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If there is one makeup item which is quite discriminatory in my opinion, it has to be the flamboyant highlighter. Got face craters, acne, oily skin, and obvious pores made worse by aging? Now before you quit and ban the existence of such in your beauty trove, hear me out first. Applied correctly and worn sparingly, there is hope in highlighter ladies! And yes, I speak from experience.
1. Consider the finish and texture. This is where quality comes into play so it does pay to invest! Stay away from anything glittery and opt for finely-milled, feels-like-second-skin products. Great highlighters make you look glow from within and not expose the flaw. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow remains a personal favorite because it’s a handy palette for contouring and highlighting (reviewed here). The highlighter on this duo has a golden base which flatters any skin tone. Formula is relative but powders work for me more than liquid or cream.
2. Don’t go overboard. Select one or two facial features at a time to highlight. If you have oily skin, use matte foundation then highlight the cheekbone light-handedly. Dewy foundation + highlighter = disco ball, trust me. If you want to illuminate and open your eyes, highlight the inner corner and brow bone. Makeup should work in harmony, that’s how I view it overall.
3. Use the right tools. Fan, pointed, domed are some of my go-to brushes when it comes to highlighting because they deposit the least amount of product and at the same time allow you to control the placement.
4. Highlighting without Contouring. Of course it’s possible. Unless your job calls for a well-chiseled face 365d, who needs depth and dimension every single day? Let’s get real here ladies. Much as I love makeup, I’m not leaving the house in full Kim Kardashian mode five days a week in my scrubs. Of course there are days I want to glammify, but let me tell you, going au naturel looks just as fabulous too!
Check out the reviews, swatch and more photos of the highlighters I featured for today’s post:
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What’s your fave highlighter?