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Highlighter...Worth the Hype???

YES!!!!!! Thats a pretty easy explanation to the issue but yes, used correctly highlighters are amazing! I have several in my personal makeup bag and more in my professional kit. I do separate my makeup so I don't ever have to worry about being on set without the tools that I need but that also provides a bit of overlap in my inventory. I wanted to come on here though and just share a few of my favorites with you guys.

Remember I said at first....used correctly. There is a trend going around the internet where the entire face is done in highlighter or using 100 coats of highlighter....its all fun but please for the love lets leave these for YouTube.

Listed below are my favorites. Not in any particular order but just the ones that I personally use for both personal and professional use.

Up first....Becca, both the liquid and powder. These are great for a little highlight on the cheek and nose. I personally like the powder better and that is the one I use on my face but I keep the liquid in my professional case. It also comes in several different colors to match the skin tone you need.

Up next, probably one of the most popular brands on Instagram and makeup tutorials is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kits and I use this one on most every model I have ever done...both mail and female. I have the Gleam version but there are several to choose from. This one comes in more than one color as well but I can honestly say that the lightest color sometimes comes across too light on the skin and can make it look like you had a little trouble matching the tone of the skin, but that in no way means it doesn't have a valuable use. I use this on the body of my models a lot of times to create a nice highlight on the collar bone and shoulders.

This girl was covered in Anastasia Beverly Hills!

The Laura Geller Whipped Highlighter came in my monthly Birchbox a couple of months ago and I instantly fell in love! I actually got several comments on this one the first day I put it on so needless to say this beauty never actually made it to my professional kit. It has a nice gold hue to it and just, ahhh!!!!, it is perfect. I still have the sample size of this one, but it will definitely go on my must buy list!

There will be a post coming soon about things that must be in your makeup bag.

This one I was just recently introduced to and another that I fell in love with immediately. Its the Pat McGrath Skin Fetish! It also comes in 2 shades and has a cream and powder option. I personally like the powder better: do you notice a trend here????

When I was a Studio Crush the director got both shades for a shoot and by the time I got home to make the purchase it was sold out and has been since then but the other day I was doing the hair of a girl who had the nude tone and we made a trade, hair color for highlighter! It was a win for me!!!!

I would say that this is a must have but you can't actually buy it any where unless you want to pay a fortune on eBay then you'll just have to wait with me.

Now depending on your level of makeup artistry you may or may not want to make the investment that some of these could set you back but you can still achieve the look by taking a light color eyeshadow from various pallets like the Lorac Pro or the Urban Decay Naked 3 and apply it to the top of the cheekbones, under the eyebrow, bridge of the nose, and the cupids bow and see the same effect. Once you see the difference it has on your overall look you might be ready to dive into one of these brands!

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