How to highlight: my tips and tricks for a gorgeous glow


From non-touring to strobing, highlighting is a technique that everyone should know how to do in a personalised, customised manner to suit your look, skin type and style.

For a natural, undetectable and healthy-looking glow:

This technique is great even for the make-up novice or when you want a healthy look that’s not obviously made up. The trick here is to use either liquids underneath your existing make-up, such as Ethereal Spackle from Laura Geller, or add a silky highlighter liquid (like Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl) into your existing foundation to lighten the texture and help infuse it with dimension and light.

Finish your make-up with traditional translucent and illuminating powders – Bareminerals Mineral Veil is a classic, timeless choice.

Any of these techniques give a lift to your existing make-up where the product is undetectable but the healthiness and freshness of the look of your skin will be noticeable. You can also replicate this look on the body with illuminating moisturisers that we have; the new Illuminating Body Butter from Tan-Luxe offers a self-tan built-in, and is super glowy too.

For a refined highlight effect:

To give improved structure and freshness to your skin, go for lighter and brighter products applied to the high points on your face. For example, under and above the brow to lift the eye, top of the cheek to lift the cheek, above the lip to give a higher, plumped up look and can often be combined with the newer, glossy type finish, especially on the cheek area that we have seen from celebrities recently.

These are best achieved with a liquid, such as Benefit High Beam, or a powder with a baked formula with some colour sheen in it, like a Laura Geller Baked Gelato.

An all-time top seller is the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick, and the new kid on the block would definitely be the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Twinkle Lighting Palette which even has four different shades inside.

Application: the liquids are best either with your fingers, or a blending sponge patted on last on top of your make-up. For powders, dust lightly with a clean brush, and if you have a downward-shaped eye, use it on the inner and outer corners for an ‘instant eye lift’ effect.

You can replicate this look on the body such as on the clavicle and shoulders and down the front of the shins or underneath sandals or around toes, often with the same products you’d use for your face. For a touch of warmth, the Body Frosting from Laura Geller gives a gorgeous all-over glow, and any of the Ultrasun Glimmer formulations offer natural and very pretty sparkle for daytime wear.

For full-on glimmering glam:

For out and out high glamour, I can’t recommend the compact highlighters that we stock enough. To apply, use a sponge tip applicator – favourites include Portofino from Laura Geller, and Vanilla is another beautiful shade with a huge cult following. If you want to use your Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick, go for a single shade and apply a more intense layer of colour. It’s all about precision and really makes an impact on a night out.

Today’s modern look should include one or all of these techniques, and my top tip is always make sure that your highlighting products, whatever you choose, are applied with totally separate applicators or washed hands so that the look is not ‘muddied’.

Finally, don’t forget your hair. A healthy, glowing, glossy face can show up as very fake if your hair is not shiny. To combat this, spray with Percy & Reed’s Shine & Fragrance Spray and take some of your compact powder shimmers and dust through hair – this looks especially pretty if you are doing any up-dos for weddings or a romantic night out.

I’d love to know how you apply your highlighter, which products you love, and what kind of texture you prefer. Leave your comments and questions below!

Ali x


  1. Margaret Dickson May 19, 2017 at 11:00 am -  Reply

    when Lulu’s Time Bomb range introduced Miracle Glo I stocked up . I love the finish it gives me over Laura Geller but I am now running out fast. Is it still available & if not what would you recommend?
    Until my daughter introduced me to QVC I would have bought Estee Lauder or similar products. I am now a Gatineau fanatic followed be Elemis although I also love Time Bomb & have used it since you first stocked it. I feel a bit like an Aldi’s advert going between Gatineau & Lulu. I no longer buy beauty products anywhere else but QVC.
    I watch many of your progs for the info far more entertaining than my husband’s car progs.
    Thanks for being so professional.
    Should say I’ll be 70 soon with very good skin.

  2. Emily Curtis May 19, 2017 at 12:25 pm -  Reply

    If I have oily t-zone and very pale freckled skin I use ultrasun tinted face all year round but I want to make my grey face a bit more fresh I was using Laura Geller balance and brighten or benefit dandelion blush but I’m currently unwell and have been in hospital since the 4th of may so I’m paler than ever I use Liz Earle four first products invented twice a day every day and have started using superskin serum oil and cream at night plus the skin repair light in the morning I like bare minerals orginal foundation and was wondering if the skin complexion and new highlighters would be suitable for an oily t zone? P.s I have to thankyou for recommending alpha h eye treatment for millia a few years back it worked wonders and all my little white spots are gone yippee

  3. Kath May 21, 2017 at 12:31 am -  Reply

    Ali… your skin is looking amazing… can you tell us what your using.. thanks

    • Yasmine June 2, 2017 at 12:57 pm -  Reply

      I’ve been meaning to write exactly this 🙂 Alison your skin has been looking FLAWLESS this past month. Particularly your under eye area, it’s like you’ve had something invasive done (meant in the nicest way possible) Share your secrets! 😉

  4. Mrs Moira Thomson May 22, 2017 at 12:59 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison Could you help me with a problem I am having buying OJon Hair products. I have been using these products for afew years buying from QVC. Now it seems you no longer sell Ojon products. I have tried online but am getting nowhere. Is there a problem with this product. Can you help?

    Thanks in anticipation.

    Mrs Moira Thomson

  5. Chris May 22, 2017 at 7:09 pm -  Reply

    I have seen Ojon in John Lewis

  6. Sheena Reeve May 22, 2017 at 8:48 pm -  Reply

    I love the highlighted look, but feel it is for the young. I’ve looked after my skin and wear makeup, but feel the highlight would emphasise any lines round the eyes. Is there a highlighter you would recommend for older ladies? Thanks

  7. claire May 28, 2017 at 8:52 pm -  Reply

    My sister will be starting radiotheraphy and chemo next week. Could you please recommend suitable cleansers, moisterisers and body lotions for her as soon as possible please, Many thanks claire

  8. Yasmine June 2, 2017 at 1:20 pm -  Reply

    Brilliant tip-I would never have thought about the powder highlighter in the hair! I’ve been loving the Bobbi Brown highlighter (pencils) sticks and the filter ones, alternating between a lighter and skin tone correct colour on days when I want to bring light and “lift” to the face as opposed to sparkle and shimmer. Caroline Barnes did a fantastic “face lift” look on youtube with Nadine Baggott -highly recommend!
    Apparently a new trend is putting a little highlighter on your ear lobes to help with that lift. Purchase recommendations are definitley Bareminerals new invisible highlighter and Mally’s glowing goddess luminzer 🙂

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