If there’s one product that we can count on to give us shiny, glowing skin, it’s the highlighter. We have become so obsessed with it that no makeup look is complete without a highlighter. It is the perfect way to add radiance to your complexion and enhance the natural structure of your face – all you have to do is apply it on your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, beneath the brow bone or at the inner corners of your eyes, and voila! you are all set to glimmer.
Here is a little tip if you really want to make your highlighter pop. Spritz your face with setting spray and then apply your favourite highlighter while it’s still drying – you’ll get a candlelit effect that won’t budge.
With so many highlighters – from liquids to powders and everything in between available – it can be quite tricky to know which one is best for you.
Instep gives you a lowdown on six formulas that you can choose from.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter
This highlighter’s one-of-a-kind formula offers a high-shine finish and flattering, soft-focus glow. It is enriched with ultra-fine, multi-toned, luminescent pearls that adjust to your skin’s undertones and amplify your natural radiance. The best part is that it lasts all day and is ideal for a glam night-out. Perfect for all skin tones, the shimmer in this formula almost melts onto the skin, making it appear luminous, naturally.
Laura Mercier Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier’s highlighter is a versatile illuminating powder that gives a dewy finish and brings a natural-looking, radiant glow to the face and cheeks. It’s also easily buildable, so you can go from a soft glow to that intergalactic shine, depending on your mood. Dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested, the unique formula flatters all skin tones and is available in 9 shades.
MAC Strobe Cream
The illuminating cream, containing iridescent particles and antioxidants, boosts, highlights, and luminises your makeup. A tiny bit, patted on with your fingertips, goes a long way. Strobe Cream is the ultimate quick fix for dull, flat or tired-looking skin. Available in shades of pink (original), peach, silver, red and gold, the formula will fulfill all your highlighter needs. This iridescent liquid is best for days when you don’t want to wear makeup but still want your skin to have a perfect, freshly moisturized finish.
Fenty Beauty Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil
Did you know that Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil was inspired by the crystal dress Rihanna wore at the CFDA Fashion Awards in 2014? Well, now you know. This diamond-dusted highlighter applies like a 3D glittering veil, delivering pure, show-stopping sparkle all over the face and body. This silver highlighter is versatile and complements all complexions.
Fenty Beauty Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil gives you a colourless, super-sparkly shimmer and lasts all day long. It features a unique jelly-powder formula that’s bouncy, cool to the touch, and blends really easily.
L’Oreal Paris Infallible Strobe Highlight Stick
L’Oreal Paris Infallible Strobe Highlight Stick gives a super-pigmented, luminous finish that lasts up to 24 hours. This stick formula is not only portable but also blends into the skin effortlessly. The Strobe Stick is an ultra-creamy, blend-able formula that allows you to pump up the glow as much or as little as you’d like. The bold pigment combines with micro pearls, for a luminous glow and an instant flush of colour.
If you are one of those who prefer the no-makeup look, then this product is just perfect for you. This coconut and almond oil infused highlighter stick, gives a shine that’s dewy and not glittery. The great thing about this product is that it hydrates and highlights your skin and gives a natural-looking, subtle glow.