Highlighters are one of those makeup products that can instantly change the shape and look of your face. Having combination skin, I used shy away from highlighting products (who wants to look like a disco ball - even during the party season?!) but now beauty brands have come a long way and it's rare that you'll see highlighter packed with (*shudders*) shimmer. Highlighters should accentuate your features and make skin appear healthy and glowing, if they're too shiny it can be really unflattering. I like to apply them on my brow bone to bring out my eyes and eye makeup, and on the tops of my cheekbones to create a more sculpted look. Here are some of my favourite highlighting products...
Dior Poudre Shimmer in Amber Diamond £32
Ahh Dior... This is the type of brand that can make you feel like a Queen when you use their products. The Amber Diamond shimmer powder is probably one of their bestsellers, if the reviews are anything to go by. I love the warm beige and honey tones in it, which is great for warming up darker skin and creating a natural, healthy glow. It's also incredibly subtle and not too in-yer-face, so perfect to wear during the day.
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze £35
The Shimmer Brick is more of a hybrid bronzer/highlighter - the chocolately brown shades create an intense bronzed glow while the lighter, creamy shades highlight and add shimmer. I've tried some of the other Shimmer Brick shades but the Bronze is by far my favourite - it really compliments Asian skin and the bronzer helps create a deep, sunkissed glow.
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in By Candlelight £21.50
I feel like I'm cheating you a little by putting this in because By Candlelight is a limited edition shade! However, I couldn't resist because it is probably one of the most gorgeous highlighters I've ever used. The shade is similar to Amber Diamond but the pigmentation is so much more intense. Sometimes when I'm going to a wedding or an evening event and I want something quite dramatic and intense I'll wear this. The shade suggests that it creates the same glow you get when standing by candlelight, which is meant to be one of the most flattering lights. Unfortunately this shade isn't available, but MAC do have three other shades in their permanent collection and I'm sure the quality is just as good. Wallflowers beware!
Benefit Watt's Up £24.50
I reallly hate cream or liquid highlighters but Benefit's Watt's Up is an exception. The creamy texture is really easy to blend into the apples of my cheek and the champagne colour creates a very intense glow. It is a little light for darker skin and I imagine it would look quite icy and unflattering. A tip for using cream or stick highlighters: dab, don't rub or the product will clog your pores and highlight them - eeek! The packaging is really snazzy (I'm not shallow - honest!) and it comes with an applicator sponge on the other end to help blend the product in, although I've never bothered as my fingers do a better job.