Top 5 Face Highlighters

If you are into makeup, then I am sure you share with me the obsession over face highlighters.  The radiance and the glow they add to your look, when added to the right spots and using the right amount,  is just magical.  I picked my top favorite ones to share with you.  Since swatches speak louder than descriptions, I thought I would also add their swatches with and without flash photography.

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Top Highlighters – Without Flash


  1. Mac Soft and Gentle:  this is actually the first highlighter I bought.  It is a pink/champagne glow with gold/bronze chunky flex in it…which is why it actually pulls off more warm on the skin.  It is a beautiful one but keep in mind that if you have large pores, you might not like it since it will accentuate them.
  2. The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer:  If you are  looking for the perfect gold highlighter, this is the one to go for.  It is so pigmented so you will need to use a light hand with it.  It does not last all day so be sure to set it with a makeup setting mist.
  3. Too Faced Candlelight Glow:  Although it looks white in the swatch, it is actually a very pale light gold.  It is identical to Becca’s Moonstone highlighter.  I actually prefer the formula of the Becca Highlighters because they are extremely soft and buttery.  They also last longer on the skin.
  4. Becca Champagne Pop:  this is my personal favorite.  It is the perfect highlighter in my opinion since it has many different undertones- peach, gold, pink, and champagne.  It pulls off gold on many skin tones, but it looks beautiful on people with cool undertones as well.
  5. Becca Opal:  This is perfect if you have medium/tanned skin.  It is darker than Champagne pop and more on the pink/champagne side.
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Top Highlighters – with Flash

The Perfect Nude Lips


Finding the perfect nude lips is not as easy as it may sound.  It is either too pale, too dark, too pink, too peach… and the list goes on.  That is why I made it a mission to find the perfect nude lipstick that will go with a lot of different skin tones.  It is actually a combination of two lipsticks that you can pickup from any drugstore.  Maybelline’s matte lipsticks Daringly Nude and Touch Of Spice are the perfect hybrid.  Together, they have the perfect amount of peach, pink and brown/mauve.  The  best part is you can control what you want more of, daringly nude is more on the peach/pink side, and touch of spice is more on the brown/mauve side.  Oh, not to mention how creamy and opaque these non-drying matte lipsticks are.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour full coverage foundation


I got this foundation in the color light sand and it seemed to match me pretty well. I am an NC 20 at Mac for reference.  It went on really smoothly and was very easy to blend.  It has a very velvety/silicone feel to it and it is a semi matt finish.  However, unlike the claim, it does not last 12 hours.  Not nearly least on me.  It lasts about 6 hours on me before it starts to break up and fade around my nose, on my nose and on my chin.   I also do not think it is full coverage unless you build it up.   Oh, and it also has a slight white cast to it.  Because of these reasons, I personally would not use it on events.   But I love it for an everyday easy to blend foundation.


Without foundation


Tarte Foundation light sand, with flash.  You can see a mild white cast here.
Tarte foundation light sand, without flash