Beauty Gifts: Glow and Shimmer

Whether you’ve been out celebrating or up late making twelve bits of random fabric into something representing a shepherd’s costume, by this stage of the game you might be feeling a little jaded. What you, or a loved one, might need is something to put a little perk back into your complexion. These products do the job perfectly without making you look like an extra from Twilight.

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For an all over pep up, The Estée Edit Flash Illuminator, £22, can be used all over as a primer or mixed with your favourite base to just brighten things up a bit. Since Dior discontinued Glow Maximizer (we’re still in mourning), Sali’s been using this loads.

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If you’d prefer a powder, you could go one of two ways – something that could be applied all over to give general glow, and / or a highlighting powder, which you’d generally use along cheekbones and just under the brow. For a general glow, Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powder, £35.10, will lift the complexion on the days when you really didn’t want to get out of bed. The packaging is stunning, a beautifully weighted silver compact with a matching kabuki brush. I made a small involuntary noise of pleasure when I opened it.

 

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The entire Burberry Christmas collection is drop dead gorgeous this year, and the Gold Glow Fragranced Luminising Powder, £45, with its embossed bow is almost too lovely to use. Let’s not be saving this for best though – it’s a definite, but subtle, gold highlighter that’s perfect for a night out.

pure_light_collection1_2_1British brand Delilah have put together a set of three illuminating powders – Solar, Aura and Lunar – with a powder brush, £48. This is a beautiful collection of two highlighters and a bronzer, and the brush is smaller than regular sized powder brushes, so a much better size for applying highlighter.

236384581Finally, Hourglass, who make amazing powders (and powder brushes) have a marbled effect face palette out this year, £69. The largest pan, Surreal Light, can be used all over the face as a finishing powder, whilst the four smaller pans are a mix of bronzer, blush and highlighter that you could experiment with to find the perfect combination.

Debra Brock
Debra Brock is co-founder of salihughesbeauty.com and a contributing writer.
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  • Beklet

    That Burberry one is stunning! They’ve been doing excellent LE gold highlighters recently

    • Debra Brock

      They have. It’s so beautiful.

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