The highlighting trend is going nowhere fast – you can’t turn a corner in Mecca or Sephora without seeing another shiny, new palette on the shelves, so I thought that I’d chip in my thoughts on the best of the best for adding a bit of light and dimension to fair skin.
One of my favourite podcasters (is that a word?) is Lindsey Kelk, Harriet Hadfield’s co-pilot on their podcast Full Coverage. She’s remarkably even paler than me – I’m a redhead so few manage to stake that claim – with uber alabaster skin, rather an impressive obsession with all things shiny and a make up lover who turns herself into a human glitter ball whenever possible. But whilst she’s the first person to admit that she prefers to go all out shiny robot – with a glow that could take out your retina at 50 paces – I prefer to plump for a more subtle glow. And I have to say, I think that this collection has something for everybody; I know that most are on the pricier scale so sorry about that, but you put such a teeny dab (or sweep) of these products on your skin that they’ll last you a lifetime. Well that’s what I tell myself when I justify buying yet another tube of loveliness to add to my stash!
Becca Backlight Priming Filter Face Primer – $38
A bit of a cheat to start with – as it’s not technically a highlighter – but I’ve always liked to use illuminating primers as a subtle highlight and this is a corker of a product. Becca nail the highlighter category in general (and I keep promising to buy myself their Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal..or even Pearl..I could go either way really) but this is a great option if you’re a fan of erring on the side of natural with your cheek products. I have mixed this in with a concealer or tinted moisturiser for real ‘no make up’ days where I just need a bit of correction, evening out and radiance; applied it under primer as a traditional primer that gives your base a nice luminescent glow; or as a liquid highlighter that I’ve dabbed on the high points of my face.
Estee Lauder Illuminating Perfecting Primer – $50
A similar concept – in the way that I use this – but at a slightly higher price point. I love this primer and enjoy it particularly when my skin’s in good shape and I just want a little something something; I mix it in with a liquid concealer – think bareMineral’s Complete Coverage Serum Concealer – and use my fingers or a BeautyBlender to apply it to create a nice simple base.
Mecca Cosmetica – Enlightened Lit From Within Illuminating Balm – $32
And finally, on the non-powder side of things, this is a fairly new addition to my collection and was a a Beauty Loop gift from the lovely folk at Mecca. It’s a beautifully creamy texture and a subtle pale gold which melts effortlessly into the skin to give a natural, glowing finish to your skin. Much recommend!
The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer – $29.95
And moving on to powders – which in the summer I tend to reserve for more of an evening look to be honest – this one’s a cult classic and for good reason. It’s probably my most intense option – as it can pack a real shimmery punch – so proceed wth caution. I’d recommend a fan brush or a very light hand with a contour brush or fluffy eye brush even; I love Bobbi Brown’s Eye Blender Brush for this.
M.A.C Cosmetics – Mineralize Skin Fish – Soft & Gentle – $48
From one cult classic to another, you can’t get serious about highlighter and not have this in your collection. I last pulled this one out for a girl’s lunch and rocked it with a Ruby Woo lip. Timeless, elegant and kick ass. What more can I say?
Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder – Highlight 01 – $50
And last but not least and returning to the more daytime/natural end of the spectrum is this fave from Laura Mercier; the queen of the complexion. It’s delicate and subtle but catches the light in a really pretty way and the best thing is, that no matter how heavy handed or excited you get with it, you can never overdo it!
So they are my picks as a redhead who has worked her way through many a highlighter and knows what works. Did I miss any?