After what seems like far too long spent focussing on just contouring, highlighter is in the spotlight. We have a new term called "strobing" to thank for the attention on illuminators – it's essentially highlighting without the contouring. And the Lipstick League is curious: what's your favourite highlighter right now?
I've been playing with some of the liquid highlighters in my stash, looking for as many non-sparkly, subtle-sheen formulas as possible to team with my collection of no-shimmer bronzers for a late-late summer post (at this rate, I'll have it ready for next year – doh!). And I've discovered something: a lot of shimmer and pearlescence in a liquid formula can look surprisingly and satisfyingly subtle when you blend it on (moisturized) skin. For instance, I'd dismissed the L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminators ($16.99 each at well.ca and $12.99 at ulta.com) as way too shimmery, but I was wrong. A tiny bit on the tops of cheekbones is really pretty, more pearlescent than sparkly. Same for Chantecaille Liquid Lumière Anti-Aging Face Illuminator in Sheen ($48 at Holt Renfrew and $39 at nordstrom.com), which is coming back this Fall. I'm using that one right now, and in such wee amounts that my tube should last at least a couple of years. (Ditto for the L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi; a little dab'll do ya.)
In terms of more solid formats, also great is the Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight ($26 at sephora.ca and $21 at nordstrom.com), which I wrote about, step-by-step style, here. It has a barely visible shimmer. My overall favourite, though, is RMS Living Luminizer ($42 at kissandmakeupstore.com and $38 at birchbox.com). If you're still looking for a terrific, natural-looking, natural-formula and cruelty-free illuminator, that's the one you want. Looks wonderful on most every complexion at every age and lasts forever. Totally worth the spend.
And yep, I'm gonna say this again: for most of us, contouring and highlighting techniques go together. Using both means we can choose shades that are more subtle, less contrast-y against our skin, so it'll look more like great lighting than great makeup. xoxo
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So, what about you? Do you have a favourite illuminator right now? Or are you still looking for one?