Highlighter is an easy way to make your makeup look more natural and gives an instant glow to your skin that totally gives the impression that you have a glowing complexion (and with a little contouring, great bone structure).

A dabbing of Beauty Flash Balm onto the tops of the cheeks and under the brow after you’ve done your face (or just on bare skin) will add that dewiness looks maybe like you’ve just got back from yoga. It’s also probably the sheerest of the bunch, however it does have a sticky texture and would work best on dry to normal skin types. If you’re opting to wear foundation (and concealer, and corrector, etc…), you’re better off using Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector before hand. One of Lisa Eldridge’s favourites, it gives you that underlying sheen you want minus the sparkles and, well, the obviousness. A thin layer under under some liquid or cream base products one the cheekbones, browbones and bridge of the nose will give you that natural glow.

High Beam is mega-famous for it’s handy liquid formula and it’s not-so-subtle results (not a bad thing though!). This one’s great as long as you really blend it (especially if you’re wearing other face products) and avoid layering with powder products–liquids and creams will blend beautifully with this one. For an obvious highlight, this one’s your best bet. Amanda will sometimes mix a few drops of this liquid light into her foundation for a fresh, bright look.

A recent find, Giorgio Armani’s Eccentrico is the perfect all-in-one cheek colour. The four different shades make the perfect flush, complemented by the iridescent white will make your cheeks glow, literally. I love powder highlighters for my oily skin–when you’ve set your foundation with powder, any liquid highlighter you applied prior kind of loses it’s lustre. And for a cheap winner, Topshop’s Highlighter in Crescent Moon is one of my favourites. It’s got the wow factor of High Beam except it’s more opalescent than iridescent.

Shall we get glowing?

–Anna Raponi

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