I think the days of heavy contouring might be over, thankfully.
Don’t get me wrong: I love contouring as much as the next gal, but at times it can look quite unnatural, especially for everyday wear. So I’m super happy that illuminizers and highlighters are slowly overtaking contour kits and products in the market right now. Here are a few to check out…
Glossier Haloscope Face Highlighter. Glossier doesn’t offer international shipping just yet, so we can’t get them in Singapore, but I am eyeing this one so much! I’ve only heard good things about it, android on the street is that this is the best product from the brand (as well as their eyebrow gel). If you have a friend living in the US, definitely as them to buy one for you! The photos don’t lie – the glow is incredible (pictured above.)
Benefit High Beam. The original – I can’t exactly remember when this was launched, but it was around when I first launched this blog, in 2006, so it’s been awhile! But it’s a classic for that reason – it’s super smooth and the shimmer is awesome. The nail-polish-like applicator makes it super easy to use, too.
Nudestix Magnetic Eye in Angel. I’m gonna be honest – I bought this as an eyeshadow, but I’ve been slightly disappointed. It’s ever so slightly patchy on my eyelids, and the shimmer might be too much on my hooded eyes. But I do love the formula (and the brand, as you may know), so I’ve stopped using it on my eyes and am using it as a highlighting stick… and it’s even better! It’s super creamy, gives great shimmer and lasts all day.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette. No highlighter post can do without mention of this newly cult favorite – and it does live up to its hype. I did mention in my initial review that it’s very light, too light for me, but I’ve found a way: apply it wet, or apply it with a brush that has a spritz or two of setting spray on it. It shows up more pigmented that was on the lighter skins. (For medium to dark skins, this shows up by itself, right away.)
For everyday highlighting, just like contouring, it can look “too much”. So to keep it looking super natural, only highlight your cheekbones, brow bones and just above your cupids bow for a more natural look, and don’t forget to blend until there are no harsh lines… so that it looks as if you were naturally lit from within!
P.S. More of my glowy makeup tips are here.