Whether I'm going out at night for a few drinks with the girls, going to work or out during the day for a casual lunch and browse around the shops, highlighting my skin is a non-negotiable step in my makeup routine. A soft sweep of highlighter on the tops of the cheeks, down the bridge of the nose, the Cupid's bow and on the centre of the forehead and chin, can instantly lift the skin and give it a new lease of life. While I think some girls can totally pull off the matte look, for me, I prefer a more dewy base with a healthy lit-from-within glow. Our busy schedules can find us neglecting our skin at times and when it's left looking dull and lacklustre, nothing can perk it right back up again like a highlighter for a quick pick-me-up.
Starting off with powder, my first foray into highlighters was with the MAC Mineralise Skinfinishes. Quite popular when I first began consuming beauty YouTube videos and blogs, these dome-shaped powders are soft, blend smoothly into the skin and have a beautiful frosty finish. The shade Lightscapade is described as a "soft candlelit beige with multidimensional shimmer" and looks just as pretty on the skin as those pastel colours all swirled and marbled together look in the pan. Perhaps the most subtle of all the highlighters I have in my collection, it provides a soft, natural glow and would be suitable to use all over the face too. The second shade I own is Soft & Gentle, which contrary to Lightscapade, is the most in-your-face highlighter I own. It's described as a "gilded peach bronze" and while it can have a tendency to look a little glittery, applied with the right brush (I use the MAC 138 Tapered Face Brush), it never looks like too much and will brighten the skin while also adding some warmth to your complexion. At $47 a pop, they aren't exactly the cheapest, but for the high quality, luxurious feel to these powders and for how much product you get in each compact, they really are worth it. I can't imagine ever hitting pan on one of these!
While I'm itching to get my hands on Kevyn Aucoin's The Celestial Powder in Candlelight, the only other powder highlighter I own comes in the form of Topshop's Crescent Moon. Unfortunately, it's been discontinued, but I think The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer would be a good dupe, though I found it a bit too yellow-toned for my liking. I remember when this and Soft & Gentle were quite hyped up a couple of years ago, and not being able to decide which one to get between the two, I ended up buying both and I'm so glad I did! Crescent Moon is a finely milled powder that is neither too yellow or too pink. It's soft and buttery, and when applied to where the sun would hit the skin, it looks ever so dreamy. I'll be the first one to admit I'm a high end snob when it comes to makeup, but clothing or beauty, Topshop just gets it right.
I'm not the biggest fan of cream face products because I find them to require more effort than powder, but I've been using the MAC Cream Colour Bases for a good few years now and I just love them. I find using my fingers gives the best application as it warms up the product and after tapping it gently onto my skin, it seamlessly blends into my foundation. The shade Pearl is a "pale gold with icy shimmer" and this and Lightscapade are my go-to highlighters when I'm wearing more cool-toned makeup. For a radiant sun-kissed glow, I'll turn to Shell, which is a "soft pink beige with shimmer". I've just hit pan on this, so it's obvious which one is my favourite out of the two, and it's one of those makeup items that makes me feel all nostalgic as I wore this all summer long during my travels around Europe.
My last highlighter comes in liquid form, which is Benefit High Beam. A pearlised pink, this highlighter is my favourite to wear on nights out because the sheen this product provides the skin is just absolutely stunning and for some reason, makes me feel more dressed up and glamourous. Using the brush applicator, I tap a few tiny spots of the product onto the places I want my skin illuminated and then blend it in using my fingers. This tiny bottle contains a lot of product, so if using up products concerns you, you can also mix it in with your foundation for a more dewy, radiant complexion.
What are your favourite highlighters?