Is there anything more satisfying than applying highlighter at the end of a really great makeup look? It’s usually one of the last steps of my routine, and I love how it brings light and life to my face. I have my fair share of highlighters in my collection, and most of them are shimmery champagne colors like Becca’s Moonstone or The Balm’s Mary Lou-Manizer.
Recently, though, I’ve been reaching for highlighters with more of a rosy quality. I’ve found that they’re much more subtle. Instead of the beam of light provided a classic highlighter, these rosy products give a “lit from within” glow that I love during the warmer months. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites at all different price points, but I’d love to know some of your favorites!
If you’re looking for a budget option, the highlighter from this Milani XL Bronzer in Dolce is a gorgeous pale rose color. (I believe that this particular shade is part of a limited edition release for summer 2015. I found it in a special display at my local CVS.) The shimmer is the least noticeable of the three, but it provides a great, subtle lift to the tops of your cheekbones, your brow bone and cupid’s bow. Given that it comes with a bronzer and highlighter, this one’s a steal for under $10.
The Balm’s Cindy Lou-Manizer is a gorgeous pinky alternative to the cult-favorite Mary Lou-Manizer. It has the most obvious sparkle of the three products listed here, but with a light hand, it looks gorgeous dusted on the high points of the face. At $24, it’s a bit more expensive, but the pan will last you a lifetime when you consider how much you actually use with each application.
Finally, if you want to splurge on something totally gorgeous and totally luxurious, the Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder in Starlight is one of the most beautiful products I’ve put on my face in a long time. If you’re not willing to spend $44 on a highlighter, then don’t swatch it because you will fall in love and you will want to bring it home with you. Despite appearing quite glittery in the pan, it’s gorgeous, and nearly undetectable on the face. Instead of putting this on the tops of my cheekbones, I love putting this on the apples of my cheeks– prior to blush, to give myself radiant, glowy skin.