I Love Highlighter More Than Anything

Let me start by making it very clear that I am not a beauty blogger. I am a woman who has dedicated a lot of time to honing a skincare and makeup routine that works for me and the only reward is knowing I've done my best to worship the spirit of Our Lady of Bronzed Radiance, Her Luminesce, One, Jennifer Lopez, Divine Goddess of The Glow. Today, however, I will act the part of a beauty blogger and if Sephora wants to wire me some extra points, I won't be mad at it. 

The reason I'm writing this is because I've gotten like 6 requests for my highlighter routine and that seemed like plenty. Not to brag, but I do nail it when it comes to that Glo Worm look. My highlighter philosophy can be summed up with one simple rule: wear a ton of highlighter. Honestly that's about it. Just put too much on. Much like Domino's cheesey bread, if at any point it doesn't feel excessive, it's not enough.

In the spirit of transparency I'll admit my skin does have it's own base glow. The first of photo of me--where my eyes are closed and I look like I'm smelling fresh croissants or something equally quaint--is makeup-free. I won't get into all the skincare shit right now because that's a whole situation, but you should know I was going to an event that day so I used one of these Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Lemon pads and followed it up with a lemon brightening sheet mask I got at CVS. 

DISCLAIMER: FOR COOL POEPLE'S EYES ONLY

Perhaps the most important part of this look is regularly basking in the Los Angeles sunshine. Which is to say, if you are cool and I like you, you should move to LA and hang out with me and you'll glow like that basketball from Space Jam forever.

OK, so we've got a baseline glow happening, now we start playing that shit up. I don't remember exactly how I stumbled upon Maybelline's Fit Me Dewy + Smooth foundation but I was probably walking through Target and saw a shade that seemed very close to my skin tone and took a chance because they have a great return policy. Previously, I used Armani's Luminous Silk foundation, which is also excellent but honestly this Maybelline situation is better and costs 1/6 the price.

AND NOW FOR SOME MAGIC. What you want to do is mix in a couple drops of the Cover FX Enhancer Drops into either this foundation or your foundation of choice and consider your life changed. On days when I want to go lighter, I'll mix this Jesus potion in with my moisturizer and people think I have some sort of skin condition called "perfection".  

Let me also point out how you guys can tell this is some real-ass shit. I didn't even bother to wipe off the residual product from these vessels or buy new versions that photograph better. This is my real life. 

NARS makes the best concealer on the planet and it has the word "radiant" in the name and I feel like I really don't need to say any more than that. 

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This summer I explored the tinted moisturizer/BB/CC cream options because I wanted something with that was light but offered decent coverage and preferably contained sunscreen. MAC answered my prayers with their meticulously titled Lightful C Tinted Tinted Cream SPF 30 With Radiance Booster. The best part is this already has highlighter in it and gives me a similar effect to the COVER FX drops without having to go all in. 

With the first draft of our face done (the middle photo above) it is time to really ramp shit up and make your face look like a sexy disco ball and yes, I know that's repetitive.

Now, if you watch an actual makeup artist apply highlighter, they usually do so just along your cheekbones and on areas that they want to, duh, highlight. This is where I buck convention and possibly make history because my only goal is to highlight my ENTIRE FACE. Oh yes, I put the highlighter all over my cheeks. Colourpop's Super Shock Highlighter is my favorite because the consistency is great and it costs $8. I own a bunch of shades but my absolute favorite is Avalon and a close second is Most Necessary which it seems they're not selling anymore so HA! (Actually I feel bad. Sorry. It's a great shade but they have a bunch of other options.)

I use a regular blush brush and just give that stuff a whirl all over the apples of my cheeks and up the bone a bit. Ka-blam. 

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For the final, final touch, I take the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter and brush it along the top of my cheekbone and a bit down the bridge of my nose, in the middle of my forehead and on my chin. A lot of people suggest using a fan brush for highlighter, but I've learned that I hate fan brushes. Anastasia Beverly Hills makes a highlighter-specific brush and though it may sound like I'm exaggerating here, this brush is remarkable. I like it a lot better because it's fluffier and easier for me to blend with it and you can apply product elsewhere on your face more easily. 

The photo on the right (click for it to inch of a bit and fit fully into the frame) is my final look and they can probably see my face up in space. While I do highly recommend everything I use, I imagine you can achieve a similar look using different products. For example, I've been told that the Sephora Radiant Luminizing Drops are a great, less expensive alternative to the COVER FX drops. 

All that said, whatever you decide to use, you should definitely put a ton of it on your face, sit back and wait for the compliments to roll in. I'm serious, just put a ton of highlighter on your face. Go ahead, do it. 

#1 MAC Lightful C Tinted Tinted Cream SPF 30 With Radiance Booster (Dark Deep)

#2Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth (Coconut) 

#3 COVER FX Custom Enhancer Drops (Candlelight) 

#4 NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (Amande) 

#5 BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter (Champagne Pop)

#6 Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter (Most Necessary) 

#7 Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter (Avalon)

#8 Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #23