Highlighters: Your Best Friend & Essential Makeup Product Come Winter

During the warmer months it’s so easy to create a radiant and glowing complexion; there’s nothing more beautiful than sunkissed skin that’s absorbed all the goodness from the great outdoors. However, come the colder months our skin is increasingly likely to look dull and flat – central heating, chilly mornings and total lack of Vitamin D can play havoc with the surface of our skin. I’m much more likely to play it minimalist on the makeup front when I’m confident in what’s underneath, but from October onwards I’m more than happy to pile on the slap and create a uniform base using all the tools at my disposal. A simple highlighter can be your best friend in the colder months, adding a touch of warmth and radiance to skin that can’t be created by anything else; traditionally it may be more of a summer product, but a stash of highlighters could be your secret weapon this winter.

Applying a shimmering powder or cream to the top of cheekbones really does create a radiant look that oozes health; we naturally associate radiance with youth and well-being, so a delicate sprinkle can really make an overwhelming difference to your look. Applying it as the final product (over your base and powder) will ensure it catches the light and blends in with the rest of your makeup; I like to sweep a little on the tops of my cheeks from the inner corner and out towards the tops of my ears. A delicate dusting is all you need (if you overdo it you could end up looking like a glitter ball, so use the ‘build-up’ technique to ensure it’s not OTT,) giving you a sexy glamous glow.

My current favourite highlighter is the Urban Decay ‘Naked Illuminated’ baked powder, offering a nude finish with just a touch of three-dimensional shimmer. However, creamy formulas like Benefit’s Watts Up and No7’s Instant Radiance Highlighter are great for those that are a little nervous about applying something shimmering to their face. The creamy formula can be dabbed on using a finger, focusing on the upper cheekbones and blending the result into the skin for a subtle finish. Bobbi Brown offer a huge selection of highlighters that also provide depth of colour, ensuring the face is sculpted to perfection; their Christmas offering combines a traditional creamy shade with a tone of pink to warm the complexion. Utterly beautiful.

To add even more warmth and depth to your look, a simple touch of highlighter down the base of the nose and under the brows will help to create subtle sculpting – without looking like a Kardashian. The key is to keep it understated and natural, like you’ve just dashed out and become a little flushed rushing for the bus. You don’t want to look like you’ve undertaken three rounds with Mike Tyson or rolled around on the Strictly Come Dancing dancefloor. A highlighter or two could really mean the difference between a good and a great party look this festive season… Investing in something shimmering will not only see you good this Christmas, but keep you looking fresh as a daisy well into the new year.

Are you a fan of highlighters? Which are your favourite?

11 Comments

  1. Emily
    November 26, 2014 / 11:20 am

    I love highlighter, it's an everyday essential for me! I love Benefit High Beam and Topshop's Sunbeam. Beauty and Lifestyle Blogxx

  2. Miss Emma Charlotte
    November 26, 2014 / 11:58 am

    I adore highlighters! Love your picks, my current favourite would have to be Nars Albatross for evening and Mac's soft and gentle for daytime :)X Emma | http://www.missemmacharlotte.com

  3. Emily Knott
    November 26, 2014 / 12:57 pm

    Benefits highlighter has to be one of my all time favourites. But my current go to which I have fallen in love with is Charlotte Tilbury’s film star bronze and glow! It’s perfect! http://www.britishbeautyaddict.com

  4. Kathya Stryzak
    November 26, 2014 / 1:41 pm

    Muchos iluminadores buenos..el de benefit es perfecto!

  5. Katy Stephenson
    November 26, 2014 / 4:33 pm

    i absolutely love highlighters, they really make such a difference to my face! my favourite is the superdry one!love katy @ THE RAWRDROBE ♡

  6. Missmacbeauty
    November 26, 2014 / 7:57 pm

    I love highlighters! Especially Benefit, they make beautiful cream ones!Missmacbeauty | Missmacbeauty

  7. zsuzsanna wrywood
    November 26, 2014 / 9:20 pm

    What a beautiful highlighters! I myself only just started using it for everyday use but I really like highlighters and my favorite is Mary Lou manizer from The Balm.Z ♥ http://beautybyz.blogspot.se/

  8. Lily
    November 26, 2014 / 9:24 pm

    I have recently purchased some Topshop highlighters and they are amazing. The Balm highlighter is top of my Christmas list too xpintsizedbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

  9. Stephanie
    November 27, 2014 / 9:32 pm

    I love highlighters, I use them every single day! I'd love to try the Urban Decay baked highlighter!Stephaniehttp://missstephanieusher.blogspot.co.uk/ http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/3436251 xxxx

  10. Carla @ Blush Parade
    November 27, 2014 / 9:37 pm

    I'm obsessed with cream hightlighters at the moment. I have two minis of Watts Up and totally adore it, and I recently got the No7 Instant Radiance (and it looks very promising!). Girl Meets Pearl and Topshop Glow Pot are next on the list. 🙂

  11. Raquel
    December 2, 2014 / 6:33 pm

    I love the L'Oreal Lumi (very similar to the becca shimmering skin perfector one)… it's subtle and suits my pale complexion 🙂 x

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