Friday, January 30, 2015


I always lust over those perfectly candlelit cheekbones you see at the Victoria's Secret show or on celebrities when they're walking the red carpet.

That little bit of shimmer and shine takes base makeup from average to amazing in one stroke. In this post we are talking highlighters and five of my personal favourites that achieve incredible results and are from a variety of different brands at a range of prices.   

MAC Mineralised Skin Finish
This particular MSF is in "Soft and Gentle" which is a beautiful golden bronze with light glitters, making it perfect for lighter skin tones. An alternative selection is "Gold Deposit" which is a much deeper gold colour that particularly compliments tanned skin. I have said it before and I will say it again, this product is definitely a cult classic and you would struggle to find a beauty obsessed girl without an MSF in her possession. They retail for $47 and will last you years, I still own my original one I bought back in 2011 or something crazy like that.

Curtis Collection Baked Illuminating Bronzer
This product is technically a bronzer but due to it's light tones it actually works best as a highlighter. The product is a marbled mix of bright coppers, sandy beiges and a golden bronze. This one is quite similar to the MAC MSF but priced at $49.95 you might be better off just purchasing the MAC one for a few dollars less. Although, Curtis Collection may offer some colour options that you prefer and in that case you might want to splurge on one.

Revlon Mineral Finishing Powder
Revlon to the rescue with this amazing highlighting product from the drugstore and one of the originals at that when not many highlighting products were available from affordable brands. Now other brands such as Models Prefer sell highlighting products, a couple of years ago you would struggle to find one that wasn't from a department store. I would say it's a good cheaper alternative to a MAC MSF at just $15 so you can't really go wrong.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder
Ah the new kids on the block, the much hyped lighting powders from Hourglass live up to their reputation of being an amazing and addictive product. Once you have applied this silky lighting powder to your face, cheekbones and contour there's no going back. Unlike the other highlighters featured in this article, these are lighting powders meaning you can use them to set your foundation without looking like a disco ball. The highlight is much more subtle and leaves a glowy warmth to the skin rather than an obvious illumination.

LORAC 3D Liquid Lustre
This is the only liquid highlighter I decided to include in this article since I figured I have already put my go-to High Beam in the spotlight (ha, get it?) so much previously. If we go back to it's origins, this is a multipurpose product that can be used on the eyes with eyeshadow to create a crazy shimmery look. With that in mind, you can use this product sparingly to make a bold statement with your highlight. The applicator is a dropper so I dispense a few drops of product onto my fingers, rub them together and gently dab the product onto my cheek bones.

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Something to note is that investing in a good highlighter is economically good since you often can get hundreds of uses out of it. When you think about it, you only use the smallest amount of product since your cheekbones are quite a small surface area so I have had my MAC MSF for years barely with a dent. Whichever products you choose to try out, good luck in your highlighting quest.

Thanks for reading!