A few weeks ago, I shared a Tweet about wanting to do some more collaboration posts, that’s how I met the lovely Amy from Lust For Beauty. She to was on the lookout for other bloggers to collaborate with, and so, we decided to put together this very special collaboration post. Ever since doing my first collaboration a few months ago, I have been keen to do more. (It’s so nice meeting and getting to know other bloggers.) Make sure to check out Amy’s post and blog – she shares lots of lovely posts about beauty and fashion.
After sending a few messages back and forth, we discovered our shared OBSESSION with highlighters, and so the idea for this post was born. We decided that we’d each share three of our favourite highlighters; one powder, one cream and one stick highlighter, and tips and tricks for getting the best from them. Ever since learning how to use highlighter from a family friend who happens to be a makeup artist, I have fallen madly in love with the shimmery beautifulness of them, and have since been stockpiling. (It’s a problem – I need to stop buying highlighters!)
The makeup products I use tend to change from month to month but right now my favourite highlighters are these three bad boys. As well as sharing with you why these are my must-have strobing essentials, I’ll also be explaining how I use each of these shimmery bad boys.
Powder Highlighter: Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in Pink Bronze, £4.99
My first ever highlighter, the one that started it all, the Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick is seriously impressive, especially as it’s the creation of a budget-friendly brand. A fantastic dupe for the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks priced at £33 each, this low-cost alternative is everything that you could want in a highlighter.
Available in two shades Pink Bronze and Gold Bronze, this beautiful brick is suitable for every skin tone. As I’m quite fair skinned, I thought the gold shades would be too dark, so I opted for Pink Bronze, and I am so glad that I did. The Pink Bronze brick contains two pink toned shades and two golden-hued colours, making it perfect for bronzing and highlighting at the same time. The four shades are all buttery soft and intensely pigmented and compliment each other incredibly well, giving my skin a beautiful subtle shine.
I tend to use this highlighter for strobing my cheeks and always apply it after the rest of my makeup – my foundation, blusher, everything. Using my blusher brush, I sweep a small amount across my cheekbones and up towards my forehead, stopping just above my eye. I have used the lighter shades to highlight the bridge of my nose and my cupid’s bow before, but it looked a little too dark for my liking.
Cream Highlighter: Topshop Glow in Polished, £9
A fairly new buy, Topshop Glow had been on my beauty list for a while, as I’d heard a lot of good things from other bloggers about it. A couple of weeks ago I decided that I deserved a treat and ordered myself a pot of Topshop Glow in Polished. It might have cost £9 for a small pot but after some playing around with it, I’ve learnt that a little goes a long way.
I love how pretty this highlighter is, it’s so beautifully pearly and creamy. It’s somewhat hard to describe – in some lights it has a pinky, opalescent tone, in others it’s simply shimmery. It’s a completely universal highlighter that works well on all skin tones but is incredibly difficult to describe – the best word for it has to be ‘pearly’. The texture is wonderfully soft and smooth, making it incredibly easy to blend.
I tend to use this highlighter for strobing my cupid’s bow and under my brow bones, I rarely use it on my cheeks. The easiest way to apply it is using your fingertips, as the heat from your hands helps to warm it up, making it easier to blend and use. What I LOVE about this product is that it doesn’t lift makeup underneath it, like so many cream formulas do. Once applied to the skin, the cream formula transforms into a powder, helping to ensure that it lasts well.
Stick Highlighter: No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter, £9.95
I must admit, the No7 counter is one that I normally walk past – I’ve always thought of it as being a more mature makeup brand. However, when I saw their beautiful Instant Radiance Highlighter on display in my local store, I was quickly drawn to it. A total dupe for Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight – RRP £19, the No7 highlighter is a twist up stick that’s soft and smooth and a total dream to apply.
Available in two shades – a pearly pink and a darker, copper colour, this handy highlighter is perfect for all skin tones. For darker skin, the copper coloured highlighter is perfect, for paler skin, the pearly pink shade is ideal. Complete with beautiful, iridescent undertones, this cream-based highlighter gives skin a pearly, natural glow.
Because of it’s beautifully light, creamy formula, this highlighter can be used anywhere – cheeks, brow bones, cupid’s bow, and so on. Personally, I tend to use it on the tops of my cheekbones and along the bridge of my nose. To blend it, I find using my fingers the best bet as it helps to warm it up, making it easier to use.
What are your favourite highlighters? Do you have a go-to product that you love? Let me know by commenting below.