A great highlight is an absolutely essential step in my makeup routine as it helps me achieve that dewy, ethereal, well-rested glow that I am after – from workplace to date night.
I regularly experiment with different highlighters – both mainstream and Indie, although I find that Indie companies do a better job coming out with unique, one-of-a-kind shades and finishes.
In today’s post, I will talk about some of my favourite highlighters at the moment – these are the ones I am regularly reaching for. I will also share how I am incorporating these into my routine.
JD Glow Cosmetics – ‘Saks N Fifth’
Those that follow me on Instagram would know that I have been using this quite a bit in my looks.
‘Saks N Fifth’ is described as ‘nice, golden, shimmering glow. Will give your cheeks that wet, dewy, glowing look’. It appears that Saks N Fifth is no longer available on JD Glow’s website, presumably because it is sold out – I am not surprised.
I purchased this for US$ 16.00 for a very generous pan including compact.
This is a great highlight for day to day, because it goes on as a melt-into-your skin glow with no discernible colour outside of a very pale gold. The colour may be more apparent on lighter or darker skin tones; however, on mine, it shows up as a pale gold sheen. It is buildable so you don’t need a lot of product. I find that coating my brush too thickly leaves a whitish cast – so being judicious with this powder is best.
Here are a couple of photos of me wearing the highlighter. It really has the softest, almost ethereal pale gold glow which can easily go from daytime to evening.
Fenty Beauty – Mean Money / Hustla’ Baby
This is one of the Killawatt Freestyle Highlighters launched by Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty last fall. Although the frenzy was mostly around Trophy Wife – that blinding, in-your-face gold which I cannot imagine wearing outside the house – the Mean Money / Hustla’ Baby duo flew relatively under the radar.
This duo is described as: soft champagne sheen / supercharged peachy champagne shimmer
This duo is available for CAD $42 at Sephora.
I find that on those no-makeup type days, I generally reach for Mean Money because all it does is accentuate mildly while showing no colour – even for that type of effect, I really need to layer on. I am sure that the experience would be different on lighter and darker skin-tones; however, for me, this has a nearly imperceptible effect. Therefore, I would never use it when I want to bring the Va Va Voom. As you can see from my photo below, this side is much more heavily used than the Hustla’ Baby side.
The Hustla’ Baby side is more of a dewy highlight on me – I use this primarily on minimal makeup days when I am trying to look glowy and smooth-skinned without bringing the drama.
Smolder Cosmetics – Sorbet
‘Sorbet’ by Smolder Cosmetics is a multi-purpose ‘loose, glam dust’ that can be used for both face and eyes. This is described on Smolder’s website as having a ‘warm peach tone with a gold flip’. I paid US$ 9.00 for the 1.5g jar.
This is a beautiful, soft peachy colour with a hint of tangerine that offsets my skintone perfectly. It makes me look refreshed and my skin look healthy.
It is a loose pigment so it is a little harder to work with but I use a big fluffy brush and swirl it around before sweeping it across my face (I generally use a fan brush with pressed highlighters).
Vanessa’s Vanity – Blushing Bride
I covered off this gorgeous highlighter in last month’s blog post which was when I originally started wearing this: Sunday Highlighter Reel
Over the past month or so, this highlighter has delivered exactly as I expected it would. It is pigmented but not too blinding, it blends beautifully into my skin, and has quickly become a staple for workdays – highly recommended!
Check out the linked post for some photos.
Which highlighters are you absolutely loving right now?