I love sparkles and I love sheen, but when it comes to highlighting, I am always a little cautious as to how I do it and taking care not to create a mirror-ball effect on my face. Glow is my goal when I highlight my face.
Contouring is a technique I’ve struggled to master – though to be fair I haven’t given it a whole heap of dedication – but highlighting feels more me. Heavy foundation and Kim K contouring I am not. Don’t get me wrong… girlfriend looks amazing, but I don’t have time for that level of make up application on the daily, and I also am not blessed with Kardashian genes to start with, so I’m sticking to highlighting as my extra detail about brows, lips and mascara.
But where does a highlighting virgin begin? Like most beauty products, it is always overwhelming to discover just how many different potions there are on the market and knowing where to start in your quest for the best one for your skin and desired look can be both expensive and confusing. In this roundup, I have looked at a few different formulations – ranging from stick, to liquid to powder based.
Before this sampling exercise, my go to was a Smashbox Soft Lights Shimmer Powder and I was pretty happy with it for a subtle glow but I was curious about other products as this one got close to hitting pan. And so here we are, exploring our options.
Come join me and see if you can’t find something that tickles your highlighting fancy.
I’m loving the stick formulation as they’re perfect for on the go. If you’ve been following me a while, you’ll know that I mostly apply my make up in the car so this handy form of packaging makes it a cinch to swipe on at the lights.
The Smashbox L.A Lights Hollywood & Highlight stick is a blendable lip and cheek highlighter and is a light champagne colour on my skin. It’s the perfect amount of shine but blends to a soft golden sheen. A veil of natural colour that works in conjuction with your own skintone.
The other one I tried that was similar to this is the new Limited Edition Elizabeth Arden Sunset Bronze Prismatic Highlighter. This creamy luminous stick highlighter glides on effortlessly and is slightly more bronzed than champagne in colour. It’s softens to a beautiful glow and is perfect for illuminating cheeks and brow bones. Super smooth and silky to apply too, it goes on like an absolute dream.
The Benefit Shy Beam is quite a different product in this line up. It’s a nude-pink, matte-radiance highlighter. It’s a highlighter, but it’s shimmer-less natural-looking highlighter, making it perfect for contouring and suitable for use under or over make up. It can work for subtle strobing or to give luminosity for a healthy, no makeup glow.
The other way to increase your all over glow is to use highlighting bases and concealers. The Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation has a hydrating matte finish and a velvety smooth feel. With seamless coverage, it’s the perfect foundation for facing the world and it’s a nice affordable option for every day wear.
Concealers are my every day best friend – you know, dark undereye circles thanks to multiple-times-a-night-waking-toddlers and burning the candle at both ends. I always favour a concealer that has a highlighter in it to masque my bags and create an illusion of a fresh faced Mama. A couple in this round up are affordable options. The Collection Cosmetics Illuminating Touch Brightening Concealer is available at Countdown meaning it’s an easy grab and top-up product for everyday use. It contains light diffusing particles to naturally illuminate under eye area and conceal dark circles. This is a lightweight formula and easily blendable.
Alternatively the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer illuminates as it conceals. It glides on smoothly and helps those under eye areas appear brighter and more radiant. Just what you need right?
And finally, the powder highlighters I tried for this collation included a very affordable one from the Collection Cosmetics range – the Contour Kit Highlight & Sculpt and the pearlescent shimmer powder highlights and illuminates facial contours. It’s quite similar in colouring to the Smashbox Shimmer Lights I am a big fan of so it’s nice to know there is a very easily accessible and affordable option with a similar result.
My favourite in powder form was the Wet & Wild Megaglo Illuminating Palette in Spotlight Peach. It cost me a grand total of $11 and has is a combination of four sparkly, illuminating shades that can be worn alone or over makeup to create an iridescent shimmer on your face, neck, chest, and body. Take a big kabuki brush and sweep it through all the colours for a perfect all over sheen.
Here you can see each of the products applied to my inner arm and to the right, blended a little more with my finger.
I’ve found a few new favourites amongst this collection and hope you have found something you love and want to check out for yourself too.
* Some of these products have been sent to me for review. Others have been purchased. All opinions are my own.