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??