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What I love: Stila one-step illuminate, MUFE Uplight.
I find liquid much easier to use than powder in terms of placement and use. However, I do love a good finishing powder (aka Hourglass Ambient Powder in Dim Light). I’d never use both, though. I think less is more.
What I don’t like: being able to “see” your illuminator! Blend it in, ladies!

idk what’s wrong with “seeing” someone else’s make up like… not everything is going to be natural? Why do people complain about seeing someone wear too much of something or something not blended enough when it’s really obvious they’re also wearing false lashes? I feel like it’s all nit picking for the sake of being catty tbh.

Right, but it definitely doesn’t look good when there are lines of illuminator that hasn’t been blended AT ALL. Which I’ve seen more than once. It’s as bad as an obvious line of concealer. No I don’t expect natural, but I do hope that your face doesn’t look like a puzzle put together wrong.

Hehe, I’m guilty of sometimes not blending my makeup enough or one side of my face has more makeup than the other because of bad lighting. I do have a mirror with lights all around but nothing compares to natural sunlight, so it seems:(

Whether it looks good or not is entirely subjective. Your “good” may not be someone elses “good”, and you really do not know how hard someone is trying or why they’re not blending things properly. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to put on eyeliner with an essential tremor, but it sucks. What sucks more is thinking you’ve done a good job, and then have someone tell you about how “not good” you look because it’s not up to their standards, and completely dismiss the fact you’ve tried. It all comes down to assumption as well. Sometimes it’s on purpose, sometimes it’s not. People don’t have to call it out, because frankly, it’s nobody’s business but the wearer.

Here, here! I understand what Allison was getting at and this isn’t evem directed at her, but I’m tired of the shaming of women who *like* dramatic makeup. Everyone’s “everyday makeup” isn’t the neutral, no-makeup makeup look and that’s A-OK!

I love Becca Shimmering skin perfector in Moonstone also benefit Sun beam for more bronze! They are great very subtle and always buildable!

I absolutely love luster drops from MAC!! I wear doublewear foundation and it can come off a little bit heavy so I mix it with the luster drops and I makes it so glowy I love it!! Other than that I kinda just stick to powder highlighters my favourites are Mac Soft and Gentle and Dior Amber Diamonds ❤️❤️❤️❤️

I love to mix them in with my foundation for a glow. I hate applying them over my foundation. The liquid makes by foundation move.

Same here, especially when I apply with my fingers. Doesn’t matter how little pressure I use, foundation rubs off. :\

Love them. Some mix better than others though. There is no way I would ever again mix my BECCA highlighter with foundation, but the Revlon Skinlights is perfect for this imo.

I like them! The one I use most is MAC Strobe liquid. I mostly mix it with my foundation because I don’t find that it shows up that much if I use it as a traditional highlighter!

I love how versatile they are, I love wearing them under foundation for a subtle highlight, mixed in with my foundation for an all over glow and on top of my foundation for a more dramatic highlight!


I think liquid highlighters give off a more dewy glow which I love. I just think they blend better when I use my fingers which I hate lol. I’m not a fan of applying makeup with my fingers

Love powders highlighters (Mac Whisper of Guilt, Nars Albatross, Mac Soft and Gentle..), hate liquid and sticky ones..
Even the powders, can enphasizes my pores..so I use a tiny amount of product, just in case.

I feel like all together they show up better and wear better than powder high lighters on myself. I feel like powder high lighters pill up in my pores and fade faster than liquids or even creams. As well as having the ability to look… what’s the word? Casting a weird ashy look where the high lighter sits on top of the skin. That probably makes no sense!

Love liquid highlighters more so than powder counterparts because they look more natural and meld beautifully into the skin. Hate how some formulas can be too oily and interfere/pull up your base layer. Don’t like mixing with foundation too much because I end up with uber glow which isn’t great for aging skin and also find it can mess or alter your foundation colour. I used to use a stippling brush or fingers on high planes, but now find dampened beauty blender (pointed end) works fab for me. I like to layer light touches on top of base layer… just that extra touch can be so pretty.

