Highlighters, ooohh times have changed since they were bought in Partners to fill your back to school pencil case with eh?! Here is a selection of highlighters I have owned and I have LIKED. Kind of. Two of them aren’t even for use as highlighters but have become multifunctional products for me. I don’t know if anyone else will appreciate me going against the grain and using some like the Maybelline Colour Tattoo not as an eye product, but screw it! YOLO and all that yeahhhh let’s live on the edge.
I’ve gotta say, I never even tried highlighters until recently, well within the last 6 months or so I guess. I kind of didn’t see the point and thought they just made my face look greasy or sweaty or something. But now I’ve learnt where and when to use them and the different tones you can get my face is an ILLUMINATED JOY to behold, if I do say so myself.
1. Smashbox Halo Highlighting Wand: I got this in the goody bag when I went to the Look Show a few months ago, it was sponsored by Smashbox so I was excited that I knew I’d get something in the bag by them! It’s quite a golden tone and is really handy to use with the brush applicator. It’s got a really satisfying clicky mechanism on the end that you use to pump the liquid to the top. The only trouble is it doesn’t really brush the liquid on evenly so you tend to have to blend a little with your fingers as well. It dried really quickly so you have to make sure to blend pretty much as soon as you put it on! This one is best for around the eye highlighting in my opinion as it can be quite an ‘obvious’ highlighter… If that makes any sense at all?!
2. Maybelline Colour Tattoo: Yes yes, using this as a highlighter may have some of you recoiling in ‘argghhhh’ but it works for me! Well, not so much as a highlighter but a lovely blusher kind of product. Using my fingers I dab some on my cheekbones, on the apples of my cheeks and a touch at the end of my nose. It’s a really subtle pinkish gold shade (well it’s called pink gold after all) and I find it blends in really well. Definitely preferable used like this than a stand alone eyeshadow anyway!
3. Look Beauty Glow & Go: A donation from Tereza a while ago, this is my all time favourite highlighter. It can be used literally all over your face. I tend to put this on after liquid foundation but before powder and it diffuses and softens well, the whole of my face! It’s kind of like a ‘soft focus’ product and illuminates the good bits whilst simultaneously hiding your flaws. I would buy this again and again! It’s more yellowish than the other highlighters yet doesn’t leave you looking like Esther in Hollyoaks does right now.
4. ELF Baked Blusher: Once again, not marketed as a highlighter as such but it is such a delicate colour (pinktastic) and shimmer it works better as that than as a blusher. I’ve mentioned it a few times on my blog already and is pretty much the first ELF product I’ve ever tried. It’s a really smooth powder too and a little goes a helluva long way. I like using this on the top of my cheekbones after a darker less shimmery blusher (or over sleek rose gold) and a touch on the end of my nose!
5. Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush: I mentioned this a few weeks ago and reaaaalllly do like it. Although it does take a little bit more effort to apply. It’s not as rough and ready as the aforementioned ones and it’s really easy to over do it! Saying that though, it’s a really nice product and feels so silky to brush over you cheeks, chin and forehead. Basically, use it delicately enough and it can be face wide highlighting and illuminated goodness to give you a nice glow. Use a touch too much and it’s shiny shiny face time.
Anybody out there use any different highlighters to these? How do you use them too? I like them on my cheeks and tip of my nose, but also sometimes around the eyes is a nice touch to make me look a little bit more awake (when I don’t feel it).