MY TOP 5 HIGHLIGHTERS
Whether you use your highlighter in plenty so you can be seen from the stars or just enough to give your skin a natural glow, there’s no denying that a good highlighter is an important part of your makeup routine. With so many different tones and shades, powders and creams, it can be hard to measure the quality until after you’ve bought it. I’ve put together my top 5 highlighters that I use on a regular basis that I consider good value for money and most importantly, good quality.
The Becca highlighter is a high shine, creamy pressed powder, it’s a very pigmented champagne tone. Used on the high points of the cheekbones, it’s also used commonly on the inner corner of the eye, right at the tear duct and also on the brow bone. Keilidh Cashell swears by this product for the inner corner of her eyes to make them pop. This is best applied with a small fluffy brush. I like to use the Keilidh x SoSueMe brush SK01 for applying highlighter.
A liquid highlighter is sometimes intimidating, not knowing how or when to apply it are generally the main reasons. When applying your makeup you always use all your liquid products first, i.e, foundation, concealer and in this case liquid highlighter. Then you apply any powders you wish to use, setting powder, powder blush, contour etc. Liquids first, then powders. Thats the general rule. If you start applying liquid on top of powder you're going to get a cakey lumpy makeup result.
Taking a drop of your high beam, dot the highlighter on your cheekbones with your finger, and any other highpoint of your face that you would like to enhance. Taking a beauty blender, blend the highlighter into your skin, leaving a dewy and seamless finish. The trick with this highlighter is to make sure its blended in perfectly with no streaks or unevenness.
An oldie but a goodie, The Balms Mary-Lou Manizer is the most gorgeous shade of highlighter. I would consider it quite a cool tone but it has a hue of honey in it, making it an easy shade to wear for day or night. It’s definitely one of my favourites, the pigment is fab and for €22.95 I would consider it good value for money as this will last you for ages. The compact also has a mirror on the inside which is so handy. You can buy this in a travel size as well as full size.
A cream highlighter stick by SoSueMe, the shimmer and glow from this is stunning. Super easy to apply too, simply apply the product directly to the high points of the face. The best way to blend this I find is with a beauty blender, you could use a small round concealer brush either if you prefer. There’s just less chance of streaking with a beauty blender I feel.
Last but not least, Benefit Cookie is a pressed powder highlighter. This is a cool toned pearl shimmer, it looks super silky and soft when applied to the skin, this is great for an inner corner highlight to make your eyes pop also. Best applied with a medium size soft fluffy brush for seamless result.
Although I love them all, I think my the Mary- Lou Manizer and the SoSueMe Glow stick are my top two favourites. All pictures above contain links to a website where you can buy the highlighter.