Face glosses have arrived to upgrade your highlighting game
You’ve been sleeping on the glow gang’s greatest formula
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / August 24 2020
You know when you see someone post a selfie where their face is literally gleaming, and yet there appears to be zero traces of highlighter in sight? Seems suspicious, right?
And while you’d be forgiven for thinking the dew may be the work of a particularly magical facial oil, it’s hard to believe even the shiniest serum could be capable of conjuring that level of luminosity.
Well, we have some news for you; it’s actually usually the work of face gloss, the gleaming formula we’ve all been sleeping on for far too long.
What is face gloss?
Designed to be applied either over makeup or straight onto bare skin to help you fake a naturally dewy finish, face glosses allow you to add a little transparent shine in all the right places (think cheekbones, nose, cupid’s bow, etc.) And no, we promise you don’t need to stress about the stickiness factor – face-friendly formulas are a long way from the gloopy ones of lip gloss’s past.
How are face glosses different from regular highlighters?
We know what you’re wondering: what the hell makes face gloss any different from classic highlighter? Well, unlike its tinted sisters, it’s completely colourless. Remember, pearlescent or bronzed skin is not the goal here – you’re aiming for a wet-look aesthetic, so crystal-clear, shimmer-free formulas are the only options. You basically want your face to be so outrageously glossy that people can see their own reflections in it…
How do I find my face gloss shade?
The best bit? Shades aren’t a thing in face gloss land, because they simply don’t have to be. So if you’ve ever struggled to find a highlighter that doesn't look chalky against your deep skin tone, or go from gold to orange real quick when applied to your pale complexion, gloss is definitely the way to go.
Ready to get into the gloss game? You’ll want to add these options to your makeup bag ASAP.