How to Highlight Without a Highlighter

Seeing as we’re all probably full to the brim with mini eggs right now thanks to the Easter festivities and perhaps lacking a little in the glow department due to the fact that we’ve been replacing our five a day with chocolate eggs (is it just me or does chocolate taste better formed that way?), I thought today I’d let you in on a few methods to highlight without using a dedicated highlighter and instead calling into action a few products you already have laying around…

Eye, eye, eyeshadow? Sometimes the thing you’re looking for all along is right under (well, above) your nose. Eyeshadows with their fine texture, parred back shimmer and smooth application make for the perfect brighteners. Personal favourites of mine include the palest shade of the Clinique All About Shadow Nude Eye Shadow Palette, Giorgio Armani’s Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow in 9 (a light hand comes recommended with this one) and Bourjois Colour Edition 24hr Eyeshadow in Or Desir.

The foundation fair-y. While I have more than a handful of foundations that are embarrassingly way too dark for me, I also have some colours on the complete other end of the spectrum, but this is where they can be put to good use. Any sheer-ish, light formulas that come up too pale to be applied to your whole face can just be blended where you’d usually apply your highlighter. Hey – if it’s good enough for Kim..

Forgo powder. A bit of an obvious move that we all probably employ anyway, so I’ll quickly sweep over it. Sweep – pah! Ok, moving on. Leave the powder out wherever you’d usually apply highlighter and leave your sweat glands to do their thing. Nice.

The multi-tasking goddess. I don’t even want to admit to how long I’ve had this tube of Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream for, but it’s still going strong years later. I use this for a long list of tasks that if I read out now we’d be here forever, but one of its classiest moves is as a 100% shimmer-free skin illuminator. Slick on high points, lids, lips, whatever – and watch them glow.

Get your CC on. I forgot to add these to the photograph, but it appears that luxe brands have taken a highlighter-esque stance when it comes to jumping on the CC wagon. YSL’s new CC Creme Colour Corrector comes in a perky pink shade that could easily be patted solely on the cheekbones for all and Bobbi Brown’s new CC’s come fully equipped with SPF and a huge dose of radiance in three shades. Of course these are designed for whole face use, but who says they can’t be reserved exclusively for illuminating needs?

Of course if you’ve got a pot of the RMS Living Luminizer, Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder or the gone-but-not-forgotten Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Cream in Ice Gold, then swipe ’em on. But if you ever find yourself without? Well, now you have a few tricks up your sleeve.