One of the things that "they" say that mature beauties should not wear is face highlighter. We are told to give up all of that good shimmer, light, and glow once we reach a certain age. Why? Well, the experts will tell us that shimmer and glow are bad for mature skin because it settles into wrinkles and pores, enhances texture and makes us look older.
I strongly disagree! Highlighter isn't necessarily aging; in fact, the right highlighter for our own skin type, judiciously applied can be flattering and youthful. A gentle sweep of radiant stuff along the tops of the cheekbones, above the brows, on the forehead, chin and a bit on the bridge of the nose captures light, brightens the high planes of our features and gives a gentle lifting effect. For skin that has texture, pores or fine lines/wrinkles, a very finely milled, silky powder highlight or a smooth creme are good choices. There are matte highlighters for beauties who want that lovely, youthful lift but don't want shimmer or radiance. For the rest of us, there is glow in the form of nine of my favorite highlighters.
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What? Only nine?
Smartass. Actually, I went stash diving to take pictures for this post and learned, much to my chagrin and delight that I own a lot of highlighters in different tones, from different brands and in different price points. This is my edited down selection. My favorites; the pretties that I reach for most often. These highlighters are gorgeous for fair-not-porcelain skin, like mine through medium skin tones. A few of these may work very nicely for deeper skin tones, as well.
My preferred highlighter formula is powder. I own one creme highlight and I even have a snack sized liquid floating around here, somewhere but the hell if I could find it for these pictures. I like highlighters that range from pearl white to a gentle pink, champagne and even a soft gold. I like to coordinate the tone of my highlighter to my eye and cheek colours. If I'm wearing cooler colours, I go for a pearly or cooler pink highlight. When I'm rocking warmer tones, maybe a bit of sunless tanner and bronzer I go for champagne and pale golden highlighters.
I like to apply my powder highlighter with either a very soft, small tapered brush or a wispy fan brush, depending on the effect I'm going for and the product I'm using. Creme highlighter, in my experience is best applied with my finger then blended softly with a duo fibre brush to buff it into my skin and make it look seamless. I find that lightweight, silky powders and cremes are easy to control and melt into my skin to impart glow and radiance without playing up lines, pores or texture.
Swatches of my Top Nine are below. These swatches are hefty, to show their colour and glow.
Let us begin with my Becca Beauties.
- Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter, Champagne Pop. I was a little worried about this one, when I purchased it. The reviews ranged from great for ALL skin tones to pale people, steer clear! I was delighted to learn that this peachy/white gold lovely works for me. It blends into my skin, gives me a gorgeous, luminous glow and it isn't too dark, as long as I don't go overboard. I do feel that if you are more fair than I, this highlighter may not be your cup of tea.
- Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Pearl is delicious for the fairest of the fair to, I would say, light-medium skin tones. Like her sister, Pearl blends into my skin and imparts glow without looking harsh or glittery.
- Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured Creme Highlighter in Moonstone. I wrote this highlighter up, sometime back and I am sorry to say that I was pretty hard on it. I don't know what the hell I thought I was doing ... I hadn't even put the stuff on my face. I just went off of swatching it and decided that I wasn't into it. Maybe I was cranky, or something. Whatever the case, I have used this highlighter since and I admit, it's rather gorgeous! I like it over a warm coral blush, it makes my cheeks glow but it doesn't look "yellow-y" or harsh. Yes, this is my plate of crow, served up hot.
- Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Opal Glow on the Go. This affordable duo featuring the unequaled Opal includes a snack sized pressed powder and liquid. I wanted to show the liquid, which I also really like but I couldn't find the damned thing. Opal is beautiful not only on the face, it's fantastic on the eyes and when my little one runs low, I'll grab a full size, for sure.
Up next are the Fab Five. These are all from different brands and price points.
- Colour Pop Pearlized Highlighter in Spoon. This silvery champagne has tiny glitter sparks that don't really show up, when it's lightly tapped onto my skin then buffed in with a brush. I like the bouncy-creme-powder formula and the price point can't be beat. Eight clams for all of this pretty? Yes, please. I have my eyes on a couple of other shades and I plan to pick them up, soon. Because I need more highlighters. 😏
- Mirabella Brilliant Mineral Highlighter in Swirling Pearl. Oh my! This is one of my favorite highlighters in my collection. This delicate, champagne pearl is dreamy and luminous and perfect.
- Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder. My shade is Pink Glow. I bought mine during it's first release in different packaging but it's the same product, as far as I can tell. I adore this soft pink highlighter. When it's swatched, it can look glittery but when buffed into the skin with a brush, the sparkles mostly fly away and I can enjoy the glow without the glitter. This one also makes a pretty blush topper.
- Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Powder in shade #001. Soft pink-y gold radiance from an ultra silky powder that blends seamlessly into my skin. I see that there are new shades! #2 looks right up my alley. I Loves Listed it. Maybe next VIB sale...
- Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Powder Duo in Moodlight. This duo is a bronze gold and an ivory with a hint of gold shift. The bronzy shade is too dark for me, unless I have sunless tanned or want to add a little glow to my matte bronzer. The light shade is stunning and the powder is so light, so silky that it looks like perfect, glowing skin. No matter how much I apply, it is never obvious, never too much. This highlighter duo was insanely expensive and I don't regret even one penny I spent on it.
I thought that you might like to see how these look in lighter, softer swatches. From the left, as you face the screen: Champagne Pop. Moonstone. Opal. Pearl. Spoon. Swirling Pearl. Dior 001. Pink Glow and the lighter half of Moodlight.
Gentle reader, I'm fifty-two and I have no plans to give up my highlighter any time, soon. I love the way it catches the light, the lifted, dewy look it gives to my skin and damn it, it just makes me feel pretty. I'm not letting anyone tell me what I can't wear and you shouldn't, either. Look, we get one trip on this big rock and life is too fucking short for stupid beauty rules. Wear what makes you happy and feel good. If anyone disapproves, flip your hair, turn on your heel and high-tail it away from them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
Do you wear highlighter? What are your favorites? Enable me. I think that at this point, one (or three) more won't make all that much difference.
This post is in collaboration with my fellow Makeup Wars beauty bloggers! Please take a little time to click the links, below and visit their blogs and read about the highlighters that they love.
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