Hey loves! So I get asked alllll the time on Snapchat what my favourite highlighters are and how best to apply them. Highlighting has become an absolutely massive trend in the beauty and make-up industry in the past couple of years and it seems everyone just loves getting their glow on – including myself! I was never sure about highlighting or applying it at first but I think it all comes with practice, trial and error and finding what works best for you. There are so many highlighters on the market now and different types of highlighter product such as powders, creams, oils and drops and different ways and tools you can use to apply them.
Highlighter is designed to highlight the areas of your face that the sun would hit and also enhance your main features. Highlighter is normally applied to the following areas; the highest point of the cheekbones and around the lower temple area, the bridge of the nose, forehead or chin (optional).
Cream highlighters are perfect for those who prefer a more subtle sheen or glow. Sometimes, cream highlighting is referred to as ‘strobing’ as it looks like a sheer strobe of light illuminating the face. I have tried two different cream based highlighter products, Barry M’s Strobe Cream Stick and Benefit’s Watts Up! Cream Highlighter. The Barry M stick is perfect for highlighting beginners or people who want to layer products up with cream first and then some powder over the top for a more intense night out glow – it also comes in two different shades which is great for different skin tones. The stick format is easy to use as I said for beginners and it is a really light, sheer coverage yet buildable. Benefit’s Watts Up! I would say is a lot more intense and shimmery however and has more of a bright highlight to it than a strobing effect in my opinion. Watts Up! was actually the first highlighter I ever tried and I still love it to this day. I would say if you are new to highlighting, a cream stick version is definitely the best place to start and it’s super easy and light to wear and remove also. You can apply it straight onto the face using the stick or you could use your ring finger to gently sweep or dab the product on. Alternatively you could also use a mini beauty blender to apply this as well. I always see Primark selling these and they are so cute and perfect for applying cream highlight or under eye concealer.
Powder highlight is without a doubt my absolute favourite form of highlighter. I have completely fell in love with the Mary Loumanizer by TheBalm back in 2015 and it is still one of my main go to products. Anyone who asks me for my favourite highlighter I will always say the Mary Loumanizer. The glow is so nice and intense but buildable so you can go for a more subtle look and build it as you go depending on how glowy you want to be. A few other powder highlighters that are apparently amazing but I haven’t tried are Becca Cosmetics ‘Opal’ or ‘Champagne Pop’. Of course as well I absolutely love the 4 highlighters in the Carli Bybel palette and they are so pigmented and gorgeous (full review and swatches post here if you fancy a look). Unfortunately that particular palette is unavailable now but her new Deluxe Edition of the palette is out for pre-order here. If you are looking for a powder highlight on a budget I absolutely love MUA for Superdrug’s highlighters and they are only £3 but they are sooo good. A little powder highlight trick that really makes the glow pop and look intense is to spritz a little water or setting spray (I like using the Urban Decay setting spray) onto your brush before picking up the powder product. It will give it that ‘wet’ look effect – perfect for a gorgeous summer glow. The next powder highlight on my list is the Nicole Guerriero X Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit. I have watched Nicole’s YouTube videos since she started years ago and I am so inspired seeing her do so well and doing such a huge collab, she really deserves it and the glow kit looks INSANE, however as far as I know I don’t know if it is in stock or available to buy in the UK yet but I will keep an eye on Beauty Bay and Cult Beauty and update on Snapchat if I find it. The best tools to apply powder highlight are again your ring finger, a fan brush or a highlight specific detailed brush. I love the Real Techniques setting brush as I feel like the shape is perfect for it.
Liquid highlight is a relatively new concept on the market as the highlighting trend continues to evolve. Brands are starting to release highlight in drop form which can be used as general highlight or custom drops mixed in with foundation to give you a real dewy glow. Liquid highlight can be used to layer the same as with cream products. Liquid highlighting drops can be used first and then powder over the top. Or the liquid highlight can be used on it’s own. The easiest way to apply liquid highlight in my opinion is with the fingers or with a stippling brush or even a beauty blender. I have used the MUA Undress Your Skin Liquid Glow in ‘Champagne’ and I used just a tiny bit mixed in with my foundation and it gave a lovely dewy glow. Other liquid highlighting products that get amazing reviews are the Cocoa Brown Goddess Oil (which is made with coconut oil so is perfect to use on the face and body as it is natural and safe) or the Iconic London Liquid Illuminator Drops. Again these can be applied mixed with foundation or applied directly on top of make-up to highlight using a beauty blender or a stippling brush.
So there we have it ladies. A little highlighting 101 for you all. I hope this has been helpful and has answered some of your questions on highlight. If you have any other questions or are looking for advice feel free to drop me a message on any of my social media (you can find the buttons either to your right on a PC or at the bottom of the page on a mobile). Or you can follow me on Snapchat: lucykennedy18. I hope you all enjoyed this post and thanks so much for reading. Lots of love until next time,