Who doesn’t love a great highlight? Highlighting certain features of the face can be super flattering for the summer time, if done properly. By illuminating specific areas of the face, you’re putting them in the spotlight, but don’t think taking a face powder with tons of shimmer and applying it all over will give you a flattering look. All good things must come in moderation (even glitter).
When it comes to brightening any part of the skin, it’s always a good idea to stick with the “less is more” mindset. Features like cheek bones, under the brow and cupids bow, nose area, chin and forehead are all prime targets to apply some sort of illuminator.
Department store and high end highlighters can be expensive though and you never know if you are getting your moneys worth. I put together some of my drugstore favorite highlighters that I have tried and would definitely buy again
L’Oréal Paris Magic Lumi Highlighting Concealer. This creates a gorgeous, radiant, and subtle glow. It takes away dark circles, and I love that it comes as a pen applicator so it’s easy to just pop in a bag and add more glow to take a daytime look to a nighttime look.
Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator. It comes in three different colors, making it suitable for all skin types. The highlight is a soft, beautiful glow that blends right into your skin, making you look like the glow comes from within.
Rimmel London Kate Sculpting Palette. It has a blush, highlighter, and bronzer. It goes on super-smooth and leaves you with a healthy glow.NYX Cosmetics Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator. This is user-friendly. The creamy consistency is easy to move on the skin, and it leaves a subtle, natural, pearly glow. Use your finger to apply it on your cheeks, nose, chin, and high brow bone with a light tapping motion, and then blend it in with a small blending brush.
E.L.F Baked Highlighter. It gives skin a luminous, sheer look when it’s applied with a brush, or it can be used wet for a vibrant look. I also love that it contains jojoba, sunflower, and rose hip oils to help keep skin hydrated.
L’Oréal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer. I love using this product in areas that I want to brighten and bounce light from, like the inner corners of the eyes, down the bridge of the nose, and at the tops of the cheeks. It’s super-wearable because of how subtle the reflective particles are. There is nothing glittery or disco about it, so it looks good even under harsh lighting scenarios, fluorescent office light, and direct sunlight. That’s a versatility that many prestige highlighting products don’t even have.
Physicians Formula Powder Palette Mineral Glow Pearls. I love this product because it gives a subtle, soft glow, and it comes in shades that complement every skin tone. It’s soft and beautiful and comparable to high-end products.