Summer Goal: Having the Glowiest Face in All the Land

Operation Dewy Angel of Light is in full effect.
Publish date:
July 20, 2016
highlighters, becca, illuminators, Hourglass, dewy makeup, Glossier, glowy makeup

Now that I’ve climbed aboard the highlighter train, I have no plans to ever get off. As I try different products and techniques to achieve that glowy effect, I find that I just can’t be matte any more.

What started as a vague interest in how to make highlighters work on my oily skin quickly turned into a full-blown obsession. I'm not even sure if the way I'm using these products even counts as highlighting anymore because I just want my face to completely glow.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

The product that started it all for me was the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. I’d heard so many great things about it, and although I’d tried other products aimed at upping the glow factor, this was the one that made me realize that I didn’t have to be ultra-matte all the time. I’ve been using that palette for almost a year and a half, but recently I got the full-size of one of my favorite shades in the palette, Dim Light.

For me this is best used as an all-over finishing powder rather than a concentrated highlighter. When I started using it in this manner, I noticed that no matter the finish of my foundation, it always came out looking glowy and ethereal.

I love Glossier, so of course I had to try their newest offering on the highlighter front.

It gives off a more dewy finish than a full-blown highlighted look, and Topaz is the perfect shade for me for summer because it looks like a bronzed version of my skin. I love it on days when I’m not wearing a lot of makeup because I think it makes me look really fresh-faced.

The product itself has a coconut oil center, so if your skin doesn’t react well to that then I would skip it. I personally think the coconut oil makes this product blend beautifully so that my skin has an enhanced look about it.

I feel like Becca is taking over my entire life, and I’m not even mad about it. I can’t decide which format of the Shimmering Skin Perfector is my favorite, but after lusting over Champagne Pop for a few months, I finally got it, and I am in LOVE with it. It is golden, shimmery, perfection.

Of the three pressed highlighters that I have in my collection (Opal, Rose Gold, and Champagne Pop), this one is by far the least subtle which I’ve been into lately. I love Opal as well but when I want a more intense highlight I definitely reach for Champagne Pop first. I’ve also decided I NEED it in the Poured formula.

  • What are your favorite glow-inducing products?
  • Do you prefer a more subtle highlight or an intense glow?