21 October, 2015 Top Six: Highlighters and Brightening Powders
You’d think with my oily complexion I’d be steering clear of twinkly, sparkly highlighters, but recently, I’ve really enjoyed dipping into my stash of brightening and transforming powders. Highlighters have the ability to create a lit-from-within glow that truly enhances and completes any makeup look. From everyday subtle neutrals to full-on glam, I love to pair a makeup look with a corresponding touch of sheen. I’ve compiled a list of my favourite shades, ranging from golden champagnes to cooler rose and lavender powders – there’s definitely something for everyone!
Starting from left to right, my first highlighter recommendation is the MAC Beauty Powder in Shell Pearl (£23+ here). This limited edition powder came out AGES ago, but it’s still one of my favourite pale pinks that brings a soft glow to the skin. The pigmentation is so sheer – not nearly as intense as the swatch in real life – and it looks lovely with a tan.
The Balm’s Mary-Lou Manizer (£17.50 here) is one of those products that receives universal approval from bloggers – it’s the perfect blend of honey, champagne and silver tones, that creates a glossy effect with just a few brush strokes. It’s also brilliant as an eyeshadow when applied all over the mobile eyelid, coupled with a matte brown in the crease. It’s super creamy and rich, and a gorgeous shade for most skin tones.
You probably know by now how much I adore Charlotte Tilbury, and her Filmstar Bronze and Glow (£49 here, full review here) is one of her best-sellers for a reason. The highlight shade is a true champagne, with gold micro-shimmer running through it. The effect is luminous and pearly without looking glittery, and the hints of peach make it great for warmer skin tones, or those who lean more olive.
For a powder that brightens the overall complexion rather than defining the high points (cheekbones, cupid’s bow, brows and nose), the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light (£38 here) is a great option. The formula is so light and buttery that it glides onto the skin and blurs over pores and fine lines, and it’s great to set foundation and concealer too. Diffused Light is a creamy pale yellow that makes skin look radiant and healthy.
If I’m in the mood for an intense, wet-look highlight, I’ll reach for one of my newest purchases – the ColourPop Pearlised Highlighter in Wisp ($8 here, review here). This affordable, luxe-feeling highlighter is incredibly creamy, with a mousse-like texture that makes finger application essential. I like to dab on this pale bronze highlight to my cheekbones and in the inner corners of my eyes, or on top of a copper-brown smoky eye for some sparkly contrast.
My last highlight shade is the rosiest of the bunch – MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle (£24 here). There is SO much glitter in this compact, but I kind of love it. The texture is a lot grittier than other highlighters, but the glow this gives can’t be beaten. I like to apply it with a fan brush to dial down the intensity, or apply with a finger in a light tapping motion. The frosted finish marries beautifully with the cool pinks and warm golds in the plan, and when applied as an eyeshadow, it brings out multiple tones in my rather humdrum brown peepers, which is always nice!
What are your thoughts on these six highlighters? Have you got any recommendations for me? Share your thoughts below!
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