Monday, 12 December 2016

The Highlighter Edit: My Top 5 Choices for The Party Season | #BLOGMAS DAY 12

Best Highlighter For Pale Skin
Best Highlighter For Pale Skin
Best Highlighter For Pale Skin
Best Highlighter For Pale Skin
Best Highlighter For Pale Skin
Best Highlighter For Pale Skin
I am loving working on Christmas party makeup looks at the moment and I thought it was the perfect time to share with you my top 5 favourite highlighters for the party season. Admittedly, I use these highlighters all year round but I like to go a little more heavy-handed on application at this time of the year. Let's face it, who doesn't?

The Budget Cream Highlighter
If you are on the lookout for a creamy highlighter on a budget, I would always recommend Topshop's 'Glow' highlighter. I use the shade 'Polished' which adds a champagne-coloured glow to any makeup look. Glow retails at £10.00 so it fits into the slightly more budget end of the spectrum. The only real downside to Glow is that I find if it is applied over the top of my base on my cheek bones or forehead, it can begin to rub out the makeup beneath it. I would usually stick to using Glow just to highlight minor areas of the face such as the brow bone, inner eye corners and cupid's bow. When applied with a fine brush like the Real Techniques 'Detailer' brush it can add real definition to specific areas of your face.

The Budget Powder Highlighter
Like with Glow, Topshop also have a great budget pressed powder option, which was in fact the first ever powder highlighter I tried. I have had 'Sunbeam' by Topshop in my makeup bag ever since I can remember. It's a really great entry level powder highlighter and is also a more 'budget' option, retailing at £12.00. I find that Topshop's highlighter lasts for such a long time as there is so much product in the pan, and this is coming from somebody that goes all out when applying highlighter. One thing that has drawn me back to this product for so long is the fact that there is little to no fallout on application. The product is quite thick and powdery, but this doesn't crumble away or look heavy on application. Sunbeam is a little more yellow-toned than some highlighters however but if you're looking for a more beige/champagne-toned shade, I would recommend their newer shade which is 'Crescent Moon'.

The Bronzed Highlighter
If you prefer a highlighter that adds more of a bronzed glow, particularly if you are as pale-skinned as I am, I would recommend the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in 'Champagne Pop'. It is a little more pricey (£32.00) than the Topshop options but you do get what you pay for as its much more pigmented and a lot more 'buttery' on application. I do find that there is a little more fallout however with this highlighter so its best to be a little more light-handed on application. Although the name would suggest that the shade is a champagne-toned glow, I would say it's much more of a warm golden/peach-toned shade. If you're after a luxurious option which is finely milled and highly pigmented, this Becca highlighter is for you.

My 'Go To' Highlighter
Behold, my all-time-favourite highlighter. I really hate the phrase 'holy grail', but that is exactly what The Balm's 'Mary-Lou Manizer' is to my makeup collection. It ticks all the boxes for me. I adore the shade of the M-L M (let's just stick to abbreviations for this one as it's a bit of a mouthful). It's a gorgeous champagne/beige-toned highlighter and on application, it has a silver under-tone. I find that there is no fallout with this product as it lasts me for months at a time. I use M-L M in my everyday makeup routine and I also wear it for nights out and just add an extra few sweeps of the product across my cheek bones and along my brow bone. M-L M retails at around £17.50 so it's a mid-range product but it is a product I would probably cry over if The Balm ever discontinued... and I'm not afraid to admit that.

The Luxury Liquid Highlighter
Lastly in my highlighter edit is another product from the Becca range. I was gifted the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector liquid highlighter for my birthday and I have been using it ever since (as you can probably tell by the photos). I love to team this with my Mary-Lou Manizer to pack on that extra glow to my forehead and cheekbones and it has great lasting power too. I have the liquid version in the shade 'Moonstone' which is much better-suited to my skin tone. I actually think that this would have been more appropriately named 'Champagne Pop' as ironically its more champagne-toned in my opinion than the actual Champagne Pop. The liquid highlighter is super creamy on application and it adds a very bold glow. This one isn't for the faint-hearted as its a much more bold highlighter than the rest, but I love that. This would be perfect for a Christmas or New Year's party to really pack on the glow this season. It retails at £30.00 and is a great luxurious product.

So there we have it, my top 5 highlighter picks for the party season. I would love to hear what you think of these products if you have tried any and likewise if you have any recommendations, I'm all ears.


  1. I love Mary-lou Manizer! My go to highlighter right now is MAC's Soft & Gentle, it's another staple!

    corrie |

  2. Mary Lou is my fav !



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