That lit from within look is something most of us covet and no one does it better than JLo. She always looks like she's come back from some amazing holiday and that has alot to do with the use of highlighting products on her face. This look is easily duped but the problem is that there are so many highlighters on the market that it’s hard to know where to start. Don’t fear though because I’m here to help you manoeuvre the makeup mine field and share some of my top picks to get a gorgeous glow whatever the occasion.
From left to right: NARS Orgasm Illuminator, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Gold, Dior Shimmer Powder in Amber Diamond.
Best for an all over glow:
NARS Orgasm Illuminator.
My original review for this product can be found here. I haven’t found anything better than this product to mix into my foundation or moisturiser and use all over my face. Most highlighting liquids and creams are either too thick, too pigmented or just too sparkly to use all over the face but this one is perfect. It’s also the only one that I’ve found that doesn’t break me out and make my face look shiny as opposed to radiant. If the Orgasm colour isn’t doing it for you then check out the new illuminators in the shades Copacabana, Super Orgasm and Laguna at your closest NARS counter.
Best for a natural glow:
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector
This product is amazing and if you haven’t tried it then you’re definitely missing out! It’s thicker than the Orgasm Illuminator but it blends beautifully on to your skin. I have this in the colour Gold (the swatch above is of the gold) and Topaz and I love using them on the top of my cheek bones and down my nose. I avoid using this all over my face because its thicker consistency means that it makes my skin oily.
The whole Becca range is very women of colour friendly and this illuminator is available in lots of different shades to suit many skin tones. It works well both over and under foundation but make sure you don’t apply it over powder or the result won’t be pretty! Sheer it down or wear it under foundation when you want a subtle look or pat it on top of your foundation if you want to shine in a good way! If you want to check out my original review on these and swatches of the gold and topaz you can find it here.
Best for a night out:
Christian Dior Diorskin Shimmer Powder
I love cream and liquid highlighters for the day but nothing beats this gorgeous finely milled shimmer powder for the night. Most of the powder highlighters I’ve tried are too sparkly or powdery but this feels a bit creamier for a powder and it blends amazingly on the skin. It also photographs really well which is important on a night out and because it’s a powder you don’t have to worry about your skin getting oily.
It doesn’t come in lots of colours (2 to be exact!) but the colours that are available will suit anyone. I have this in Amber diamond and I love the fact that, because it has strips of different colours in it, you can either swirl all the colours together or use a specific colour. This colour looks a bit icy in my swatches but I had to apply it heavier than usual so trust me that once blended it looks very natural.
No matter what your highlighter of choice is, the key to getting the perfect glow is strategic placement of a product with with very fine shimmer. If you go for something that has more chunky shimmer particles and use it all over the face then you'll end up looking less like JLo and more like an extra from Twilight!
So there they are, my top picks for illuminating products. What are your favourites? Leave a comment below because I’d love to know!