Fab Makeup & Highlighters To Achieve An Instagrammable Glow – No Matter Your Budget

You can’t flick through the ‘gram without spotting some killer cheekbones or glowing skin that’s reflecting more light than a solar panel; highlighters and radiance boosters have become big news in beauty, and they’re not just for those social media stars and makeup gurus – a fabulous highlight can work no matter your skill, age or skin type. It helps skin to look radiant, healthy and full of life, even when it’s seen better days or you’re seriously lacking in sleep. Whether you inject a touch of light to your base, dab it on with a finger or buff it in with a brush, there’s a solution to suit your needs. Here are just some of my current faves, many of which are super affordable too.

YSL Touche Eclat Glow Shot (£23.00)
The packaging may make this look like a lipgloss (they really didn’t think through the application of this!) but within the small tube is a beautiful creamy highlighter that leaves a really subtle glow on skin. It dries beautifully with an invisible texture, providing a natural glow that looks like you’ve just had a great nights sleep. I’d definitely recommend applying this to the back of your hand and dabbing to the top of cheekbones, rather than direct to skin.

MUA Luxe Light Lustre Liquid Highlight (£5.00)
pigmented and silky smooth, this liquid highlighter adds a subtle
shimmer to skin and leaves it looking so much brighter. Available in
three shades, this definitely gives you an Insta-worthy glow without
costing a fortune. I love a small amount blotted to the tops of
cheekbones and down the bridge of the nose, or mixed into my base and
dabbed on with a sponge.

Bobbi Brown Extra Pink Glow Illuminating Moisture Balm (£44.50)
A great first step pre-base, this rich balm texture helps to hydrate the skin while leaving a subtle pinky glow on the surface. It’s great to either use instead of your traditional moisturiser, or you can mix a little in with your foundation for all-over brightness; I really love the richness of this, but it’s not heavy on the skin at all. Although it’s super pricey, it’s one of those that you’ll really get the most out of every last drop.

Clarins SOS Primer (£26.50)
not technically a highlight, this primer helps to brighten the
complexion and counteract sallow skin – leaving you looking far fresher
and more radiant from the very first step. The texture is incredibly
creamy, but leaves skin feeling smooth and fresh; although you won’t be
sparkling all the way to work in the morning, I do see a visible
difference in the overall look of my complexion when I use it.

Sleek Highlighting Palette (£9.99)
highlighting quad is all you need to inject a touch of radiance,
leaving skin warm and glowing. With two powder and two cream formulas to
choose from, they’re definitely on the side of sparkly and aren’t for
the understated among you – but the results are amazing and they
definitely leave skin with an Instagrammable look.

Memi Perfecting Radiance Primer (£16.00)
Designed to blur imperfections and prep the skin for your base, this is enriched with illuminating particles that help skin to glow; the understated pink shade catches the light beautifully and works just as well on naked skin as mixed with your base, plus you can also dab a little direct to cheekbones for added radiance. It’s super affordable for the quantity, plus it looks somewhat fancy on your dresser.

C.Y.O Bronzing & Highlighting Palette (£5.00)
No doubt a dupe for the classic Bobbi Brown ‘shimmer brick’, this affordable alternative offers a similar hue and texture (although it’s definitely not as smooth as Bobbi’s) but a much friendlier price point. With five shades included, this works beautifully when applied with a fluffy brush to the tops of cheekbones – but the shades can also be used indivdually with a finger if you’re after a specific glow or more precise result. Find this fab new brand in Boots.

Which of my current faves do you think you may give a go, or treat yourself to this coming payday?


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  1. M
    April 10, 2018 / 11:36 pm

    I can't wait to try the Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Balm in the new shades! I love the original!xo Milliehttp://www.modishrambling.com

    • Hayley Hall
      April 11, 2018 / 7:24 am

      It's such a beautiful formula isn't it! And a fab subtle glow.

  2. The Sunday Mode
    April 22, 2018 / 12:33 pm

    Ooo the dupe for the shimmer brick looks beautiful. Highlighters are always my fav part of my makeup routine, I love using the Becca powder highlighters!Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • Hayley Hall
      April 22, 2018 / 5:25 pm

      It's such a steal too! I love a highlighter – I feel a bit naked without one.

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