Two months ago I had never used a highlighter let alone bought one and after watching some videos and doing some research I decided I needed to try out this latest trend.
Highlighting, also known as strobing is used to enhance and accentuate your bone structure as the light reflects the pigment of the highlighter, giving the appearance of a healthy glow. I have come to adore this look especially for the coming summer months!
The key to using highlight and not looking like a hot mess.
- A little goes a long way! I only use highlighter on my cheekbones, above the curve of my brows, on my cupids bow and down the bridge of my nose. You can also use highlighter on your collar bones if you are wearing a tank top to help accentuate your bone structure! Going over board on your application will result in a hot mess!
- When using a highlighter only use shimmer in your highlighter, use matte powders for the rest of your face Ie blush, bronzer, foundation etc. This will help accentuate and highlight your features as well as help avoid a your whole face reflecting light!
- Find a highlighter that compliments your skin tone. If your skin has pink undertones look for a highlighter with those same pink undertones, for olive skin look for yellow/gold undertones etc.
The first highlighter I ever purchased was this NYX Genius Illuminating Palette at Shoppers Drug Mart. For the price it is really unbeatable! $30 for 7 shades!! Highlighters range from $10 (Colourpop) to $50 (Becca Cosmetics), some of you may have heard of Champagne Pop, the collaboration between Jaclyn Hill and Becca Cosmetics?! Yes?! This highlighter is probably one of the most expensive ones on the market at $50, so I wanted to compare the two and see if the price difference was really worth it?!
NYX Palette Swatches
The Becca Cosmetics Champagne Pop Swatch
Compared Side by Side with the NYX (bottom left) and Champagne Pop
(Left: Champagne Pop, Right: NYX Genius Palette bottom left)
The main difference between the two is Champagne pop has more of a peachy gold undertone and the Nyx Pallette shade is a bit more pinkish gold in pigment however both are gorgeous shades and if you have pink undertones in your skin I would recommend the NYX shade. Both have a buttery texture and a little goes a long way in each products case. I really like that champagne pop is the perfect neutral for any skin tone so it gets a little more browny points but in the end both are gorgeous highlighters. If cash flow is tight you are getting a fantastic deal with the Nyx palette (7 for the price of 1) and you are not compromising on quality. If you are a seasoned highlighter I would recommend Champagne pop!
Hope you enjoyed!