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?