What exactly is highlighter?
If you’re new to the world of highlighters, let us give you a quick rundown. Highlighter is makeup that you apply to attract light, which helps create the illusion of brightness and glow and it can also add dimension to your face. There are different types of highlighting products including cream, liquid, powder or pencil.
And these types of highlighters also come in different colours – there’s everything from silvery highlighters to gold and even colours like purple and blue. We recommend choosing the highlighter that will look flattering against your skin tone. So, if you have olive skin, a gold highlighter is probably going to suit you more. If you have a more fair complexion, a silver or pinky highlighter will look great on you.
Where should you apply it?
The most common place to apply highlighter is on to your cheekbones and the high points of your face like your brow bones, your cupid’s bow above your lips and the bridge of your nose. You can also sweep it across your collarbones or dot a little into the corners of your eyes to make them look brighter and more awake.
Here are a few of our fave highlighting products...
Benefit Watts Up!
This champagne-toned chubby stick goes on as a cream but it has a powder finish. The stick shape allows for easy application so you can simply glide it on your cheekbones, brow bones and the bridge of your nose for soft definition. It also has a soft blending sponge on the other side of the applicator so you can blend out your highlighter.
$53 @ Myer
Rimmel Insta Strobbing Highlighter
Liquid highlighters are great for providing a radiant and glowy look and they are easily blendable. The texture of this Rimmel highlighter is super silky and can even be mixed into your foundation for an overall glow. This product is non-greasy and is sweat resistant so it should last up to eight hours.
$14.95 @ Priceline
Pretty Vulgar Shimmering Swan in Glow Up
Filled with tiny pearls of light-reflecting pearlescent pigments, this powder highlighter leaves your skin looking bright and healthy. Apply to your collarbones, cheekbones and brow bones.
$48 @ Sephora
Sportsgirl Jelly Glow in Hollywood
This highlighter really lives up to its name – the jelly-like consistency is thick and is perfect for spreading on larger areas like your chest and arms.
$14.95 @ Sportsgirl
Benefit High Brow Glow
This pencil is an instant eye-opener! Lightly apply under your eyebrow and blend out to illuminate and define your brows. This little pencil will also lift your brow area, bringing attention to your gorge eyebrows.
$38 @ Myer
Sportsgirl Hello to Glow in Trouble
While this glowy highlighter starts as a cream, it dries as a powder once applied to the high points of your face. It’s not super glittery so it’s the perfect highlighter for every day.
$12.95 @ Sportsgirl