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7 Miss FQ-approved highlighters

You glow girl!

Whether you’re a liquid-or-nothing lover or you’re obsessed with beauty vlogger collabs (hello, Jaclyn Hill ILY) there’s a perfect highlighter out there for you.

The Miss FQ team share their tried-and-tested faves…


 Benefit Watt’s Up

“I use it every day without fail, swiping it along the bridge of my nose, cheekbones and Cupid’s bow. The creamy texture blends into skin in an instant and the stick formulation means you can throw it in your bag without worrying about spillages.”
– Lucy Slight, beauty editor.

Benefit Watt’s Up, $57, available from Smith & Caughey’s.

MAC 'Soft and Gentle' Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle

“This is a staple in my makeup bag, I use it every day on my cheekbones, a little goes along way it’s very luminous so you have to be careful not to use too much as you could be mistaken for a shiny disco ball. I LOVE this product, it’s a great finishing product to layer over top of  a nice dewy foundation.”
– Lisa Deken, direct account manager.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle, $60.


Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

“I adore the Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder. It is such a gorgeous, buttery consistency with a  great pay off! I love it because it doesn’t go on cakey, leaving a rather natural finish. You have the option of three shades depending on skin colour and they all have a warm, peachy undertone leaving a healthy glow on the high points of the face! Love!”
– Jess Thomson, fashion & editorial assistant.

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder, $43, Urban Decay.


NARS Illuminator in Copacabana

“Highlighter is such a desert island beauty product for me. NARS Illuminator in Copacabana is my current ride-or-die but as long as it’s liquid, I’ll make it work. It HAS to be liquid – I’m always so dismayed when I sit in a makeup chair and learn that the MUA only has powdered in her kit, to the point where I’ll duck into the bathroom right after I’m ‘done’ to swipe some lip-gloss across my cheekbones. I’ll decide when I’m done, okay?”
– Phoebe Watt, fashion writer.

NARS Illuminator in Copacabana, $54, available from Mecca Cosmetica.


MAC Strobe Cream

“Hello my name is Sally-Ann, and I am a MAC strobe cream addict. I have loyally worshiped at the altar of Strobe upwards of 12 years now. I have tried everything on the market, but for me; nothing compares or even comes close to this staple.

I use it over my full face after moisturiser and pre foundation and then I go back in, working a small amount on top of my base on top of my cheek bones and for evening on my top of my cupids bow. In summer I mix one part strobe and one part BB cream and wear that as a base on its own. Most days  I will also mix one part strobe one part body moisturiser to add shine to my shoulders arms and collar bones and legs.

My bathroom cupboard and travel wash bags are littered with half empty Strobe bottles.   I have been known to cut them open to get to the very last amount of product in the bottom of the tube.”
– Sally-Ann Mullin, managing editor.

MAC Strobe Cream, $70.

jaclyn hill palette

BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette

“I’m obsessed with beauty vloggers, okay? Namely Jaclyn Hill, hence my pick for this palette which features two glowing mineral blushes, one luminous, perfectly pink blush and two Shimmering Skin Perfectors in Champagne Pop and Prosecco Pop. (Don’t you just love how those names roll off your tongue?!) It is limited edition, but fear not because you can buy Champagne Pop on its own. However, this baby is GREAT value for money, the pay-off is incredibly pigmented and the powder is so finely milled. Girl, your highlighter will be so bright it might hurt people’s eyes. Just the way I like it.”
– Skye Ross, digital editor.

BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette, $102, available from Sephora NZ.


Elizabeth Arden Sunset Bronze Prismatic Highlighter

“Elizabeth Arden’s Limited Edition Sunset Bronze Prismatic Highlighter landed on my desk a few weeks ago and it’s been a mainstay in my makeup bag ever since. As the name would suggest, it’s the perfect pairing with a bronzed face for warm summer evenings and adds a pretty shimmer to your cheekbones, nose and temples. Using it in mid-winter when my face is a much whiter shade of pale, I’m having to be a bit more pragmatic with my distribution – note: a little goes a long way! The stick form means it’s totally fuss-free to throw in your handbag for a quick top-up here and there (no brushes or messy powders to contend with) and it’s super easy to apply. ”
– Kelly McAuliffe, digital editor

Elizabeth Arden Sunset Bronze Prismatic Highlighter, $61.


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