Subtle Highlighters That Won't Make You Look Like The Tin Man

If you've watched my videos for a while, you have probably gathered that I have not jumped on the extreme highlighting bandwagon that has swept up the online beauty community. Don't get me wrong - I admire and appreciate a good highlight but for my particular skin type (combination oily) and lifestyle (full-time job, can't show up to work shining bright like a diamond), it's just not something worth exploring. 

However, that doesn't mean that I'm not partial to a bit of extra glow every now and again. These are the products that help me achieve that subtle "glowing from within" look. They are all cream based as I find that cream-based products are the best at achieving the natural "glowing from within" look that I am seeking. None of them are metallic or overly glittery, but they add a beautiful subtle dimension to the cheek and is a great way to freshen up any look.

The Estee Edit Flash Illuminators are FAB. Oily skin, dry skin and everything in between - these will not disappoint. They are subtle, they blend well and they come in a variety of shades to suit any complexion. I opted for shade #4 Day Light to impart a hint of rose glow radiance. I've been mixing it with a hydrating serum or makeup primer and putting it all over my face before makeup for a glowy boost. You can check out this tutorial for a demo if you're curious about my application method.

Nonetheless, it's a brilliant product and it genuinely makes you look glowy without imparting any metallic tin-man look to the skin. It also doesn't emphasize pores or uneven skin texture. I prefer this to the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquids because they dry down faster and think they suit my oilier skin type better. If you're dry - stick to the BECCA as they are more emollient. 

The most luxe of the bunch is the Kjaer Weis Highlighter in the shade Radiance. The packaging is the nicest beauty packaging I have ever seen and felt. It's so cool. A heavy metallic casing houses the creamy highlighter. It's refillable, too, as are all the products in the range in order to be more environmentally friendly. The Kjaer Weis brand is all natural and certified organic.  They position themselves as the "Tom Ford of natural beauty" and I think they've succeeded. I'm dying to try more products from the range. 

The "Radiance" cream highlighter is incredibly easy to blend with fingers or with a synthetic brush. I apply it to the tops of my cheeks after foundation and it does not make my foundation look streaky or patchy underneath. It has the most subtle "lit from within" glow and it does not make me look greasy throughout the day. It does have some shimmer particles in it that look like diamond dust on your face when the sun hits. 100% Cullen approved. You can find it online here for $56 or in their new Glow Kit which comes with matching cream bronzer and retails for $105 on KjaerWeis.com. It would make the perfect holiday gift for your beauty obsessed friend!

TOP TO BOTTOM: Maybelline Nude Glow, Kjaer Weis Radiance, Estee Edit Day Light

TOP TO BOTTOM: Maybelline Nude Glow, Kjaer Weis Radiance, Estee Edit Day Light

Finally, we have a budget option that has rocked my socks off - the Maybelline Master Strobing Stick in 200 Nude Glow is portable, creamy, and gives the most gorgeous glow to the skin. This is ideal if you have drier skin and just want to add a hint of life to your skin and make it look more dewy in the right places. Sometimes my skin has dry days and I can just slap this on right from the stick on top of my cheeks and I feel fresh and young again. It's magic in a tube and it's less than $10. It's shinier than Kjaer Weis Radiance but less rosy than Estee Edit Day Light

What is your take on highlighters? Do you have to have 'em all or do you prefer a more subtle and edited approach?

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