For sensitive skin
Try: Tom Ford Illuminating Highlight Pen, $84
Sidestep flare-ups and reactions with lightweight formulas that are free of parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, alcohol and petrolatum – ingredients that set off sensitive skin.
For blemished skin
Try: Dior Backstage Face & Body Glow, $63
Avoid megawatt highlighting bombs – they’ll only play up bumpy skin. Choose a highlighter that’s lightly pearlescent and non-comedogenic. A liquid formula that can be mixed with foundation for all-over radiance helps too. Lightweight and non-greasy, this diffuses light to blur minor imperfections.
For fine lines
Try: IT Cosmetics Hello Light Anti-Aging Luminizing Creme Stick, $42
Hydrating formulas like cream or liquid with skin-plumping hyaluronic acid and collagen are best. Use sparingly on areas with highly visible lines. Developed with plastic surgeons, this highlighter won’t cake along lines and make them more obvious.
For oily skin
Try: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter, $48
Say yes to a powder highlighter with fine shimmer, not glittery or metallic. Makeup artist Larry Yeo’s advice is to steer clear of the T-zone and apply only on the sides of the face. A sheer powder flecked with fine, pearly particles, it promises to last 12 hours without fading or caking.
For dry, flaky skin
Try: Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand in Spotlight, $62
Opt for a cream or liquid highlighter, as powders play up peeling skin and fine lines. Apply where there’s less dryness – the cheekbones, down the centre of the nose, at the inner corner of eyes. Yeo strongly recommends moisturising well first and using skincare or a primer with a pearly sheen to create an even glow. It’s universally flattering without obvious glitter, giving a naturally lit effect.
This article was first published in Her World’s February issue.