With summer’s glow fading by the minute, there’s no better time to fake lit-from-within winter skin. A strict bedtime routine of hydrating serums and ceramide-packed masks will help boost overall moisture levels – but perhaps nothing will provides that ethereal sheen quite like the right highlighter.
Liquid, powder, glitter, or glimmer, it’s virtually foolproof and can be dabbed on anywhere, anytime – although most pros recommend tapping it onto the high planes of the face for supernatural skin in seconds. Here, six celebrity make-up artists share their favorite formulas for a healthy, luminous complexion all year round.
Chanel Poudre Lumière in Ivory Gold, AED/SAR 174
“One of my favorite highlighters is the Chanel Poudre Lumière because it’s buildable and adds the perfect amount of glow on the skin. I usually apply it right after foundation but before bronzers or blush so it doesn’t wash out the shade. For a light application I use a feather brush and for a bolder look, I like Pat McGrath Labs’s Buffer Brush. Places I like to focus on: cheekbones, nose bridge, chin, and right in the middle of the forehead, wherever I want light to reflect.”
Glossier Balm Dotcom, AED/SAR 46; Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow, AED/SAR 108
“My favorite highlighter isn’t actually a highlighter. I love to use an emollient balm on areas of the face, like the cheekbones and brow bones. It gives a very expensive, healthy-looking glow that reflects beautifully without any powdery or shimmery texture on the skin. Recently I’ve been loving the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder Glow, which I sweep lightly across cheeks. It doesn’t leave a heavy-looking texture behind. Then I follow by patting a bit of lip balm right over it with my fingers. The reflection is heavenly.”
Marc Jacobs Coconut Gel Highlighter, AED/SAR 149.
“I love the Marc Jacobs Coconut Gel Highlighter. You can mix with your foundation or even suncream for the dewy look, and it also works for the body when used alone or blended with moisturizer.”
Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Powder, AED/SAR 237
“The Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Powder is universal and looks great on all skin tones and textures. I personally love swirling both colors together for the most radiant and perfect natural, balanced glow. If you want a major gleam, lightly mist your buffing brush with a facial water spray before applying the highlighter.”
Kiehl’s Glow Formula Skin Hydrator, AED/SAR 139
“Glow Formula Skin Hydrator is my favorite formula by Kiehl’s because of its versatility. I like to use one or two pumps mixed in with foundation to create a natural filter and second-skin finish. It works under makeup as a primer or on top of makeup for added luminosity. And I love it all over the body alone for a healthy sheen, perfect for red carpet or editorial.”
Dior Backstage Glow Face Palette, AED/SAR 142
“This Dior palette can be layered to look more subtle or to give a blinding glow – it’s very buildable, works on all skin tones, and I like to use the deepest copper shade as blush or contour. I also love Marc Jacobs Dew Drops because the product is so multi-purpose. I can use it as primer – it leaves pearly luminosity on the skin – or I mix it right into foundation to make a non-glowy foundation glowy. And of course, I use it on top of foundation as a highlighter with a synthetic brush so it pops more!”