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Shahnaz Loves Beauty

highlighters favs

I ask myself everytime I go to my highlighter stash do I have too many??? Others would probably say yes but its the one thing that I love most of all even more than mascara and bronzer!!! The choice of highlighters is endless and I am sure for those who aren’t as obsessed as makeup as I am where to start. This post I am sharing some of my highlighters favs and how to use them. I have lots that I love but seriously we would be here all day. So which do you choose a cream, a powder or go for a whole palette???

I haven’t included strobe creams in this post but I will be filming a video this week actually chatting about all things highlighters. Plus how to use a strobe cream to get a natural glowing complexion so don’t stress. So firs let’s start with cream highlighters and how they work:

First up the Mac Hyper Real Foundation which says its a foundation but its actually a highlighter. Confusing right? Its a liquid highlighter that comes in 4 shades from your light to darker skin tones. It gives a gorgeous glow to the skin plus has a high peral finish. These bad boys make your skin look amazing and brighter instantly. So if your skin is looking dull look no further. Its got a sheer to medium coverage and a little goes a long way. How to use? Apply with fingers or a brush on your key points and then apply your foundation for a gorgeous glow. Alternatively you can add some into your foundation for an intense pearly finish.

Benefit have a whole load of gorgeous highlighters I have featured in this post the moon beam highlighter but sadly its discontinued. However, you can get your hands on it in some countries still. The High Beam and the Sun Beam (which I also have in my makeup stash) are amazing on the skin. They come with a brush applicator so they are super easy to apply. I like to take the brush and apply 2/3 lines on the cheek bones, then blend in with a brush to get a seamless finish. You can apply before or after foundation application which ever you prefer. Also take a brush and apply some of the product to the bridge or your nose or cupids bow.

My Incredible Cosmetics You Glow Girl Irridescent Jelly is unlike any highlighter I have ever used before. I first spotted it on instagram and now its in my pro makeup kit. Sadly its not available in SA yet I got mine from Urban Outfitters in the UK for a bargain of £10!! With this one start with little and work the intensity up if you need as this has an intense glow going on. Best to apply with fingers or a sponge to get the finish you want. You can apply to cheek bones, add onto an eye look or even apply on lips. The jelly dries pretty quickly so you need to work it in as soon as you apply.  There are 4 shades in the collection of which I am going to try get my hands on when I go to the UK. Perfect for a beautiful glow all day long.

Moving on to some of my favourite powder highlighters:

Becca Cosmetics have it down when it comes to their highlighters. Currently I am swooning over the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone. I got some of their mini’s from the UK but you can get full size at Muse Beauty in SA. If you watch Nikki Beauty who is the brand ambassador in the UK you will see this highlighter in action. They have a selection of shades this one is for your fairer skin tones and its just so beautiful on. Its easy to apply and gives that lit from within skin. Apply with a brush onto cheek bones, brow bone, along the nose, cupids bow and your chin for that extra glow.

I literally can’t stop chatting about this highlighter its just so pretty on. Check out my shahnazlovesbeauty insta account to see it in action. Its the Mac Skin Extra Dimension Skin Finish in Show Gold a beautiful liquid powder highlighter that gives a lumiunous finish. I love love love it!!! There are 8 shades now available and seriuously I want them all. The finish is so pretty and this pink when it hits the light its so pretty. You can go sheer or build up your coverage depending on what you fancy.

Last up the Mac Irridescent Loose Powders are truly amazing on the skin. There are 2 shades in this shot I added in the newest shade Golden Bronze which is perfect for darker skintone, then Silverdusk which is a pale pink shimmery highlighter. The highlighter is a mix of mica pigments that really gives a stunning finish. Best applied with a brush to build up the glow but start with a little as it goes a long way. You can add to clean skin or over your foundation in all the key areas of the face. You can mix a little with your moisturiser or your foundation to give an all over glow.


A recent beauty shoot here its all about the glow and how highlighter can make your skin look amazing its as easy as that. Here I used a combo of skincare and highlighters to enhance the models skin. If you haven’t got a highlighter in your stash then get busy shopping. From your drugstore to your high end there is something for everyone.

Shahnaz x