Netflix. Shopping. Leaving the country entirely (or at least wanting to). We all need distractions sometimes, especially when life is a bit rough. But what if you could be both distracted and the distraction? Imagine the glory! Because of its ability to make it seem as though the lord himself is shining a torch directly on the finer points of your face, that’s what a healthy preoccupation with highlighter can lead to. From pen to powder and liquid to stick, here are some of the best to appease everyone.
Despite often being brilliant, flashes tend to be brief phenomena. Thankfully, however, the Hourglass Vanish™ Flash Highlighting Stick has significantly more longevity – it even adjusts to your body temperature as soon as it’s applied to the skin. And the triangular bullet means that whatever problems you have, its precise application won’t be one of them.
‘Beige’ is often used as a synonym for ‘boring’, but the products in Chanel’s Les Beiges range couldn’t be boring if they tried. We use the highlighting fluid – either over our foundation or mixed with it – whenever we want to look subtly superior, which is always. And, formulated with 69 per cent water (with added algae extract for even more hydration), it sinks into skin like a tired body into a warm bed.
There’s a satisfying weight to Westman Atelier’s Super Loaded Tinted Highlight that makes it feel expensive. And it is. But not without good reason. Aside from providing a pop of colour and a suitable glow, it also uses hyaluronic acid to plump skin and caper extract to reduce inflammation. Gorgeous.
Who says the beauty a highlighter gives your face shouldn’t also be afforded to your entire body? Invest in Dior’s Backstage Face & Body Glow now and you will be ready for action once the time truly comes to get your limbs out. Able to withstand both heat and humidity (and contact with water, which presumably includes spilt drinks), it’s the perfect clubbing companion.
Whether we’re writing about tinted moisturisers with SPF or cleansing balms, we will find a way to mention ‘dewy skin’ no matter how improbable its insertion. Anyway, since you’re probably as obsessed with it as we are, the best highlighter for creating dewy skin is Nars Euphoria Face Dew. It’s all glow and no glitter.
The It Cosmetics Perfect Lighting Radiant Touch Magic Wand doesn’t just add brightness, it conceals and corrects too. In fact, it’s the ideal product for a certain TikTok makeup hack that uses concealer to lift the face. The hydrolysed pearl in its formula is what really makes it shine – but not shimmer – as a highlighter, though.
Listen, there’s nothing wrong with your face. Nor is there anything wrong with enhancing it. Especially if you’re using Clé de Peau Beauté Luminizing Face Enhancer to do so. While sometimes we just like looking at it in the compact, once applied it makes our cheekbones gleam like diamonds in a display cabinet.
Cheekbones are wonderful, but they’re not your only facial features worth highlighting. Shiseido Aura Dew was created to illuminate not only cheekbones but lips and eyes too. Here’s to being a triple threat.
Iridescence! Shimmer! Sparkle! Urban Decay’s Holographic Disco Stick is a highlighter that might temporarily put you off being a natural beauty. But it’ll be worth it for the chance to look otherworldly.
Sometimes a pearlescent glow is all you need to look good. But when it comes in the form of Rodial’s Instaglam Compact Deluxe Highlighting Powder, good doesn’t cut it as an adjective – only great. Using it is as if someone clambered into your face and turned on every light with no regard for the planet but every regard for your selfies.