I love the subtle glow of highlighter, but how can I use it without ending up looking sweaty, not sexy?
For the record, a sweaty post-workout glow is sexy. But we get your point. Autumn and winter are the perfect seasons to break out the highlighter, as it’s not competing with perspiration. Since sheen is your issue, we’re guessing you have an oily skin type, in which case a powder formula is key (you’re using a creamy one, right?). Prep skin with a mattifying primer, followed by your favourite foundation or tinted moisturiser (or nothing if that’s your game), then use a tapered brush, which will pick up just the right amount of product, and sweep the powder across the highest part of the cheeks, temples, wherever (highlighter is fun to freestyle, but go for a touch of radiance, not a hi-vis strip of light).
Selecting the right shade is also essential. If you’re fair, opt for something more pink. For medium tones, peachy shades are beautiful, while darker skin looks amazing with peach or bronze. As a general rule, if the highlighter is two to three shades lighter than your foundation, you’re good to go.
Can’t quit the creamy stuff? Try Benefit’s cream-to-powder formula — you’ll still dab/smudge/blend it in, but it sets with a velvety finish that won’t look slick an hour later.
Kate Highlighting Palette in 04, $16.95, RIMMEL LONDON, 1800 812 663 Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo in Mean Money/hu$tla Baby, $50, FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA, sephora.com.au Watt’s Up! Cream Highlighter, $53, BENEFIT, myer.com.au
Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo in Lightning Dust/fire Crystal, $50, FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA, sephora.com.au