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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

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