Sunday, 25 August 2013

The Low Down On Liquid Highlighters

There is such a huge variety of liquid highlighters and i know sometimes it can be a struggle to find one to suit darker, tanned, asian skin tones.

I wanted to share with you what my top picks are and some are from my personal collection and others are from my kit.

Lets start with the first thing, what are liquid highlighters anyway? Think of normal highlighters but in a liquid form, which can be used in several ways. Liquid highlighters tend to be much more sheerer than powder highlighters and have more of a lotion feel to it.

How do you use these:
  • Mix it in with your moisturizer/foundation/tinted moisturizer.
  • Use it on alone on a bare face.
  • Apply it to the high points of your face - tops of your cheeks, ridge of the nose, cupids bow.
  • Use it as a wash of colour on your lids.
  • Apply a little to the centre of your lip over lipstick - it will catch the light and make your lips look fuller.
  • Use it on your shoulders or decollete to catch the light. This looks fabulous when you're on holiday.

Left-Right: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Opal, MAC Strobe Lotion, NARS Illuminator Orgasm & Super Orgasm

Becca Shimmering Skin PerfectorBLOG POST HERE

This is very similar to MAC Strobe Cream, however i find it slightly thicker in consistency. It has light diffusing particles, which gives the skin that instant radiance. This is a multi-tasking product, so its a combination of skin care and makeup. I like using this to highlight the face, because of how it instantly catches the light.

MAC Strobe Cream/LotionBLOG POST HERE

MAC Strobe lotion is a very sheer illuminating product and probably the sheerest out of my collection. It naturally illuminates the skin and isn't so obvious that you are wearing an illuminating product. This is classified as more of a skin care product because of the properties. I find this works better when used under makeup or mixed in with a foundation because of how dewy it makes the skin appear.

NARS Orgasm Illuminator - BLOG POST HERE

Orgasm illuminator replicates the natural holiday glow that we all have when we go away. You can use this product in the ways i have mentioned above. Orgasm is a pinky, peach with a hint of gold and would compliment all skin tones. I would suggest using this before powder, as there could be come lifting.

MAC Lustre Drops Sun Rush & Pink Rebel, Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush Icing, Benefit High Beam & Sun Beam

MAC Lustre Drops Sun Rush/Pink Rebel

The MAC Lustre Drops are a bit sheerer than the Benefit highlighters. It is a very buildable product and doesn't disturb the makeup underneath. The Lustre Drops can be mixed in with a lot of products, if you are looking for a more natural glow.

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush Icing - BLOG POST HERE

When i first came across these, they were a bit tricky to get the hang of because the consistency was quite watery. I would normally use this after foundation but before powder, as it does almost 'set', similar to the Benefit products. It is very long wearing and won't rub off, so it's great for people who have oily skin.

Benefit Sun Beam/High Beam - BLOG POST HERE

I have always loved using the Benefit Sun Beam because of how the golden tones enhances my skin tone. I like dabbing this on my cheek bones, as it gives the skin a healthy golden glow. I have noticed that the Benefit products do kinda 'set', so i would use this on top of makeup. I haven't noticed any lifting when applying this over powder. High Beam appears as a very icy, silver shade, but it is much more noticeable when you are wearing it. I love using this on my bridal clients.

Left-Right: Tom Ford Skin Illuminator Fire Lust, Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer #11 & #5

Tom Ford Skin Illuminator Fire Lust

This is the most expensive one of the lot, but i just had to include it! It is a pinky, peach with gold shimmer (quite similar to NARS Orgasm). This is very sheer but buildable, depending on the intensity you want. It gives a subtle glow to tanned skin tones and again can be used under, over and mixed in with makeup.

Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer #5/#11

These are the newest additions to my collection. The Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheers are radiance boosting products, which help define and illuminate the skin. No. 5 is a shimmery coral and for fairer skins, it will work as a blush but for my skin tone, i use it as an illuminator. No. 11 is very similar to NARS Orgasm and Tom Ford Fire Lust, however the formula is much more fluid and it is a tad bit sheerer.

I hope this post has helped anyone looking into liquid highlighters. I am a huge fan of them because of how versatile they are and also how the product can change the appearance of the skin. It is almost a trend to have radiant, glowing skin and these products will certainly achieve that.

What's your favourite liquid highlighter?

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  1. Very effectively written information. It is going to be worthwhile to anyone who uses it, including myself. Sustain the nice work – for certain i’ll take a look at extra posts. skin care

  2. I'm in love with the n°12 Giorgio Armani fluid sheer. It sublimates my medium-dark skin with a warmth and a glow never seen before. I apply it with a Real Techniques stippling brush. Anyhow, I have a extremely dry skin and I never use powder, even for blushes.

  3. I love this comprehensive post! You are so amazing! :) Thank you.


  4. great post! so easy to follow and understand - thank you!

  5. you have such a great highlighters collection! I wish I owned at least a couple of the ones you have~
    I haven't tried liquid highlighters yet, only cream and powder ones. I do love using highlighter on the high points of my face but I only do that whenever I go out or want to look really good! usually I don't have enough time in the morning to do my makeup as I want

  6. Hi! I am really glad I found your blog/Youtube channel. I am Bengali/Bangladeshi and I have similar skin color as yours. So I really rely on your reviews for makeup suggestions for myself. I recently purchased the NYX blush in Cinnamon and I LOVE it! I would never have picked it own my own due to the color but it looks so pretty on my skin. So thank now. I would like to know if you have any favs. or suggestion for loose/pressed powder from the drug store or dept. stores. I just started wearing makeup and I have oil control problem when I wear foundation (Lancome 420 Bisque)and would like to know if a powder will help. Thank you!

  7. Lovely post :-)

    May I say that your liquid highlighter collection is simply stunning I don't think that there is one there that I don't really like the look of!

    I use powder highlighters almost daily but strangely this post has made me realise that I don't currently own any liquid highlighters except for an old Boots No.7 Skinlights Face Illuminator! My skin tends to be quite oily and I think this probably puts me off using liquid highlighters but I feel like maybe I should experiment more and try a few liquid highlighters. They seem like such versatile and fun products after all! Plus, I really like that subtle, seamless glow that liquid highlighters can give.

    P.s. do you have any 'drugstore' liquid highlighter recommendations?

    Thanks :-) xx

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  8. What about the Mac strobe lotion in golden elixir?