As a self-confessed flat face, I’m a huge fan of contouring and highlighting. I’ve reviewed lots of blushers and bronzers which I use for the contouring part and now, it’s time for the bright side!
When it comes to highlighters, there are so many types available it’s hard to decide. Cream highlighters, powder highlighters – gold toned, pink toned – where do we begin? Do we need so many? Why does it come in so many colours?
Never fear my pretties, I’m here to lay it allllll down. If you are new to the world of highlighting – check out my MUA powder highlighter review and my Where To Apply Touche Eclat for my attempt to draw diagrams…!
But if you’re a seasoned highlighting pro, you know as well as I do that you want, desire and NEED the whole range of highlighters in your arsenal. Are you missing anything?
Here’s my pick of the bunch.
Why so many highlighters?
As with the rest of your makeup – different highlighters are used for different looks and effects. Your skin type and makeup application skills will work best with a specific texture and if you haven’t found it yet, you’re missing out!!
First, let’s talk colour. Whilst you can get white, lavender, pearl or gold – essentially, it boils down to warm tone vs cool tone and shimmer vs matte.
For the most natural effect, warm tones & olive skin should look at golden highlighters and pale, cool toned skin should look at pink/pearl colours. Think bout it – do you look better in gold, or in silver tones?
Neutral toned girls should be able to get away with both! I’m a neutral/warm tone so my collection is a bit of everything. (Oh yeah, and I’m obsessed with buying and hoarding makeup, so that may be related..)
Cream highlighter – for a dewy glow, cream highlighters sink into skin and can be applied with brushes, fingers or even straight from the stick. Cream highlighters can give the most natural effect but they can also be the most intense if applied straight up!
My pick of cream highlighters is the Benefit Watts Up! which is a lovely rose/champagne colour and comes with a little blending sponge too. This is perfect for warm skin-tones and great with a tan. Topshop Glow Highlighter in Gleam came a close second but was harder to use as it comes in a pot.
Powder highlighter – use powder highlighter for a soft-focus, diffused effect which you can layer up easily for the intensity you want. Great for oily or sensitive skins, I often find powder easier to blend and more forgiving than cream highlighters.
I recommend the MUA Undress Your Skin highlighter which I reviewed here. It’s great for targeted highlighting or even an all-over finish and IT’S SO CHEAP. It’s a great budget alternative for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder or MAC Skinfinish.
Liquid highlighter – this can be pinpointed onto skin for razor-sharp detail or mixed into liquid foundations and blushers for an all-over glow.
For me, the YSL Touche Eclat is ideal and my review shows all the ways you can use liquid highlighter, but I’ve picked the Benefit High Beam as it’s slightly more pearlized, the extra shimmer reflects light a bit more – and it’s a bit more versatile to use. I’d probably also nominate MAC strobe cream, if I owned it!!
As you can see, the textures, colours and finishes are all so different!! The Watt’s Up cream highlighter has an amazing golden tone, and the High Beam gives the sheerest finish.
And before you think of asking me, I couldn’t pick a favourite! I need them all for different occasions!
And I STILL don’t have enough. For now – I favour shimmery highlighters as I’m after a dewy glow – however, come the summer and the heat (hopefully), I’ll be looking for a matte highlighter to add to my collection.
Oh, and I need a gold-tone powder next… and then a liquid gold higlighter.. and then a white one… just GIMME ALL THE HIGHLIGHTERS.
Do you use any of these highlighters? What is your favourite texture to work with?
What highlighters do I need to add to my kit?! Give me your recommendations!
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