Highlighters have experienced something of a resurgence in recent years, and there's a wide variety of textures, finishes and intensities on the market.
A highlighter is designed to lift the face, drawing light where you want to draw attention or create lift. 


A highlighter is designed to lift the face, drawing light where you want to draw attention or create lift. They can be used in conjunction with a bronzer or contour, but I love using them without either. My preferred formula for a highlighter is cream, as I find the finish more natural. Creams don't draw attention to uneven texture (whether it's roughness, blemishes or fine lines) the way powder does, and looks more natural and seamless.

You apply highlighter to the high points of the face — the tops of the cheekbones, cupid's bow (the ^^ of your top lip), bridge of the nose (please don't apply it to the tip!), and inner corner of the eye. I also like to apply it sparingly to the very center of the eyelid, at the base of the lashes, so it catches the light as you move, and underneath the brow bone. As with all makeup, the key is to blend it well.

Choosing the right highlighter online can be tricky, so I've given a short review of some of my favourite organic highlighters I've tried below. I've also photographed them all together so you can see the different textures and shades.

Clockwise from centre bottom: Edible Beauty Luminous Angel Drops, Maya Chia Highlight of the Day Golden Hour, Kjaer Weis Radiance, Vapour Beauty Halo Illuminator 24k, RMS Beauty Master Mixer, RMS Beauty Living Luminiser, Ere Perez Versatile Vanilla Highlighter Falling Star & Edible Beauty Luminous Angel Highlighting Creme

Kjaer Weis Radiance

Left to right: Kjaer Weis Radiance, Vapour Beauty Halo Illuminator 24k, RMS Beauty Master Mixer, RMS Beauty Living Luminiser, Ere Perez Versatile Vanilla Highlighter Falling Star

rms beauty Living Luminiser

This was the first organic highlighter I ever purchased, and it will hold a special place in my heart (and my make-up bag!) forever because of this. But, for products to find a permanent place in my kit, that have to perform. The rms beauty Living Luminiser is glowing skin in a pot. This sheer white-based highlighter blends beautifully onto the skin to give a stunning dewy, lit-from-within look.

The shimmer particles are incredibly fine, so there is no glitter whatsoever, making this perfect for a natural look, and mature skin.

If you have darker skin, don't fear it's white appearance. With a coconut oil base, it's more clear than white and just provides a pretty glow.

Edible Beauty Luminous Angel Highlighting Drops


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This is a gorgeous warm, rose gold-toned liquid highlighter. This product is quite sheer, so if your skin is quite fair don't shy away. My favourite way to use this is underneath makeup as an illuminating primer, then take whatever is left on the back of my hand and apply to the high points of the face as per usual.

I also love adding a few drops to my shoulders & collar bones for a subtle, golden glow. You can also mix 2-3 drops into your foundation for a more luminous, sheer finish. The shimmer particles are very fine, so you won't look like a disco ball, I promise ;)

Maya Chia Highlight of the Day Golden Hour & Edible Beauty Luminous Angel Drops


Ere Perez Versatile Vanilla Highlighter (Falling Star)


With it's golden vanilla tone, I love this for when I want a more golden or warmer look, and it's heavier texture makes it brilliant for highlighting the collar bone. It blends easily and also comes in a more bronze tone (Sun Halo) for darker skin tones. Because it has more of a tint to it, this highlighter works especially well for skin tones from medium through to dark.

rms beauty Master Mixer

The rms beauty Master Mixer isn't just a highlighter. This rose-gold little wonder can also be mixed with any other product, or applied anywhere on the face to add warmth (cheeks, bridge of nose, eyelids) or a rose gold tone and added dimension (lips). 

The Master Mixer is slightly drier in texture than the Living Luminiser, yet just as blendable and one of my favourite products.

Again because of the warm tint, this highlighter also works well for any skin tone from light, to medium through to dark. 

Left to right: Kjaer Weis Radiance, Vapour Beauty Halo Illuminator 24k, RMS Beauty Master Mixer & RMS Beauty Living Luminiser

Maya Chia Highlight of the Day Golden Hour

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter // International

Radiance has a slightly cool lilac or lavender tone in the pan, but it blends absolutely beautifully on the skin. You can really build this up for an incredibly glam effect, or keep it light for a more natural look. The shimmer particles are probably most obvious in this highlighter out of them all, but they are still fine enough that you certainly don't look like you're wearing glitter on your face. 

My skin tone is neutral so I can wear both warm and cool tones, but if your skin is on the cool side, then this highlighter would be perfect for you. For a cream, the Kjaer Weis Highlighters are very light on the skin and drier than other cream-based products. 


Lily Lolo Sculpt & Glow Contour Duo (Highlighter)


This pressed powder highlighter is a soft honey-vanilla tone and it blends well over the skin. 
The Lily Lolo Highlighter is flat (no shimmer particles). It gives a gorgeous glow, and can be used in a full contour and highlight application, on all areas of the face, due to the finish and tones. 

It builds up well, so for a really defined cheekbone, you can simply layer it up.

Edible Beauty Luminous Angel Highlighting Creme
Ere Perez Versatile Vanilla Highlighter Falling Star

Maya Chia Highlight of the Day


This comes in four different shades, I have it in Golden Hour. 
Golden Hour is a warm white-based highlighter, similar to the RMS Living Luminiser, but warmer, and less transparent. This liquid highlighter is more pigmented than the Edible Beauty Luminous Angel Drops. The shimmer particles in this highlighter are more prominent, but due to being more concentrated/pigmented — not because they are large and obvious. 

I absolutely adore this highlighter — liquids take a little more effort than cream or powder, but the beauty of the finish is worth it. I wear this whenever I feel like I want some sparkle and something extra without being over the top. 

Edible Beauty Luminous Angel Highlighting Creme

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This creme is intensely pigmented with a rich, copper to rose gold tone. It has a whipped, mousse-like texture and is lighter than the other cream highlighters mentioned, with a drier finish. Apply onto the back of the hand and tap onto the high points of the face. I also like to mix this with Alima Pure's Loose Shimmer Eyeshadows, to amp up the shimmer and give a slightly metallic finish to the eye. 

You can also mix it with your tinted moisturiser, primer or body lotion for a subtle all-over glow!

Vapour Beauty Halo Illuminator | USA

I have this in the shade 24k, which is a pale golden highlighter and a limited edition for the 2018 holidays. This highlighter is probably the sheerest out of all of them, adding subtle warmth and glow to the skin. Even if you are quite fair, or have redness in the skin, you would be able to pull this highlighter off, as it doesn't have the red base the other rose-gold highlighters have. 

The Vapour Halo Illuminator layers well and can be built up for a more obvious highlight, or worn as a sheer, subtle glow.

Overall

If I had to choose a favourite...it would probably be the RMS Living Luminiser, or Kjaer Weis Radiance, however, each product I've mentioned works well for different skin tones, or tastes.
Do you have a favourite highlighter, or any that aren't on this list? Let me know below and don't forget you can always ask any questions by emailing me, or via instagram!
         
         

        
        
Kelsey xx
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