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© 2018 by Viviana Volpicelli.

MAKEUP

May 2018

HIGHLIGHTERS:

I'm Completely

Obsessed With

The secret to dewy, glowing, and younger looking skin is all in illuminators. This is another one of the most frequently asked questions I get — what highlighter am I wearing!

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I like to think of myself as a highlighter connoisseur because they’re my favorite category of makeup products and a good glow is something I’m always after. 

 

There have been times where I’ve done my makeup in a hurry and forgot to put highlighter on. When I look in the mirror, I think to myself my makeup just looks flat or could look better... Then, when I realize what I’ve forgotten and add it, WOW! It completely transforms the look. It just makes you look brighter, cuter, more youthful, and glowing. I can honestly say I can’t live without it. I once said to someone that highlighter (in the right places) makes you look like a Disney princess or fairy.  

 

I use it on my cheekbones, tip of my nose, cupids bow, brow bones, and chin and always apply it with my finger.

 

I love everything about these highlighters below — how pigmented they are, their shade, consistency, application process, wear time, AND that they’re free of inflammatory and toxic ingredients!

 

You’ll also notice that these are all a liquid or cream formula because I honestly believe they give you the best, true glow! Although powder highlighters do give you a nice shimmer, they can also make your skin look dry and flat. I prefer a more dewy look that I achieve with the products below!

GLOW UP

COVER FX

Custom Enhancer Drops

This is the only one out of all of these highlighters that isn’t completely “clean,” but the glow is just TOO good to leave it off this list. It’s still free of the main skin aggressors so it’s much safer and healthier than most conventional highlighters but in comparison to the other ones I have listed below, it is not as pure. Nevertheless, it’s one of my favorites and I love to wear shade “Moonlight”. This comes in a droplet/serum formula.

PACIFICA BEAUTY

Rainbow Crystals Liquid Mineral Strobe

I reach for this when I want something a little more fun and youthful looking because it has a holographic glow. Even though the product formulation is all natural, it’s not the most “au naturale” looking. I use shade “Crystal Moon”, a reflective icy white and silver color perfect for more festive occasions. This is a liquid formula that comes in a tube with an applicator stick and is made with Rose Oil!

RITUEL DE FILLE

Celestial Sphere Eye Soot

This one is really fun and unique. It has a gel-like formula that comes in a jar with iridescent colors that look like magic! I love shade “Ara” which is a transluscent, metallicy rose pink color (pink highlighters are my favorite and look super cute on)! Despite them looking like something from outer-space, they are formulated with the smallest number of ingredients as possible — all completely natural & pure!

MAYA CHIA

The  Highlight Of The Day

This is packed with natural oils and nutrient-rich botanicals. I use shade “After Hours” which is a bronzey-golden sunlit color, perfect for summer or whenever you’re tan! It has a super natural wear and absorbs easily into your skin. This is a serum-type formula that comes with a dropper and is made with Chia Seed Oil, hence the name of the brand!

ILIA

Illuminator

This instantly gives a soft, subtle light to your face. There’s not really any sparkles or glitter, it gives more of a dewy look. I use shade “Polka Dots & Moonbeams”, a brightening pearly color. This is a stick formula that you can glide directly on your skin. It’s made with Rosehip Oil & Avocado Oil!

RMS BEAUTY

Luminizer

These are almost like melted butters with a glow — They’re super creamy & moisturizing and perfect when I want something very subtle. My go-to shades are “Champagne Rosé” and “Champagne Fizz”. This is a cream formula that comes in a jar and their luminizers are made with coconut oil!

(M)ANASI 7

Strobelighter

Continuing my obsession with pink highlighters... This one is so dreamy! I love shade "Sunrise" which is a soft bubble-gum, blush pink color. It's made with oils, waxes, and butters (like almond oil, apricot oil, and coconut oil) so it's a perfectly creamy formula! The ultrafine, light-reflecting pearls also melt into your skin for a natural, radiant finish.

TATA HARPER

Very Highlighting

This product is unique in that it's actually technically a skincare product that also gives you a highlight. It's made with neuropeptide technology which works to smooth and plump skin while it hydrates and diminishes the look of fine lines. The cream formula goes on sheer but still catches and reflects light with natural pigments and pearlescents for a radiant, luminous look.

I know you’ll fall in love with these at first use, it’s hard not to. If you like the way my highlight looks in any of my photos it’s safe to assume that it’s almost always one of these, but you can always ask me if you’d like to know which specific one I’m wearing!