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The Kit

10 Of The Best Highlighters

Highlighting or ‘strobing’, as they call it backstage, is a failsafe way to mimic glowing skin. The secret to a natural radiance? Only use highlighters at the points at which your face refracts light: the cheekbones, down the tip of the nose, the Cupid’s bow, brow bone and the high points of the temples. Start transforming your skin from the very first step with targeted skincare, followed by a shimmering primer that creates a lit-from-within radiance, and glow boosters that can be added to your day-to-day foundation. From there, boost gleam with powders or cream, depending on your preference. Glow your own way with our edit of high-performance highlighters…

The Long-Wear

Yves Saint Laurent’s infamous Touche Éclat gets an upgrade with a shot of shimmer that can be applied straight to the skin, over make-up, or mixed with liquid foundation, blush or bronze formulas. Boasting long-lasting technology, the smooth, shimmering gel works just as well on limbs and the collar bone for head-to-toe glow, too.

The Skincare

While La Prairie’s serum revitalises skin on the surface, it contains vitamin B3 and ginger root extract to encourage regeneration and quality from within. 

The Primer

Apply a drop or two of Guerlain’s Météorites Base primer before make-up to get glowing from the first step.

The Booster

Boost your skincare – or make-up – with Charlotte Tilbury’s glowing hero. Just two drops will add flattering radiance.

Charlotte Tilbury
Brightening Youth Glow

The All-Over Glow

Shiseido’s water-based illuminator gives an understated, pretty gleam that’s soft enough to apply all over the face.

The Concealer

Sensai’s Highlighting Concealer disguises any imperfections and boosts moisture for a fresh appearance. Offering light-to-medium coverage, the concealer is best used to brighten under-eye shadows and correct pigmentation. For a heavier coverage, twin with a thicker formula, like Esteé Lauder Stay-In-Place Flawless Wear Concealer, and apply Sensai’s Highlighting Concealer over the top to freshen and brighten.

The Multitasker

Huda Beauty palettes are cleverly designed to include blush, bronze and illuminator for a shimmering contoured look. 

The Palette

The graded tones of MAC’s Hyper Real Glow Palette mean you can create a bespoke look to suit the occasion.

The Non-Highlighter

With no shimmer or glitter in sight, Perricone MD’s pearlescent pink serum is best applied over make-up for a brightening effect.

The Sunkissed Glow

Mimic sunkissed skin with a brightening body tint; Sisley’s contains golden mother of pearl for luminous limbs.