The beauty buy that should be in every make-up bag

It’s time to admit the highlighter to the hall of daily staples

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops, €37 from beautybay.com

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops, €37 from beautybay.com

 

Ask any makeup lover about the products they wear every day or just feel a little drab without, and you’ll get a fascinating variety of answers. When I ask French women this question, they’ll usually say something unbearably chic like “lipstick”. Irish women tend to be a touch more pragmatic, and will often cite products like concealer and mascara.

I humbly proffer a new product to be admitted to the hall of daily staples: highlighter. Now, hear me out. I’m certainly not advocating extra faff or ceremony in the morning. Rather, I find a touch of a good highlight to be such an instant jolt of “I’ve slept well and am not overwhelmed by personal crisis” that I will choose it over eyeshadow (or use it as eyeshadow) if time is tight. If you don’t use it, or save it for evening only, reconsider.

Estée Lauder Global Anti-Aging Wake Up Balm (€60)

If you want glow without extra steps to your makeup routine, you can incorporate it into your skincare. I use this on mornings when skin is decidedly dull for a quick fix with skincare benefits. 

Tom Ford Sheer Highlighting Duo in Reflects Gilt (€67)

I wheel out the word “sublime” only when it is merited. This provides a highlight of such buildable, sumptuous decadence that you’ll look like you’ve paid a lighting technician to follow you around.

MAC Lustre Drops (€23)

Add a couple of drops of these to moisturiser or foundation for an easy bronzed glow. Ideal for those who prefer to avoid a powder highlight.

Smashbox Spotlight Palette (€36)

Three shades in two colourway options. I favour Pearl for glowing skin for everyday wear, though you can build these to glossy shine if you choose.

Essence Rainbow Prismatic Glow Highlighter (€4.40)

The child within me was gleeful at the sight of this. A soft sweep gives an interesting highlight with a hint of colour– you won’t look like a clown, I promise.

NYX Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette (€21)

NYX is a consistently impressive brand and this palette is astonishingly good value. The lavender and gold shades work on eyes or for a hint of subversive colour applied lightly over a standard highlight shade. This palette is versatile.

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops (€37 from beautybay.com)

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops, €37 from beautybay.com
Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops, €37 from beautybay.com

I suspect that if one could melt a unicorn’s horn, these impossibly glossy unguents would be the result. Mix with other products or apply alone over foundation. Use a tiny bit for an everyday glow, or a lot for liquid mirror sheen.

Bourjois Sculpt Light Strobing Highlighter (€14.99)

Akin to classic MAC Strobe Cream, this goes on best under makeup as a preparatory step for glowing skin. You cannot go wrong with it.

Barry M Illuminating Strobing Cream (€6.49 from Boots)

I usually think of Barry M as synonymous with the glitters, blue eyeshadows and trend-driven nail colours of adolescent experimentation. However, draw straight on to the skin with this highlighter, tap with a finger to blend, and you have instant, expensive-looking glow.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.