Highlighters and illuminators

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Illuminators and highlighters

Most of us turn to bronzers when we want to add a bit of shimmer or illuminate parts of our skin. Though they work beautifully and are perfect for summer, not everyone can wear them (think those with very fair skin) and the bronze colour doesn’t always suit the rest of your make-up. Enter: highlighters and illuminators.

A bit more obscure than bronzers, these magical products do exactly what their names suggest ­– they give the skin a shimmery glow, and allow you to highlight areas you want to draw attention to (think cheekbones, brow bones and the bridge of your nose). They come in many different shades, from ivory to darker shades of brown, so there’s a colour for every skin tone. They contain brightening / illuminating particles that “uplift” the skin and add that sought-after dewy glow.

Available in liquid, powder and cream form, they’re ideal for sculpting and contouring and are perfect for adding glow to a dull complexion.

Here, a few of our current favourites:

MAC Cream Colour BaseR190

Guerlain Météorites Crazy Pearls Illuminating PowderR650

Smashbox Halo Highlighting WandR350

Yves Saint Laurent Touche ÉclatR445

Clarins Instant Light Brush On Perfector, R315

The Body Shop Brush On Radiance, R199

Other articles you may be interested in:
Summer’s hottest make-up shades
How to: Apply blusher
Battle of the CC creams
How to: Apply bronzer like a pro
Contouring with Elizabeth Arden

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Anien studied English and journalism before heading off into the world of beauty. An undercover "tree hugger" and fashion lover, she's usually found with her nose in a magazine. She has far too many bottles of nail polish and is completely lost without her lip balm. Anien on Google+

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  1. Cassie Nakar

    I totally love highlighters & concealers for the mere fact that I have acne prone skin and can experience breakouts anytime of the month. Concealers have lately been a super favourite to always have in my bag and for those days when I just want to glow I would do some highlighting, and of course for a night out I love the look for bright glowing skin. I had tried THE BODY SHOP Brush On Radiance and I was super impressed.

    5 years ago •

  1. Fatima Bibi Hoosen

    The Body Shop Brush on Radiance is lovely. Lasts really long too

    5 years ago •

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  1. DivaDesle

    Guerlain pearls are the best when it comes to a great shimmer. And they are so pretty too:-)

    5 years ago •

  1. anisha

    I have the Samashbox halo highlighter & trust me when I say that it really highlights your features!! Move over J’Lo

    5 years ago •

  1. Sammy

    I’m not sure how to apply a shimmer but only is to try

    5 years ago •

  1. Adele

    They all look so great, have to try the Clarins Instant Light Brush on Perfector

    5 years ago •

  1. fay

    every girl needs a YSl Touche Eclat in her life!

    5 years ago •

  1. Ayesh

    Just love those bronzing pearls! Just ordered a set from Avon! They are more reasonably-priced than the Bodyshop’s. Only R145 I think, for a container of the same size. There are definitely cheaper highlighting products out there which do not compromise on quality. If you only know where to look. ;)

    5 years ago •

  1. Jenna-Lee Pretorius

    I too find it so hard to apply, is there a video to show how
    I love make-up and would love to try this as I am always trying to be tanned?

    5 years ago •

  1. Cornelli

    I never really knew what the use for a highlighter is but after this great article im def gonna go buy me some!

    5 years ago •

  1. Khalisi

    I never really know where or how to apply shimmers but with the comment below i will surely give it a shot!

    5 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    These all look so beautiful, love the Body Shop beads

    5 years ago •

  1. me

    Never heard of these before. I will have to go and read up on it.

    5 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    Bronzing pearls are amazing! I love that they do not have a flat tone but offer dimensions of colours from the different pearls.

    5 years ago •

  1. CherylGD

    My YSL Touche Éclat is probably my most coveted item in my make up kit simply because you can do so much with it whether to use as an illuminator or lip primer. And with the restrictions on what you carry on in hand luggage on airplanes, its the ultimate travel accessory fitting snugly into any handbag and offering multi purpose solutions. Expensive but so worth it

    5 years ago •

  1. Caythe

    hahaha wow I’m surely learning a lot about make up and stuff…I never thought you have to consider so much things

    5 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    love highlighters and bronzers they are my secret weapon

    5 years ago •

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