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HIGHLIGHTERS | How to Choose THE BEST One For YOU
There are many factors to consider when choosing a highlighter including your skin type, skin tone + the finish you’re trying to achieve. We've enlisted the help of professional makeup artists Tobi Henney, EloiseProust + SheriVegas to give us the best advice on how to choose the right highlighter.
LIQUID HIGHLIGHTER | You may presume that liquid highlighters would be better used on dry skin, but it’s more about the finish you want to achieve rather than your skin type.
"A liquid highlighter is great to create a dewy fresh look + can also be mixed into your foundation for the ultimate summer glow, perfect for a natural day look." - Eloise.
Sheri backs this up by saying that liquid illuminator will "give you a softer glow". So if you’re going for a more minimal look, or even applying to bare skin, liquid highlighter is the better option.
3. Models Prefer Instant Glow Face and Body Highlighter
4. INIKA Light Reflect Highlighting Crème
5. Benefit Cosmetics Sun Beam
POWDER HIGHLIGHTER | Powder highlighters are fantastic for [night-time] events as they last all night. Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate is an absolute must-have in my make-up kit for the perfect sheer see-through glow." - Tobi
"I’m a fan of both liquid + powder highlights, however I do prefer powder highlighter for most of my clients, as I know it will last all day + night. I would suggest powder highlighter for a long-lasting look [like] wedding day make-up." - Eloise
4. Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate ($110, davidjones.com.au)
COMBINING LIQUID + POWDER? |"If you want super high shine I recommend using both. [Apply] the liquid first + then set with a highlight powder." -Sheri
"I tend to layer mine to create the perfect glow. My favourite cream highlighter is M.A.C. Cream Color Base-Hush + my favourite powder highlighter is Charlotte Tilbury FilmStar Bronze & Glow ($97, www.charlottetilbury.com/au)."
(bh note: This is also Eloise’s favourite powder highlighter.) - Tobi
SHADES | Highlighters come in a variety of shades, with most falling into a pale pink, white or bronze/gold tone. When it comes to choosing which, Sheri says, "It all depends on where you apply it + the skin tone you have."
Tobi agrees, saying that "Bronze + gold highlighters look fantastic on tanned, olive skin types.
"Whereas I would do a pretty soft pink highlighter for those with fairer skin.
"White highlighters can work well on shoots on fair to medium skin types to create a sheer glow to the cheekbones."
Eloise adds, "Make sure you don’t apply a white highlighter if you are someone with a dark complexion, because this can look way too frosty + harsh on the skin."
SHIMMER | Shimmer highlight can be applied day or night. Make sure you only apply highlighters to the parts of your face you want to bring out. I suggest tops of your cheekbones, inner eyelids + Cupid’s bow." - Eloise
"[While] some people also apply highlighter to the forehead + down the nose - you have to be very careful applying it there [especially if it has a shimmer finish] as it can sometimes look oily." - Sheri
You can wear a matte highlighter any time + the great thing is that it suits everyone. [Use it] along [the same] key areas that you apply your shimmer highlighter, [but] you can also use a matte highlighter under the eyes + down the t-zone." - Sheri
"Matte highlighters are great to use down the centre of the nose to create a slimmer nose shape. Remember to contour the sides of the nose to enhance highlights." - Tobi
While people assume that shimmer highlighters are the way to go, Eloise explains that "You don’t always need shimmer to highlight."
"I love liquid + powder matte highlighters. Always highlight under the eye area with a liquid matte highlighter, which will brighten your face immediately, give a fresh youthful look. Don’t forget to apply product around inner corners of the eyes where a lot of people tend to have a dark shadow."
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