How to get glowing, highlighted skin

How to get glowing, highlighted skin

Hair and Makeup: Alexandre Deslauriers/R+Co/Marc Jacobs/ Image by: Carlyle Routh


How to get glowing, highlighted skin

Glowing skin is trending, but it can be tricky to master. Done right, you achieve ethereal radiance; done wrong, you run the risk of looking radioactive. Read on for tips on how to achieve that perfect glow.  

It’s Lit: Our picks for the most effective highlighters.


(Clockwise from top) Elizabeth Arden Fourever Glow Highlighting Powder, $45, elizabetharden. CoverGirl Vitalist Healthy Glow Highlighter in Moonbeam, $15, Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand, $50, Maya Chia The Highlight of the Day Illuminating Serum in After Hours, $53, Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter, $55, Benefit Posietint Lip & Cheek Stain, $40, Maybelline New York Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter in Molten Rose Gold, $13, Bite Beauty Prismatic Pearl Multistick in Pink Pearl, $28, L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer in Fair Glow, $20,


Highlighter isn’t a one-size-fits-most product. Makeup artist Olivia Colacci shares her tips for picking the perfect shade for your complexion.


From left: Rituel de Fille Rare Light Luminizer in Ghost Light, $38, Wet n Wild MegaGlo Makeup Stick Blush in Hustle & Glow, $6, Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder in Bronze Glow, $57,

For light skin: Look for icy and pearlescent tones. “Shades that are too warm will look fake and stripy on pale skin,” says Colacci.

For olive skin: Choose golden highlighter with peach undertones. The combo is a flattering balance, “giving a sun-kissed glow,” says Colacci.

For dark skin: Rose gold and bronze shades are just right for illuminating deep complexions. “Avoid anything icy or too white—it can look grey and ashy,” says Colacci.


The look you’re after, plus your skin, will dictate which product you select to get glowing. 

Liquid or oil: Individuals with drier skin should use a liquid-based highlighter,
recommends Elizabeth Arden beauty expert Jamie Petrovic. “It provides moisture, which makes skin look and feel soft, hydrated and glowing,” she says. 



Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Blossom, $52,

Cream: Choose a cream that’ll give skin a dewy, not shimmery, finish. Colacci suggests using your fingers, which will warm up the product, helping it “melt” into skin. “Creams don’t sit on skin—they just leave behind a luminescent sheen,” she says.


RMS Magic Luminizer, $49,

Powder: “Oily or combination skin types prefer a powder highlighter because it provides radiance without overstated oiliness,” says Petrovic. Avoid formulas with chunky shimmer or glitter in them.


Nars Highlighting Powder in Fort de France, $50,


When you properly use highlighter, it’s a gift. To help you get the most of this must-have, we walk you through exactly where to use it.

Step 1: Start with primer, foundation and concealer. If you’re not a foundation fan, apply highlighter after your regular moisturizer. 

Step 2: Map out where you want highlights. The key areas are the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, chin, cupid’s bow and brow bones.

Step 3: Boost the glowing effect by layering a powder highlighter on your cheekbones. 


Use a glow-getting primer or serum to provide an allover glow and banish lacklustre skin.  

The Primer: This colour-correcting, moisturizing primer with pearlescent pigments leaves a subtle sheen. It’s also packed with anti-aging and antiredness ingredients.


Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow Primer, $65,

The Serum: Consider increasing your radiance with this lightweight serum. It hydrates, evens skin tone and adds a dose of instant luminosity.


Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Ceramide Caplet Serum, $75,




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