I only have one (a little sample of Benefit High Beam), and I kind of don’t know how o use it, LOL. I mean, I know the general idea, but I never feel like I’m wearing enough makeup to justify adding a highlighter! Does that make sense? 😛

So much RAVE! My favourites are Benefit Sun Beam and Accessorize Bronze Highlighter (which is more of a bronzer, really; Sun Beam, on the other hand, is the exact same colour as my skin, down to the yellow tone). I just dot them on the tops of the cheeks and browbone and blend them in.

The only thing I don’t like about them is that I have to remember to put them on first, before my blush. Sometimes I’ll forget to do that and then I can only top the blush off with a powder highlight, which doesn’t look *quite* as natural. They’re a bit more difficult to apply cos they need just the right amount of blending, unlike a powder, which is fuss-free.

It’s also quite difficult to find the perfect highlighter for my skin tone (NC40-42), because they usually cater to lighter skinned women. My recommendation to those of you with that skin tone is to try to look for slightly darker illuminators, especially those labelled “bronzing illuminators” or shimmery bronzers.

I tend not to gravitate toward liquid highlighters because I just love the packaging of some powders (guerlain and chanel especially…..) but I prefer using them. For me they’re easier to use and they look more natural and glowy. I’ve really been loving benefit’s high beam lately!

I don’t like them too runny – I prefer creams over all but as long as they are easy to blend, it’s all good.

Elf Shimmerigng Facial Whip in Golden Peach and Nude By Nature Soft Focus Illuminator are my current faves. I tried Benefit’s High Beam and Sun Beam and they’re a tad too sparkly for my personal preference.

Can’t agree more. My skin is desert-dry, so I use them before foundation, mixed with my moisturizer, mixed with foundation and over foundation in specific points of my face. Just can’t live without it. 😀

I love them all. Depending on my mood is what I reach for. But I am a sucker for liquid highlighters. And yes, mix them with BB creams or moisturizers or foundations to brighten up my complexion. I love them. It all started many years ago eith MAC’s Strobe Cream. Love love love.

It is one of the few types of products I would be happy to splurge on, however, the amounts of times I found my base going all blotchy or migrating around my face due to it not agreeing with my liquid highlighter is too high for me not to be scared of them! Very firghtening hit or miss for me!!

For me when I put any kinda hilighter know my cheekbones, I look oily,i got round cheeks. Maybe im doing it wrong. I used nars Casablanca. It works on the tip in my nose to bring it out also on my collarbone.

I have never personally found myself reaching for them over powder highlighters (actually I rarely reach for highlighter unless I’m doing an evening or special occasion look, and in that instance I will always reach for MAC Soft and Gentle). I don’t find liquids last well and done wrong they look greasy or oily. I think I’m going to try some again tomorrow…!

I have been getting into mixing them into my foundations lately. I do occasionally use liquid on my cheek bones, but since I’m lazy, powder is quicker for me.

I am not a big fan of liquid highlighters just yet, only because I haven’t found The One. My first encounter was Mac’s Lustre Drops and it wasn’t a stellar experience; not horrible, just not amazing. I do love my powders though, and I wear them night and day!

I have oily skin and wear powder foundation, not exactly liquid highlighter friendly. My skin also tends to break out from any kind of liquid makeup, so I can’t say that I’m a huge fan. It’s also more difficult to blend and get the right amount compared to a powder.

OH LORDY. Highlighters are my crack, especially liquids and creams. I prefer them over powders because for some reason it’s harder for me to tell how much product goes on my skin with powder highlighters, and before I can stop myself it’s too late and I’m a disco ball. Liquids/creams are just easier to handle for me.

My favorites are Benefit’s Watt’s Up (a cream, not a liquid but it is so beautiful), Manna Kadar sheer glo shimmer lotion, NYX’s liquid illuminators (the shade sunbeam is a dupe for Benefit’s High Beam), Stila’s liquid luminizers, and Charlotte Ronson’s face and body glow (WHICH SEPHORA DISCONTINUED?? I CRY EVERY DAY).

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