ove or hate the whole contour phenomena its pretty hard to avoid. However, even if full on Kim K style contouring isn’t your thing, one aspect of the light and shade process I believe we can all benefit from is to highlight. If you want to add some extra glam to your makeup look and help ‘light up’ your features particularly in photos, then you need to add a highlighter/illuminator product to your bag of tricks.
But where to start? With a multitude of powder, creme and liquid options never mind the matte, shimmer and iridescent finishes to choose from, selecting the perfect highlighter for you can be a daunting task. So, as a fully fledged highlighter obsessive I thought I’d share with you my favourites….
£9 and available instore and online
Glow is a fab cream highlighter that blends really easily into the skin and gives the most beautiful reflective glow when applied. This is one of my go-to products along with the Topshop chameleon powder. I’m such a fan I brought both products to Italy for my MUA to use on me on my wedding day!
(Wearing both Topshop Glow and Chameleon on my wedding day last month)
2. CHAMELEON HIGHLIGHTER IN ‘MOTHER OF PEARL’ BY TOPSHOP
£12.50 and available instore and online.
The Chameleon in ‘mother of pearl’ is a translucent luminous highlighter powder with a golden/bronze shimmer that adds that extra touch of strobe glam to your makeup for the evening or special occasions. I always pair this with a cream highlighter usually the Glow pot I mentioned above or to compliment the iridescent cream highlighter in my SoSu contour palette.
£32 at Space NK/House of Fraser and all Laura Mercier suppliers.
This is the latest highighter in my collection and I’m absolutely in love!! The pigment and strobing power of this powder is amazing and the smooth, silky texture is fabulous. The only downside is this ones on the pricey side but in my opinion it’s worth it. It’s the perfect beauty lovers treat and this shade compliments all skin types.
£15 available online at Makeup London Academy
The MLA liquid shimmer roll-on is what I like to call a ‘finisher’ product. It has a beautiful gold shimmer that really accents the cheeks and it’s a great product to use on top of your foundation or along with a powder (non-shimmer) highlighter. This is super easy to apply as you can literally just roll it onto the area you want to highlight and lightly blend. You can also use it on the eye area alongside your eyeshadow or on its own, so it’s a handy and versatile little bottle to have in your makeup kit.
£4.99 from Boots and other pharmacies instore and online.
This is a fab little go-to for your daily makeup routine and gives a more subtle, light glow to the highlighted areas. It’s a lightweight liquid product that is best just lightly brushed on to the cheekbones and nose tip for a luminous look or you can blend with your foundation for an all over subtle glow. Alternatively with the right colour shade you can also use without your foundation for that sunkissed look. It is also a very buildable product if you want to create a bigger impact.
Complete palette £9.99 from Superdrug and other pharmacies.
I know this is a blog on highlighters but I cannot recommend this little contour palette as a whole, highly enough. I literally use it every time I do my full makeup in some way, it’s absolutely fantastic. The contour powder and bronzer are both great shades and have great staying power. If your nervous about contouring or just getting started this is a great little palette for beginners and pros, plus you get a highlighter, bronzer and contour powder all together for just £9.99 so it’s super handy for travelling or popping in your handbag. But anyways…. back to the highlighter. I adore the powder highlighter in this palette (as you probably can tell from the photos). It gives a fabulous shimmer finish and the light reflecting pigments in the powder really catch the light.
So that’s my current highlighter faves. Obviously there’s lots more options and brands on the market and I haven’t tried them all, but at the moment I think these are a good mix of product types and price points.
Feel free to share your favourites in the comments for other readers!