The highlighters we’re loving this winter
Because luminescent skin is where it’s at
By Briar Clark
BEAUTYcrew Junior Beauty Writer / June 26 2020
Highlighting, strobing and contouring are all makeup trends that have become second nature to many of us, and the secret weapon to nailing all three of these trends is an epic highlighting product. And while highlighter is an essential that we all have in our makeup bag, it’s also one that can leave us looking like a shiny and glittery mess if we don’t have the right shade or formula. So, to ensure you don’t leave the house with your face looking like a giant disco ball, we rounded up our favourite highlighters that will provide the perfect natural luminescence to winter skin.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder
There’s a good chance this highlighter isn’t new to you, as the light-diffusing formula has reached cult-like status in recent years. And for good reason. Each shade has been specifically formulated to give your skin a filtered effect, without having to use any iPhone apps. Opt for these powders (there are six shades in total) if you want to add a subtle sheen to the skin that will last all day.
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand
If you prefer to make a statement with your highlighter, then this liquid option from Charlotte Tilbury should be your go-to. What makes the formula so special is how it seamlessly blends into the skin (we recommend applying it with your fingers) along with the fact that the coppery-rose gold shade flatters a huge variety of skin tones and leaves an ethereal glow on the skin that will make you look as though you’ve descended from the heavens.
Becca Cosmetics Ignite Liquified Light Highlighter
For an opalescent level of glow and dewy wash of colour - this new liquid highlighter from Becca ticks both boxes brilliantly. Apply to the highpoints of the face for a strobe-level glow or mix into your base products for an all over summer skin sheen.
FENTY BEAUTY Match Stix Glow Skinstick
If the handbag-friendly format isn’t enough to get you excited about this pearlescent-finish highlighter stick, then how about that lit-from-within, post-yoga-sesh, sweaty-in-a-good-way glow? It's no small order but Rihanna's done it again with this universal shade that caters to all skin tones. We also personally love applying this to our lids and brow bone for a wet-look eyeshadow moment that is to die for.
MARC JACOBS BEAUTY Glow Away Dewy Coconut Face Luminizer
We’re kind of obsessed with the cult-fave coconut range from Marc Jacobs and this latest addition does not disappoint. Packed full of light-reflecting shimmer pigments, the luminiser is subtle enough to be worn on bare skin. Let it melt into your naked complexion for that enviable glass skin glow.
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Briar was a Beauty Crew intern before she joined the crew full time in 2019 as a Beauty Assistant, and as a Junior Beauty Writer as of 2020. She is a self-professed skin care obsessive, always on the hunt for the perfect mascara, and can't go past a Fenty lipgloss.