I was never one to be overly crazy about highlighting, I already have an oily T-zone and was always afraid it would just enhance it. But with all the craze over strobing, liquid highlighters, etc., I’ve started to fall prey to the lure of glowing skin. Especially since winter is here and I’m just not into having super matte skin like I usually do this time of year, I’ve been using what I’ve got to bring more light to my face. Although I really want to try out the Becca liquid highlighter, I am staying strong and resisting.
Here are some of my faves.
Benefit Watts Up Cream-to-Powder Highlighter. I got this as a point perk from Sephora, but only used it a few times since because I felt like my powder ones were enough. Since I needed to fulfill my need for a liquid highlighter I pulled this out as the next best thing and have been using it almost daily as a base to my powder highlights. It’s a shimmery light champagne shade that is really beautiful. It’s nice on its own too, I’m just in this phase where I want my highlight to be stronger.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal. I’ve mentioned this in a favorites over the past couple of months, and it’s still a favorite. It’s pretty much THE favorite. It’s a soft golden shimmer that is just so perfect. I think it suits my skintone well since its on the warmer side.
The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer. This is a cult favorite and was actually my number one until I started using the Becca highlighter. It’s still just as beautiful, giving a nice pale yellow, champagne sheen to the skin.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Incandescent Light. I use this powder when I want to bring light to my skin, but in a little less obvious way. It’s a soft pearl color that has a sheen, but not a strong shimmer like the others. I use it mostly for times when I’m doing ‘no makeup’ makeup.
MAC eyeshadow in Ricepaper. My favorite inner corner highlight ever. It’s a frost, but not overly so and the buttery golden shade makes it perfect as a highlight that draws attention, but isn’t too much. Just looking at it in the pan, it doesn’t seem like anything to write home about, but really it is.
I swatched them all here, but honestly this picture doesn’t do them justice. They way they catch the light is just beautiful.
Here I’m wearing Ricepaper on my inner corners, along with Watts Up and Opal on the bridge of my nose, cheekbones, and Cupid’s bow. It’s really hard to capture how a highlight looks in reality in a picture, but this was as good as it gets.
BTW, I got my haircut and went darker!
Anyway, please share your favorite highlighters you can’t live without!