All You Need For A Perfectly Highlighted Face
Having talked about my core collection of products that I find are excellent for contouring, I really must point out the best highlighting products t that I’ve come across. There are two in fact, and these are my makeup bag staples, doubling up as eyeshadows as well as highlighters.
I’ll start with my main staple; I use the Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder as an everyday essential for highlighting the face as well as using it as a natural shadow. It’s a lovely champagne coloured pressed powder that’s great for most skintones and is the perfect shade and finish for daytime as well as evening, being very muted with no sparkle, just the faintest ‘glowy shimmer’. Only a light hand is needed when applying this, although it does give a very sheer finish and you can layer the powder to build up the shimmer if you want to create more of a glow. This product will therefore last you quite a long time.
Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Highlighting Powder; a great everyday essential highlighter which suits all skintones, and doubles up as a natural shade of eyeshadow. Great for everyday use and especially for wearing during the daytime.
The Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder comes with its own brush inside the mirrored compact but I tend to use the Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush to highlight the nose, chin, cheekbones, forehead, brow bone and rest of the face, as well as occasionally using it around the eyelid area. The Nars yachiyo Kabuki Brush is also what I use for contouring the face and for applying blush powder; it’s a real all-rounder and despite being expensive, it’s worth the money purely for the fact that it has so many uses and replaces so many brushes, you simply need the one brush for applying blusher, contouring and highlighting; (I even use this brush to apply shadow or contour powder to the eye socket sometimes).
Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush. A very soft multi-use brush that’s perfect for applying pigmented powder blushers lightly and also for contouring, highlighting as well as being a great crease brush for the eye socket. The brush head is approx. 2 inches wide at the widest section and has a pointy tip.
I find that this powder doesn’t make my pores look bigger at all, unlike other highlighting powders I’ve used (namely Nars ‘Albatross’, which is the biggest culprit for this ‘emphasizing large pores’ problem and the Nars Albatross powder actually has more of a white coloured obvious shimmer to it which doesn’t suit my MAC NC30 skin as it’s a bit too pale).
Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Highlighting Powder; shown with swatch on back of hand. (Swatch is shown blended at the top of the swatch and shown unblended at the bottom)
My other favourite highlighting product is another powder, but it’s one that I use very very sparingly and only during evenings, especially if it’s a night out. It’s the MAC ‘SIlver Dusk’ Iridescent Loose Powder and this little baby is beautiful when applied, but does give more of a sparkly finish. It looks amazing when worn during the evening and really does give you that ‘star quality’ finish.
MAC ‘SIlver Dusk’ Iridescent Loose Powder
It comes in a tub and is not easily portable because it’s a loose powder, but you’ll only need the tiniest amount of this powder, so just dab the tip of the brush very very lightly onto the powder and apply sparingly to the areas you’d like to highlight.
MAC ‘SIlver Dusk’ Iridescent Loose Powder (shown as an unblended swatch on the back of the hand.
It’s also great as a sparkly layer of shadow. Great for all skintones, this highlighting powder looks especially gorgeous on darker skintones. Just make sure you only use the teeny tiniest amount when applying it to the face (including cheekbones, brow bone, cupid’s bow of the lip, centre of lip, forehead, chin, nose). It can even be used on the collarbone or shoulders, it’s that gorgeous to look at under evening lights!
MAC ‘SIlver Dusk’ Iridescent Loose Powder (shown as a blended swatch on the back of the hand).