Shine on, You Cute Little Glazed Donut
Photos: Sophie Lindh
Given the recent online hysteria over full face highlighter makeup, the runaway success of Becca highlighters, and basically every beauty vlog/blog raving about some sort of face shine product, it's safe to say that this is The Year of Highlighter.
It's fascinating how our curiosities pique when others around us become interested in something. Human beings are social creatures, and we want to know what others in our pack respond to. Inasmuch, I guess I always liked highlighter, but after reading about it and seeing it everywhere recently, I am now full-throttle obsessed. Nothing about my face has changed. What changed is how I think other "makeup people" will perceive me... and I want that perception to be downright doused in highlighter.
Find a boo who says, "damn, that highlighter, though."
Be still, my unyieldingly throbbing heart.
The Glow Kits are everything they're cracked up to be. They're rich, finely milled, and look like magic, especially the uniquely duo-chrome Hard Candy from the Gleam-colored Glow Kit (there are 2 permanent Glow Kit colorways, and currently one limited edition version).
Below are the two permanent versions; the silver boxed set of 4 is called Gleam (with the colors Hard Candy, Mimosa, Starburst and Crushed Pearl) and the rose gold boxed set of 4 is called That Glow (with the colors Sun Burst, Golden Bronze, Bubbly, and Dripping in Gold). All of the pictures are without flash.
(Fun note: you can easily remove the highlighter pans to put them in a Z Palette without any fussy depotting. Ah ABH, you understand us!)
Then we have the little pots of popping lusciousness. There is a reason why ColourPop is so wildly beloved. It's not just the prices or the innovative cream-powder formula. It's the colors. (Well duh.)
They carry highlighters in bright fuchsia, orangey-tan, full on bubblegum pink, and icy lavender. They even announced an uber-limited edition tie-die highlighter on Snapchat this week. It sold out in ONE MINUTE (not hyperbole). Better yet, almost all of their highlighters are duo-chrome, at least slightly (some very much so).
See ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter in Sticky Sweet, Most Necessary, Monster and Hippo.
Below are swatches of a few of my favorites from my own collection (I have almost all of them). In order from left to right Highly Waisted, Dream Catcher, Monster, Lunch Money, and Stole The Show.
Look at how OMG-pink Monster is. I die.
So, there is a reason the following saying has been popping up left and right on my Instagram feed: "Instead of 'you look better without makeup,' find a boo who says, 'damn, that highlighter though, you cute little glazed donut!'"
Put some sprinkles on that thing.
Xx, Mom in Mascara