Highlight Game Strong





I know I’ve been in my own little world over here in my apartment [or, the study fortress] for the past two months, but how long has “strobing” been a thing for? Isn’t that what we beauty folks call highlighting? Let me know in the comments – I need to know what’s up there.

Anywho, back to what I’m here to talk about – my fave highlighters. As you can see from the photos above, I’m partial to cream textures, especially when it comes to more natural/daytime looks. Here we go:

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow – a pale gold shimmer that does an incredible job of picking up the light. I normally don’t apply this during the day, as it can be a bit much, but for night – I’ll generously apply to the high points of my cheekbones, and down the bridge of my nose.

MAKE Cosmetics Matte/Dew – the pale pink side adds such a pretty natural sheen to cheeks, or to wherever else you want a bit of extra glow. It contains very, very fine shimmer – really the most natural looking of the bunch.

Jouer Tiare – this cream shimmering gold highlighter is really lightweight, and blends really nicely. My favorite way to use this product is on my eyes – specifically, on the inner corners, as well as on my brow bone.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal – a subtle gold-champagne cream that I’ve been using everywhere – cheekbones, brow bones, inner corners of the eyes, cupid’s bow. The consistency is really smooth, really blendable.

Topshop Glow – this cooler-toned highlighter has a mousse-like consistency, and has a pearlescent effect. A little bit goes a long way, but it still adds a pretty natural, lit-from-within glow. I break this out more during the winter, but I took it out of its hibernation recently, and can’t get enough.

Nars Orgasm Illuminator – I think this one has to take the cake, you guys. Are you sick of seeing it in almost every photo on my Instagram? I promise you – it’s just. that. good. A natural golden-peachy-pink highlight that I have been applying very generously to my cheeks, sometimes as a blush, sometimes as an extra highlight. It just livens up my very sleepy face, and looks so, so pretty.

Wander Beauty On The Glow Blush and Illuminator – ahh I love this stuff. The nude illuminator is so natural, so it can be applied basically anywhere on the face [ok, you may not want to slather it over your entire face, but you know what I mean]. It provides a gorgeous sheen on cheeks, eyes, lips – anywhere.

Nars Luxor Multiple – how cute is this mini multiple?! I got it in a set a while back, and brought it back out not long ago. It’s kind of like the solid version of the Topshop glow – it provides the same sort of pearly, iridescent sheen, only it leans more pink, and is a bit more noticeable once applied.

Nudestix Bronzing Pencil – this pencil is so perfect for on-the-go application, especially if you want to take your look from day to night quickly. I’ve used the golden side on my cheekbones, and as an eyeshadow and inner corner highlight.

What are your favorite highlighters?




  1. July 15, 2015 / 2:20 am

    I really want to try the Wander stick. You should check out the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop!

  2. July 15, 2015 / 3:57 am

    I’m thinking of getting the NARS highlighter in Orgasm….once I save enough money of course!

  3. July 15, 2015 / 6:41 am

    Strobing came out of nowhere, but it’s nothing new! I absolutely adore highlighting, Topshop Glow is one of my faves as well, but I love TheBalm Mary and Cindy-lou and the Colourpop highlighters! Really want to try the Becca powders and Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow 🙂

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  4. July 15, 2015 / 7:15 am

    The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer is one of my favourite highlighters! I did pick up that CT Bronze&Glow palette the other day – finally! – but I haven’t worn it yet; it looks too pretty to use!

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

  5. July 15, 2015 / 10:41 am

    I’ve been using the lightest shade from the Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette as a highlight lately, absolutely love it! I also mix Becca Liquid Skin Perfector in Opal with my foundation, it gives such a nice glow. 🙂

  6. July 15, 2015 / 12:21 pm

    Strobing is basically the same thing as highlighting, although I think it usually uses liquid to get more of that ultra-dewy and wet look. There’s also usually no contouring if you’re strobing. I only heard of strobing about a week or so ago but I think it’s ridiculous that we need another name for highlighting.

  7. July 15, 2015 / 4:55 pm

    Ahh I love your picks! The MAKE one is one of my favorites for a daytime look! Also – in regards to strobing, I always think of what Sam from PixiWoo once said…beauty trends are mostly the same each season. The industry just comes up for a new term for it every time. Like in the Fall, one year it’s “matte skin” the next year it’s “velvet skin” lol.

  8. July 16, 2015 / 12:07 am

    I just picked up my third Becca highlighter – they are probably the most perfect, most beautiful products in my collection!

  9. July 16, 2015 / 3:32 pm

    I love to mix liquid highlighter into my tinted moisturizer. Lately I’ve been all about Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Topaz. I am totally obsessed! I find that it blends in better than the NARS illuminator, though I do like that one also.

    Adia | beauty luxe life

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