Glow on! Why highlight and shimmer are divine for every makeup category

The highlighting trend shows no sign of waning—and why should it? There are few makeup effects more satisfying than “cheating” sleep by dusting on a flattering highlighter. But brands are quickly discovering that when you’re talking about glow, you can colour outside the cheekbones and get divine results. Witness the return of frosted and metallic lips on social media, foil-like eyeshadows and glitter liners at the Spring 2018 collections of Tom Ford, Versace and Phillip Plein, and brands launching new molten versions of all-around highlighters. “Part of this is Instagram which is filled with strobing tutorials but we’re also seeing fashion designers embrace these looks on the runways where the makeup artist Pat McGrath is really influencing things,” says LA-based, Sydney-raised makeup artist Georgie Eisdell, who works regularly with celebrities including Sophie Turner, Gwyneth Paltrow and Carey Mulligan and titles such as InStyle, Harper's Bazaar and Glamour. “It’s lovely to add a little glow,” she says but also cautions: "Makeup is to enhance what you already look like—not to use it to look like everyone else." Eisdell walks us through the easiest ways to approach each category and a few pro tips on how to apply.


Whatever your preferred form, be it liquid to cream to powder, Eisdell recommends applying the product with a light hand. “I’m not a master fan of an overly highlighted Kardashian face,” she says. “The idea of highlighter is to get an overall glow—not to keep piling on product.” For a very subtle effect, Eisdell mixes NARS Luminous Moisture Cream with foundation for coverage that’s glow-y yet sheer. From there, you can always dial it up if you so choose. The RMS Magic Luminizer I-026906 is easy to control and subtle enough to be goofproof. Liquid formulations, like Mecca’s Lit from Within Illuminating Drops, can offer more dramatic effects, while powder options, like the Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Highlighter, are a cinch to apply.


“I love drama in the eyes the most,” says Eisdell. “That’s where makeup is really fun for me because you can go a little crazy with eye makeup and still look like yourself.” Eisdell suggests keeping an open mind. “There are no rules and I love everything from glitter to shimmer to foils, which are really fun too,” she says. For something approachable, try a metallic in a neutral hue, like Stila Magnificient Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Bronzed Bell all over the lid. A touch of Ardency Inn Modster Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments in Sunday in the inner corners of the eye can open the area up. Or the intrepid might love a from-the-runway shimmery wet look (try Kevyn Aucoin The Exotique Diamond Eye Gloss) or a chunky ‘90s glitter vibe (go for the Chosungah22 Juicy Punk Glitter Eye Pencil).


If you love your highlighter but are less enthused about frosted lips, you’re not alone. “It’s not the ‘80s,” Eisdell says with a laugh. “You have to be careful when dealing with frosted pinks to not look too retro.” The makeup artist suggests looking for a formula with fine pigment. You can also apply frosted lipstick (the NARS Multiple in Luxor is actually terrific for this) and tissue off excess for a gently highlighted lip look. For a modern twist, glitter lipsticks offer innovative formulas that deliver max pigment and sparkle (such as the MECCA MAX Glitter Pop Lipstick), or dabble in the trend without overcommitting by trying one of the iridescent Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Liquid Topcoats. Or you may find it easier if you try a darker color first. Says Eisdell: “A dark colour avoids any retro hints. You want to be subtle and cool about it when you first try it out.”

Words Bee Shapiro


viewing of products

Online Exclusive
Online Exclusive
Limited Edition