, as many patients won’t need to get every area done and the procedure will be tailored to suit.
“I always start by looking in the mirror along with the patient and I try to get their motivation for coming: what is catching their eye, not mine. Often patients will show me pictures of themselves that they’ve Facetuned, and that can be helpful because it helps get us on the same page. But the goal is not to make a ‘look’ or Instagram face, it’s to maximize their own features. Everyone should look different” – so we won’t look like our favourite Insta filter then, sigh.
Like all other fillers it does hut, but mostly just the first prick of the needle.
Though Liotta helps reduce by numbing skin with ice beforehand and inserts a cannula (a blunt-tipped needle with a hole on one side) to do the actual injecting.
“With the cannula there really is no pain. The cannula just pushes away, it’s not sharp.”
What’s more because the fillers don’t go go very deep into the skin or used in very large amounts there isn’t the the tenderness that other filling techniques can produce.
You think the needles might be the most painful part but you haven’t heard the price tag yet. The the whole face will cost about $4,000.
Is looking golden and glowy around the clock worth it’s weight in gold to you?