#BeautyTalk | To Highlight Or Not Plus Tips To Avoid Looking Like A Glitter Ball

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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.

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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:

Guerlain Meteorites Pearls d’Etoiles

Mirabella Swirling Pearl

Laura Geller French Vanilla Baked Highlighter

gloMinerals Shimmer Duo

Any tips you’d like to add? 

What’s your fave highlighter?


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20 Comments

  1. April 30, 2015 / 2:52 pm

    I like either a fan brush or the long Sonia Kashuk brush that you're showing for highlighting.

  2. April 30, 2015 / 6:42 pm

    The CT Bronze & Glow is my jam. Quick and easy for every day. I love that I use it 5 days a week at least and there's still not a big dip in either side!

  3. April 30, 2015 / 7:02 pm

    Such great tips. I've recently seen a lot of youtube reviews on the Mirabella highlights, and they are so pretty.

  4. April 30, 2015 / 7:10 pm

    I want the Charlotte Tilbury palette sooooo bad! I am very subtle with my highlights because I'm always scared I'll go out into natural light and be glowing by accident hahaa.

  5. April 30, 2015 / 7:35 pm

    I love using highlighter! These are great tips Kath!

  6. April 30, 2015 / 7:41 pm

    I love highlighting. I do it every time I wear makeup.

  7. April 30, 2015 / 11:48 pm

    Highlighting is a MUST for me. It adds light to the face when it is most needed! Great tips! <3

  8. May 1, 2015 / 1:04 am

    Great article, you really hit on all the important points

  9. May 1, 2015 / 1:59 am

    I agree. Highlighting, done correctly with beautiful products is flattering and youthful for us more mature people.

  10. May 1, 2015 / 11:27 am

    great tips! I need to try the Laura Gellar vanilla, it's so pretty!

  11. May 1, 2015 / 2:08 pm

    Great points, especially one and two. I'm sick of people highlighting everything! You're right, one should focus only on the areas they want to bring attention to aka highlight lol.. If only people followed this.

  12. May 1, 2015 / 3:16 pm

    What an amazing post, and a gorgeous selection of highlighters! Fab tips, twinsy!

  13. May 1, 2015 / 6:33 pm

    I love highlighting and rarely do it with contouring. Especially this time of year

  14. May 2, 2015 / 4:51 am

    Such great tips! I avoided highlight for a long time because I was afraid it was just going to look like a glittery/shimmery mess, but it's now on my favourite items to collect.

    • May 4, 2015 / 5:09 pm

      I had the same dilemma but it really is a nice addition to our beauty stash

  15. May 2, 2015 / 8:41 pm

    Great tips. I love a good highlight but I don't want to look like i sweat glitter!

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