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 Base, R190
Guerlain Météorites Crazy Pearls Illuminating Powder, R650
Smashbox Halo Highlighting Wand, R350
Clarins Instant Light Brush On Perfector, R315
The Body Shop Brush On Radiance, R199