I’m drawn to anything iridescent, shiny or shimmery. So, it’s no surprise highlighter is one of my favourite beauty products. Back when highlighter was just called highlighter and strobing meant extremely bright flashing lights, I was still a fan. And although I’m an oily skin kinda gal, it hasn’t put me off adding yet more shine to my face in attempt to master a dewy glow. I prefer to keep my foundation matte, then add highlighter strategically – rather than going with my natural complexion and letting shine reign unchecked (come 3pm it’s no longer in my hands anyway; oily skin always gets its way in the end). Still, I adore the high-shine cheekbone look, so I’m sharing the best I’ve ever come across, here’s my round up of the 5 best highlighters…
5 best highlighters
Best luxury highlighter: Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder
When I first bought this I was disappointed. (Why’s it in the top 5 highlighter round up I hear you ask, just bear with me…). Given its price tag, I was expecting big things and I just wasn’t feeling the results. I felt like it was too ‘pink’ and just sat on top of my skin. But at £34 I wasn’t ready to give up, plus I LOVE Hourglass products so I knew I had to persevere. I tried it most days and eventually I got the hang of it – it’s all in the application. Instead of sweeping it up the cheekbones with a brush, dab it. I use a Real Techniques Contour Brush and lightly press it along cheekbones and on the tip of my nose. This disperses the fine Hourglass Strobe Powder far better, leaving a light but visible iridescent sheen on the skin.
I now absolutely love this highlighter. In fact, it would probably be one of my desert island products IT’S THAT GOOD. The powder is super fine and great quality. Plus, once it’s on, it doesn’t move about on the skin, it stays where it’s applied and has a really ethereal, glowy quality. There are four Hourglass Strobe Powders to choose from, each highlighter is named after a type of light effect including Brilliant Strobe Light, Euphoric Strobe Light, Incandescent Strobe Light and Iridescent Strobe Light. I’m going still deciding between Brilliant and Euphoric for my next purchase…
Best Multi-use Highlighter: Topshop Glow Pot
I adore this little glowy pot of golden cream. Soft, shimmery and available in two colours, this cream highlighter is easily applied – dabbed onto skin with the tips of your fingers – and blends seamlessly. This is the first of about 3 highlighters I use, to create a fresh, healthy glow. The Topshop Glow Pot is really shiny, so you literally need the smallest amount to make an impact, and at £9 it’s not going to break the bank.
I chose Gleam, a beautiful metallic gold. I’ve got so many white-toned highlighters it’s nice to have something a little different. This also really compliments a tan, and helps achieve a glowy golden makeup look. I even use this on my eyelids and across cheekbones it’s so versatile.
Best budget highlighter: MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powder
This is one of the best highlighters on the high street. Unlike many other affordable highlighters that can look a little too OTT, this powder is ground super fine for a multi-dimensional shine. Whether fair or dark skinned I can imagine this looking beautiful brushed along cheekbones as it has a subtle gold sheen running through the powder. The MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powder can be built up for a more intense effect, and brushed along collar bones and shoulders for a natural looking glow. There are several MAU highlighters to choose from, but I went for the iridescent gold – a universally flattering shade.
At just £3 (YES, £3!) for a MAU highlighter, it’s definitely one of the best options if you’re on a budget.
Best liquid highlighter: NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator
This lovely liquid comes in four different shades. The NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator
in Sunbeam is pretty much a dupe of Benefit’s High Beam, although the consistency is slightly thicker than its higher priced rival. I bought this illuminator in the shade Gleam recently and love the shimmery, glowing effect that it gives to skin. I think it’s the perfect thing to pack if you’re going off on holiday, as some of the more bronze shades really complement golden skin. It’s also highly pigmented, so a little goes a long way.
When I’m using the NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator, I’ll apply foundation first then dab a little of this onto cheekbones, pressing it into the skin with warm fingertips as opposed to a makeup brush. After, I might add a touch of a more white-toned highlighter to really emphasise shine. At £7 I think it’s a great affordable liquid highlighter. It lasts well, sinks into skin seamlessly and there’s a great choice of shades – I’ll be buying this in Sun Goddess before my next holiday!
Best Highlighter for Beginners: Rosie For Autograph Strobe Stick
This is a super easy stick highlighter. It’s perfect for beginners and pros alike, with a pearly, high-shine finish. I’ve written a full review on the Rosie for Autograph Makeup line before, and this is still one of my favourite products from the range. This cream highlighter would be great to take on holiday; it’s small and handy, plus it won’t crumble in your bag due to its stick-like packaging.
This is great for running along cheekbones, down the nose and across collar bones for a subtle yet effective highlight. It’s not super pigmented but really produces a beautiful shine – brilliant for those who are a little under-confident with highlighters. It’s hard to get this product wrong, simply run or dab it where you want and pat it into skin gently with your fingertips! Just don’t apply too much pressure when using it or you run the risk of smudging off your foundation beneath.
So that’s my 5 best highlighters round up! What are your favourites?
Until next time,