Glowing skin is IN. If you’re feeling like your skin is looking a bit lackluster, a highlighter can accentuate your features if applied in all the right places. Highlighter can give your bone structure a more chiseled look, especially when paired with a strategically placed contour. I wanted to share some of my current favorites, both cream and powder. It’s all about preference! Personally, I like to layer powder highlights on top of creams to make them pop even more.
To apply powder highlighter, use a fan brush and sweep it over the high points of the cheekbone, under the brow bone, the middle of the chin, along the bridge of the nose (this can make your nose appear smaller!) and above the cupid’s bow to give the appearance of fuller lips. If using a cream highlighter, you can use your fingers or a beauty blender to apply.
Favorites – Cream Highlighters:
- For those who want a low-key, subtle highlight for an everyday, minimal makeup look, Glossier’s Haloscope ($22) is perfect. Their highlight stick is ideal for those who are looking for a subtle, low maintenance highlight. It’s a super creamy stick that gives skin a dewy sheen.
- Next, is Watt’s Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter ($30). Also a cream but sets as a powder after drying. It’s a champagne shade, also very subtle but more build able than Haloscope. It’s consistency is easy to blend for a shimmery glow.
- My personal favorite cream is Fenty Beauty’s Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in “Starstruck” ($25), an iced-out pearl shade. This is my go-to! I apply straight onto the cheekbones and then blend with a damp beauty blender.
- Last but not least, is Color FX Custom Enhancer Drops in “Moonlight” ($42).” All you need is a drop or two in your palm, then apply using a damp beauty blender. This product is unique because you can even mix the drops in with your foundation for an extra glow. I’ve even used it as an eyeshadow base!
Favorite – Powder Highlighters:
- My favorite go-to highlight that I usually layer over “Starstuck” is MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish in “Soft and Gentle” ($34).” It’s a gilded peachy-bronze that is flattering on all skin tones. This is my most natural-looking highlighter compared to the next few.
- Looking for a unique highlighter? Too Faced created Diamond Light MultiUse Highlighter ($34) using CRUSHED DIAMOND POWDER & light reflecting pearls. The pigments are gorgeous! It’s a marbleized mix of pink, blue, and canary shades that allows you to customize your highlight. I am obsessed with this multi-colored, holographic highlighter because it’s universally flattering & it’s one of a kind. I’m also a sucker for TooFaced’s pretty packaging ♥
- One of the most talked about highlighters this year is Fenty Beauty’s Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in”Tropy Wife” ($34).” DISCLAIMER: This highlighter is not for the faint of heart. It is the definition of “Extra” BUT if you’re seeking a bold, 3-D, hyper-metallic highlighter to add to your collection, this is a must have. Honestly, I haven’t been able to find anything comparable. You can tone it down if you tap your brush before applying but if applied properly, this highlight can legit be seen from outer space.
Which highlighters are your favorites?