Monday, December 5, 2011

My Favourite Cheek Highlights

I used to consider myself a blush girl, I loved it and it was my favourite makeup item to buy. Nowadays I am definitely more of a highlight girl. There is just something so beautiful about a perfectly highlighted cheek bone. 

I have collected quite a few highlighters lately and thought I would share my faves. First I will talk about my fave liquid highlighters.

Revlon Skinlights in 01 Natural Light (Discontinued)

This stuff is amazing, its a liquid illuminator that gives your cheeks a beautiful natural looking dewiness. It's also a great base for a powder highlight to make them last longer. This was discontinued a while back :( and my tube only has a little left so I am savouring every drop. On ebay this fetches about $100AUD!!

Nars Liquid Illuminator in Orgasm (RRP $29USD)

This illuminator has a thin consistency and is a pretty pinkish colour. However once blended out it's not too pink for a highlight. It is quite shimmery so I wouldn't recommend using a highlighter over the top or a shimmery blush. I have used this as my blush and highlight before and it looked quite pretty. 


MAC Paint Pot in Rubenesque ($35AUD or $17.50USD)

I've had this paint pot for ages but never thought of using it as a cheek highlight until a few days ago. I never really loved it as an eyeshadow base as I found the consistency too thin and not pigmented enough, but this means it works great as a cheek highlight! If you own this give it a go.

Now onto the powder highlights...

Dior Amber Diamond ($51.50AUD on StrawberryNet)

Hands down my favourite highlighter. It's absolutely gorgeous. You can layer it lightly for a really pretty natural looking highlight or keep laying for a more dramatic obvious highlighted look. You can't really go wrong with this one.

Nars Albatross (RRP $27USD or $49AUD)

Albatross is a white highlighter with an obvious golden sheen. This is more of an obvious highlighter and I love using it for nights out. 

BYS Blusher in Peach Sundae (RRP $3.95AUD)

Yes this is a blush but its a really light apricot toned blush that is light enough for me to use as a highlighter. It gives a gorgeous sheen to the cheek bone and is another favourite of mine for a night out. Before I bought Amber Diamond this was my HG highlighter.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Sin (RRP $17USD)

Another product which isn't marketed as a highlight I know but trust me this is insanely gorgeous on the cheeks. It is more obvious than your typical highlight so definitely use a light hand to apply but it gives you a beautiful pinky shimmery highlight. 

BYS Baked Bronzer in Golden Shimmer ($8.95AUD)

This is marketed as a bronzer but it is far too golden and shimmery for that. Instead I use this sparingly as a highlight when I am going for a bronze look and want to add a bit of golden shimmer to the tops of my cheeks.

Want to see swatches??

L-R: Revlon Skinlights, Nars Illuminator, MAC Paint Pot
L-R: Amber Diamond, Albatross, Peach Sundae, BYS bronzer, UD Sin
And what do I use to apply these highlighters??

T-B: Tapered Highlighter F35, Tapered Blending E40, Foundation F60.

For applying all my powder highlights I tend to use the Sigma Tapered Highlighting brush (F35) as it is the perfect size to just swipe on your highlight colour. If I want more precise application or I am using an eyeshadow I use the smaller Tapered Blending brush (E40) and if I am using a cream I tend to favour my foundation brush (F60).

What are your favourite highlighters?? Do you favour cream/liquid or powder products??

Hannah xox


Makeup and Macaroons said...

Great choices, I'm absolutely loving my Dior Amber Diamond too. Well worth the price I paid on Strawberry net. And I love how you use Sin to highlight, it's a gorgeous colour so why not!


Priyanka said...

Rubenesque as a highlight, will definitely try that out, good idea:)

I love Albatross for nights out, its gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

these are all great choices, i have never tried nay of these

Haute_Style said...

OMG I want the Amber Diamond SO BAD! I keep seeing it pop up everywhere :(
Great choice in products! Awesome post! There's nothing as pretty as a gorgeous highlighter!

Hannah said...

@Lilit; I got mine on strawberrynet too so so worth it! It's so beautiful. Yeah I've really been looking at my whole collection to see what I can use as a highlighter its given me a lot more options.

@Priyanka; Try it, it's really pretty! And has given me another use for it seeing as I wasn't that impressed with it as a cream shadow.

@CottonCandyINK; Thanks!!

@Anni; Get it get it get it get it! Its so gorgeous you definitely won't be disappointed. It's still on strawberrynet! haha

Sd said...

I love everything you mentioned! ,My fave highlighter is Mc's Improper Copper and recently Benefit's Watts up!

Hannah said...

@Sd Ooo I want Benefit Watts Up! I tested it in store its so pretty xo

Rose said...

My favourite highlighter is my Dior Pink Lace Highlighting powder! I think Nars Albatross is now on my wishlist!

Sharon said...

I was also so bummed when they discontinued that revlon one! i love it