The Highlighter Edit


Highlighters are a part of ones make-up routine that granted, isn’t absolutely necessary, but can quickly transform your entire face. It’s a technique associated with fresh glowing skin, and instantly gives the face a much-coveted, dewy look. I typically dust highlighters at the top of my cheekbones, the bridge of my nose, and just above the cupids bow.

I’ve tried numerous concoctions in my time, but these are my top three highlighters I always turn to, and rely on to give me that desirable shimmered look.

First up, is the hugely popular MAC Soft and Gentle, from their Mineralize Skin Finish range. This had a 'bit of a beauty moment' a few years ago, but it is still a firm favourite of mine. I would say this highlighter is peach toned; and has a warm, almost terracotta feel to it. It has most beautiful pearlescent texture. The finely milled powder is exceptionally pigmented. Its not for the faint hearted who prefer a subtle sheen, this is a ‘bringing out the big guns’ kind of product. You need only a small amount; a little goes a log way! As with all MAC packaging, its easily transportable and sturdy, so it’s not going to break in your bag either (as long as you don't drop it after a few wines!)

Next up is recent discovery of mine, but one I have quickly become most fond of. Cocoa Brown’s Golden Goddess Dry Shimmering Body Oil is a product that is designed for the body and face. I am often skeptical of products like these, but this really is a good one. It makes a change to use a liquid highlight as opposed to a powder. Presented in a 50ml glass bottle, the shimmer is immersed in a transparent liquid formula, which you have to shake before use.  I simply squirt a 5pence amount onto my hand (there’s a pump, which is super handy and economical!) and lightly dot this above my cheekbones using my fingertips. It has rather a strong scent which is a little overpowering for my personal taste, but the golden sheen is fantastic- the shade itself is brilliant as its a deep brown gold, with yellow undertones. It disperses well into the skin due to the liquid form, and catches the light easily. Great sheen, and great price too! Good for a night out and also if you are on a budget. Best for tanned skins as the colour is rather bold- it may be bit overpowering for pale gals.

Lastly, the infamous Mary Lou Manizer. This product frequently tops beauty editor’s lists, and I can really see why. The retro, cartoon packaging isn’t for me, but it’s fun, and cute if you like that kind of stuff. A circular compact that is light and slim, it’s great to pop in your handbag. It’s a beautiful, lightly golden shade- more of a gentle, pastel tone which isn’t too overpowering. Its subtle and has the most gorgeous buttery, soft texture that is easy to apply as its so blendable. What I like the most about this however, is you can build it up if you wanted a Kardashian-esque glow, or you can delicately dust for more of a natural, daytime feel. Pricey, yes, but totes worth it.

1. Soft and Gentle, £24 MAC
2. Golden Goddess Shimmering Body Oil, £9.99, Cocoa Brown
3. Mary Lou Manizer, £17.50, TheBalm

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