Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Highlighters & How I Apply Them

Hope you had a great Easter!
This week is all about highlighters! I'm in love with highlighters lately (cue the heart-eyed emoji).. Highlighters are used to give a nice glow to the face, it's almost a dewy-looking finish without having dewy skin. They're especially beautiful with a summer glow!
Here are all the ones I have tried. Keep reading to find out my favorites, how I apply them, and SWATCHES :)
So how I apply a highlighter is with either a fan brush like this pink one from BH Cosmetics, or a small tapered brush like the Sigma F35. Honestly I like using the F35 better than a fan brush to apply most days because it applies more product. 
I tap the brush into the highlighter (tap off the excess) and then brush on the top of the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, and cupid's bow (and sometimes the chin). Applying in these areas will really complement your face. If you don't want attention drawn to your nose or chin don't highlight those areas. 
Sand from Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit in light is great for just a very subtle, soft, natural glow to the skin. This highlighter doesn't come off as pigmented as others when you apply it with a brush. If you want more color payoff apply it with your finger :)
I use this on days when I'm not wearing much makeup or underneath these other highlighters. $14
NYX highlighter/illuminator in Ritualistic is a gorgeous silver highlight with a little gold reflect. I wouldn't recommend this for dark skin tones because it could come off too white and look chalky. 
This was the first highlighter I ever tried and I loved it! Plus it's really affordable. If you're just starting with highlighters and don't want to splurge, try the illuminators by NYX! $8.99
When I got this highlighter from theBalm this was all I used for months! Meet Mary-Lou Manizer ;) I just love theBalm products because they all have a great sense of humor & adorable packaging. This one is more expensive but I absolutely love it (comparable to Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone). This one has more of a golden glow to really complement that tanned skin! $24
I want to cry because as you can see, I opened this today and it was shattered (probably from traveling home)! I pressed it back together the best I could :( 
This is the heaven of all highlighters for me right now, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal. This is a "golden opal pearl" color, it's absolutely stunning. I am SO, SO, SO in love with this!! I took Jaclyn Hill's recommendation on this and I don't know if I could live without ;) Opal is a bit pricey but totally worth it, highlighters last a very long time. 
For paler skin I would recommend the color Moonstone. $38
Now another stunner, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light! This is my most recently purchased highlighter and I have just been alternating between this and Becca Opal. 
This gives a very natural and gorgeous glow. Jaclyn Hill always recommends this for brides because it just looks like you're "glowing from within." I wear this more than Becca Opal because it's just so natural looking. Some days I'll apply this and then later if I go out at night I'll apply Becca Opal. Again, this is on the pricier side and I'm sure there are some comparable products, but If you want to splurge, I highly recommend! $45 
Here are some swatches of all the highlighters I mentioned! The top is with the flash on, and the bottom is in natural lighting.
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