Now we’ve officially hit summer (even if the weather is doing its best to contradict us…), I have been ALL about the glowy, bronzed, ‘I just got back from a week in the Maldives‘ type makeup. And when I’m in this mood, the absolute essential product has to be a highlighter.
I feel like highlighters have really taken off in the last few years, thanks to YouTubers and bloggers like Jaclyn Hill and Kathleen Lights. There’s now all sorts on the market, from powders to creams, golden glitter to silver shimmer, and strobing has even replaced contouring as the new ‘It-girl’ of makeup techniques.
I still remember my first highlighter purchase back when I was about 14 and just starting to wear makeup (but had absolutely no clue what I was doing with it). It was from Revlon and I took it home and promptly smeared a big blob of it all over my face. I must have looked like a greasy discoball. Thankfully, I’ve learned a lot since then and now know highlighters should be used sparingly to bring out the high points of your face (think cheekbones, brow bones, and the cupid’s bow). A little goes a long way, and these are the three I reach for when I really want to do my best J.Lo impression and get my #highlightonfleek.
The Glow-From-Within Shimmer: Benefit High Beam
If I’m going for a more natural, sheeny look, then I love a good cream-based highlighter. This one by Benefit was actually the first high-end product I ever bought when I was about 16, and I’ve loved it ever since! It’s a pearly, pink-toned shade which blends out beautiful into a satin finish. Because it’s a shimmery cream, rather than a powder, it looks a quite subtle so if you’re not into anything full-on, I think you’ll love this. I would say High Beam is aimed at fairer skinned girls though, so if you’re olive or dark skinned, I would maybe look into Sun Beam which has a more golden tone.
As soon as I’ve got even a hint of a tan, this swiftly becomes my most reached for highlighter. I love that it’s got the blend of different shades, so you can either use a small brush for precision and just use one of the shades or, like I tend to do, just take a fluffy brush, swirl it all around and swish it over the high points of your face. It’s a beautiful golden bronze and at only £4.99, such a bargain!
I think this has to be the queen of all highlighters and if I could only choose one, this would be it. A classic golden shimmer, this will look beautiful on all skin tones, and just looks so perfect swept down cheekbones or even used as an eyeshadow. Beware though, this packs a serious punch, so start off sparingly and add more if needed!
I hope you guys enjoyed this post! What do you think of my highlighter picks? And what are your favourite ‘glow-givers’?
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Thanks for reading! Joanna xxxxx