Ok, fine. I admit it, I’m a highlight junkie. I love glowy, dewy, highlighted skin! And thankfully brands and celebrity makeup artists have jumped on the strobing and highlight trend (yay, more highlight products.) I have definitely been hoarding any and every product that promises a glow.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been dying over the new strobing trend and happy that the heavy contouring is going out (or maybe that’s just me.) I’m all about enhancing a person’s natural beauty and individual characteristics rather than completely changing someone’s face. So let’s talk about some great highlighter products and how to choose one for yourself.
But first, I already know you know how I always go on and on about skin care but it really is important! You may not have perfect skin but taking care of your skin and doing your part makes a BIG difference in how makeup sits on your face ( I’m all about that #naturalbeauty, obviously.) Take care of your skin and the highlighter will take care of you.
Choosing a highlighter can be a bit of a challenge, but I’m going to make it a little simpler for you.
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You can typically find highlighters in either a cream/liquid/wet or powder form. I personally prefer powder. It seems like wet highlighters tend to make foundation separate or cake. And if a person has dry skin it just clings to it. However, if you don’t wear foundation and you have normal or combo skin then a wet highlighter can be a great option for you. The other exception is using a wet highlighter after your moisturizer (or in it) but before your foundation.
When selecting a highlighter, whether wet or powder, you need to consider your skin’s undertones. The trick is to match it! If you have yellow undertones then you will want to choose more golden highlighters.
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If you have pink undertones then obviously pink highlighters are going to give your skin an amazing glow. There’s also peach under tones (which are a combo of yellow & pink), and if this is you then both golden and pinkish highlighters will look amazing on you.
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Next would be green undertones (typically identified as olive skin tones & is common in darker skin types). If you have the olive skin tone then iridescent highlighters and some golden highlighters will be great for you.
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I do need to mention that when color matching you need to consider your body color. Many of us don’t tan our faces and could very easily look like Edward Scissorhands in the face but Beyonce in the body (ok, maybe not that extreme but you know what I mean.) Also, you may have a condition like rosacea and you definitely don’t want to match to your face in that case. My point is: you are looking for an “all over” match.
I’ve literally spent hundreds of hours reading, and looking up highlight products. And today I am going to share with you my secret list to some of the most sought after and talked about highlight products out there. Some have been discontinued or are always
out of stock (sad face), but hey, maybe you will get lucky and find one somewhere.
Disclosure: The following list of products are affiliated links. However, as mentioned above I only recommend things that I would use or have used.
Let me know what you think once you’ve tried some of these products. Do you have any highlighter favs? Please share! I could always add a few more highlighters to my makeup box.