Choma Loves: Top 5 affordable highlighters
Make-up trends have become even more popular with the rise of social media, so I don’t blame you if you’ve decided to hop on the trends too. If you have already mastered the art of contouring, you might have also heard of the latest makeup trend called strobing - which relies on natural light and highlighters. In this article I’ll give you my top five list of affordable highlighters so that you can stay on trend without the expense.
First: Strobing vs Contouring
Contouring involves using a blend of lighter and darker shades to enhance your facial features such as the nose, chin, and cheeks. Strobing, on the other hand, does the complete opposite and leaves your face with a natural glow.
Strobing relies on natural light and highlighters to define your facial features and creates a radiant, youthful look. Unlike contouring which requires multiple products, strobing is simpler. It involves natural light hitting your brows, chin, cheekbones and nose; and using highlighters to define that area. Contouring often gives you a matte finish, whilst strobing delivers a shimmery effect.
Picking the right highlighter doesn't have to be a nightmare. Here are some of my favourite affordable highlighters:
1. NYX Professional– Illuminator Face Enigmatic Narcissistic
You can find this highlighter at Clicks for R165.95. It has a warm undertone that would be perfect for winter and autumn.
2. Rimmel Magnif’eyes - Millionaire
Okay, Choma, this is technically an eyeshadow but we all love a multipurpose product. So just get your powder brush and apply it as you would apply any other highlighter. You can also get this from Clicks for R159.95.
3. Brush on Radiance - 02 Sunlight
Do you know those ring lights that Instagram models use to get that perfect selfie that gets 1000 likes? These bronzing balls do the same thing for a good glow! This is my all-time favourite because it lasts for YEARS and it can be used as a great eyeshadow when you wet your brush. You can get it at The Body Shop for R275.
4. LA Girl StrobeLite Strobing Powder – So Watt
This strobing powder is sold at Dis-Chem and it costs R149. It creates more dimension and depth where light usually hits and will give a sheer finish to your look. What’s cool about this powder is that you can also apply it on its own without any makeup. Use a fan to apply it for a natural-looking glow.
5. Essence Glow To Go – Sunkissed Glow 10
This is a highlighter palette that comes in four different shades. It is R92.95 at Dis-Chem and it’s an affordable palette for that golden glow. You can either mix the shades for a deeper golden look or just use them individually for a subtle glow.
It’s important to know what works best for your skin tone Choma. If you are fair to medium toned, your best option would be a champagne colour because anything that is too deep will make you look like you are wearing a bronzer. If you are tanned to dark toned, deeper bronzed and gold shades will definitely make that melanin pop.
Remember, if you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Message, a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).
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