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To beautify your look, one of the most eagerly sought-after products is the highlighter. When used for contouring, highlighting can help brighten your entire face and give you a more youthful, radiant look. While contouring creates shadows in certain areas of your face the jaw and cheekbones, highlighting helps illuminate your face (specifically the under-eye area, bridge of nose, center of forehead and chin). Imagine a “heart” shape at the center of your face—everything within the heart should be highlighted, while the outside should remain untouched, or, if you so choose, contoured.


There are many incredible highlighting products on the market which allow you to show off your best features. One of these is Benefit’s Girl Meets Pearl. This product is literally like liquid pearl for your face. Light reflects from the pearlescent pigments and creates a luminescent glow wherever it’s placed. What’s more, this product includes soothing ingredients such as raspberry and chamomile to make your skin not only look, but feel beautiful too.

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For the warmer months or for those who are lucky enough to have a golden complexion year-round, there is also Benefit’s Golden Bronze Complexion Highlighter to give you that sun kissed fresh-off-the-beach glow. This product is best applied right on the tops of your cheekbones for a healthy beach-like sheen.


Bare Minerals has also come out with a natural Face Lifting Duo which couldn’t be any easier to apply. It comes in both a variety of tones, which makes blending a cinch. It also offers quality coverage, so it acts as a foundation, concealer, and highlighter all in one.


Yet another amazing highlighting product is Smashbox’s Artificial Light Luminizing Lotion. This product can be blended in to several of your daily items like your foundation, primer, or even your moisturizer. If you’re looking for more of a highlighter rather than an all-over glow, dab small amounts of this product after your makeup is applied with the pads of your fingers or a brush.

If you’re looking for a drugstore alternative to these highlighters, try Revlon ColorStay Mineral Finishing Powder. Their ColorStay line is absolutely incredible and lasts all day long, but this product really takes the cake. It gives you a really nice soft glow without being too sparkly or “cheap” looking.