The Best Highlighters



If I had to pick a favourite makeup product, it would definitely be a toss up between highlighters and lipstick. Glowy skin is my most sought-after makeup look – something back when I had oily skin I would never thought I would want. Whether it’s a natural dew or full on strobing that you can see from outer space, I am all for it. Here are some of (in my opinion) the best highlighters on the market…

The Liquid

As I mentioned in my Current Makeup Hits and Misses, the Sleek MakeUP Barekissed Illuminator in Monaco is an amazing liquid illuminator, that can be used underneath, on top of or mixed in with your foundation. I personally love it as a layer underneath my makeup, and the icy glow that it gives shines through and adds dewiness to any foundation you pair with it. 

The Cream

My biggest tip when it comes to highlighting is layering. If you struggle to get that intense glow that the Instagrammers are famous for, then try using a cream highlighter on any areas of the face you want to highlight first, and then use your regular powder highlighter on top to set and for it to really pop. My personal favourite (as you can see by the little amount I have left) is the Mac Cream Colour Base in Pearl

The Worth-The-Hype

One of the most talked about highlights of all time has got to be the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop. Created by the incredible Jaclyn Hill, who is one of my all-time favourite YouTubers, I couldn’t pass up on trying this out. This has got to be one of the most intense highlighters I own, but the formula is so smooth and long-lasting and is just gorgeous. It is slightly deeper and more golden than the others I have mentioned, so works better when I have a tan, which is worth noting if you are on the fairer side.

The Palette

Another product that seems to be taking over social media is the Sleek MakeUP Solstice Highlighting Palette. Undoubtedly one of the most aesthetically-pleasing makeup products that I own, this has got to be one of if not the best products from the high street that I have come across. It is another intense highlight, but much paler than Champagne pop, giving your cheeks a very bright sheen. I tend to reach for the bottom two shades, but it is stunning when they are all mixed together.

The Honorary Mentions 

A long time favourite of mine is TheBalm Mary Lou-Manizer, a pale golden highlighter that works great with the yellow undertones in my skin. It runs slightly more neutral than your typical gold, which makes it a versatile choice for many skin tones. The Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder in Candelight is a pricy choice, but is great for those who are looking for a slightly softer and less intense highlight. This provides more of an angelic ‘glow’ than the others. Another expensive but stunning option is the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Beige. The amount of product does make this pricy purchase a little more justified, and the fact that you have different colour options depending on where you pick up the product with your brush. This is another slightly deeper optionsso great for medium skin tones. Last but not least is the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Number 1. Now don’t be fooled by the ‘matte’ in the title as this is anything but, nor is this the most intense of the bunch either. This is very similar to the Kevyn Aucoin option, as it is another product that provides more of a glow than an intense sheen. Both are a champagne shade, leaning slightly more pink, perfect for pale skins. 
This is by no means all of the highlighters I own, and I don’t see myself stopping any time soon (help me, I’m addicted!). What is your favourite highlighter? What else do I need to try? I have my eye on the rest of the Becca range…

One Reply to “The Best Highlighters”

  1. Ahhh so many highlighters here for me to try out now – I also love highlighters but like you I couldn't pick between them and lipsticks. Have you tried the MUA highlighter in iridescent gold? It's so good!

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