Beauty: Highlighters

I fell in love with highlighting last summer, and throughout this winter it’s become a daily essential. With working under artificial light and in dry air conditioned conditions, my skin looks a bit lack lustre. It needs all the help it can get!

 photo 40fdc6bb-3516-4ecf-be1a-1ba8c87da233_zpseofkxlgq.jpgI hate glittery foundations – I think Rimmel Wake Me Up looks horrendous. To me it highlights all imperfections and looks like I’ve bathed in glitter. Not a good look! I prefer a glowy finish, something like Match Perfection or the original Lasting Finish (the newer Nude version is more matte) – in case you haven’t guessed I love Rimmel foundations, mainly as Light Porcelain is the perfect colour for my skintone.

Highlights are easy. A quick swipe across the cheek bones, the brow bone, near my hairline, down my nose (it disguises the slight bump that has suddenly appeared 18 months post-op…). An even quicker blend and I’m done. They’re super easy to reapply to, and can make the transition from office-to-evening wonderfully easy.

 photo d074c0af-4b62-40c1-a314-2e29f8e87639_zpsfd9f4j6k.jpgWhich is my favourite? An easy choice for me, I adore my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. The shades are just right for me, the result is glow not sparkle, and it’s super easy to use. It feels so glamorous, adds a teeny bit of coverage and sticks around all day. Slightly OTT for the office, but perfect for glamming up for after-work drinks.

 photo d3b2ed7f-2968-4b99-b3eb-d00185067e41_zpsyyamt88q.jpgMy every-day staple is the No7 Highlighting Stick. Subtle, ridiculously easy to apply, and the highlight sticks around all day. I just swipe with the stick and blend with the fingers – just be sure to apply any powder products afterwards or it cakes! I love this so much I even bought my Nan one for Christmas…

 photo 917878cb-7ed2-44ba-9856-1a351691f958_zpscb7wpl88.jpgNot strictly a highlighter, but my Mineralize Blush from MAC (full review here) offers a gorgeous slow as well as a serious pack of colour. It’s perfect for my pale days, or when I’m wearing a heavier base than normal.

 photo 2015-02-08 15.19.45_zpscvqdrsnb.jpgFinally, new addition! The Makeup Revolution highlighter has become my one for when I realllyyy need a glow. It’s slightly too shimmery for my liking, but with a light hand and a lot of blending it can look great. For £3 it’s okay, but if you are looking for a natural look I’d spend your pennies elsewhere!

Highlighters just finish off my everyday look, making me more awake, more natural and just more ‘done.’ Do you use highlighters regularly? What are your recommendations? 


  • I’ve not tried the No.7 yet but it’s on my list! At the moment I’m using two shades of the Makeup Revolution one: Peach Lights for a light everyday glow, and Pink Lights for when I want to amp it up a bit on a night out. That one is SUPER shimmery! xx

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    • ninegrandstudent

      I struggle to get much pay-off from the Makeup Revolution one, at least reliably. Some days I love it, others I REALLLY regret picking it up. I swatched one in Kiko yesterday and it was stunning! x

  • India Benjamin

    Highlighters are so pretty! I agree a full foundation of glitter is a bit too much, just need a tad of shimmer on the forehead, nose and undereyes to brighten my complexion 🙂 I just Smashbox Baked Fusions as a combo blush and highlighter at the minute 🙂

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    • ninegrandstudent

      The Baked Fusions look amazing, I nearly picked them up but decided against it! x

  • I’ve always been more of a matte girl, with oily skin I always kept away from anything shimmery, but Im starting to dip my toes into highlighters a bit more recently.

    Emma x
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    • ninegrandstudent

      I think worn carefully they can work for any skin type! x

  • emily

    I’ve never used a highlighter..maybe I should though! I have really fair skin, with faded freckles all over my forehead that come out when I get some sun and then my nose is all scars from a horrible burn I had years ago…huh, I’m making myself sound like a mess aren’t I. Well, I haven’t used foundation on highlighters before because usually (scars and freckles aside…) I have pretty clear skin and I’m worried that if I start putting gunk on my face I’ll wreck my complexion. Idk. Do you think I should try some?

    • ninegrandstudent

      I’d say give it a go – I’ve never had a bad reaction from these and my skin is quite sensitve to products! x

  • The No7 highlighter is my favourite, I’m rubbish at all the face sculpting stuff so I love how easy it is to use! The Hourglass palette sounds lovely too 🙂 xx


    • ninegrandstudent

      The Hourglass palette is my absolute favourite, I love it! x

  • I’m OBSESSED with highlighters, that No7 one is great!

    • ninegrandstudent

      It is, right?! Any recommendations for me? x