If you've stepped into any kind of a beauty store this month or read a blog or magazine, you've probably noticed that the trend of the moment is contouring and highlighting--whether it be your cheekbones, nose, temples or jawline, it seems we've all jumped on the bandwagon and are reaching for a brush and contour/highlight duo stat. For me, with my uber pale complexion for the moment I'll leave the extreme contouring to Kim K, but utilising a highlighter to achieve glowy cheeks that catch the light all year round? To quote Amy Poehler, Yes please.
For the colder months:
MAC 'Soft and Gentle' Mineralize Skinfinish- You can't go past this beauty in winter. I'd describe it as a champagne, cool toned highlight that compliments pale skin especially, which is why in winter when I've even paler then normal this is my go to. No chunks of glitter, but this powder isn't quite as finely milled as a few others I've used so it can pack quite a punch in the shimmer department if you let yourself get carried away. I would say around 2-3 sweeps of this on the cheekbones or wherever you want to highlight should give you a nice glow, sans the twilight vampire in the sun look.
For the warmer months:
When the weather starts to heat up, I feel like that's when we naturally start to gravitate toward warmer toned highlights. Cue the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in 'Luminous Light.' Hourglass describes this powder as champagne pearl, but when worn as a highlight on my pale, neutral toned skin this powder definitely leans more golden on me, with barely no traces of champagne to be seen. In particular I'd say this shade would compliment medium skin tones best, adding a nice natural glow. If you're pale like me, crack this out in summer as a great way to fake more of a sun kissed look.
For every month in between:
While sadly not available for individual sale, the middle shade 'Incandescent Light' from the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette in my humble opinion is a real stand out shade. Despite looking fairly stock standard in the pan, it's a pearlescent powder with just the right amount of iridescent shimmer in it. When applied, it blends seamlessly into the skin without much effort, making the complexion more luminous and giving that 'my cheeks just naturally have a glow' effect. One of the main reasons I find this shade so easy to wear is that it's not an in your face highlighter, meaning it's quite subtle and finely milled, so you don't have to worry about over doing it and looking like a disco ball.
So whether it's summer, autumn, winter or spring, there's no excuse to not channel your inner J-Lo and get that glow.