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Highlighter VS Illuminator : What’s The Difference?

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My makeup- philosophy, as the living, breathing legend Badgirl Riri once beautifully sang, is to shine bright like a diamond. Yes, I have always loved my glam with a twinge of an iridescent glow, a strobe of glitter across the cheeks, no matter where I am heading. And, now more than ever, the ongoing festive season has dewy, glowy looks written all over it, giving me the perfect excuse to give into my whimsies — right from the glazed donut look to donning dolphin skin, it is going to be my time in the spotlight. If you are also planning to take the same route and are scrambling for that festive glow, but are vacillating between the two categories of glow-getters in the market— an array of beautiful highlighters and an assortment of versatile illuminators, then let me help you out. Which formula will help you get that effortless glow? Let's break it down.

Difference Between A Highlighter And An Illuminator, And Which One Should You Pick?

Right off the bat, a highlighter and an illuminator are not the same, and here’s why. A highlighter is competent in accentuating the light on specific focal points on your face. These are high points where natural light is bound to hit. So, if you have a phenomenal bone structure or sculpted cheekbones; fierce highlighting can aid in emphasising these high plains. Moreover, you may also use a highlighter on your brow bone, the cupid’s bows, the temple, and the tip of your nose for a polished and effortless beauty look. On the other hand, an illuminator creates an illusion of a natural glow, the one from within, all over the face. Yes, with an illuminator up your sleeve, you can emanate the radiance of healthy, organically glowy skin.

Final Word

While the application of highlighters is more topical and can be availed in a single form — illuminators, on the other hand are more versatile. There are several strobe creams, tinted moisturisers and foundations in the market that are formulated to grant you a luminous cast. But hey, no matter which side you pick for festivities, we promise an effulgent shine which is hard to eclipse with our specially curated product recommendation list.

best highlighter

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter, Shadow & Shimmer Travel Size

liquid highlighter 6600

Nykaa Strobe & Glow Liquid Highlighter - Gold Mine

Maybelline highlighter

Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter

charlotte tilbury highlighter

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Multi-glow - Romance Light

mac strobe cream

M.A.C Strobe Cream
- Pinklite

swiss beauty illuminator

Swiss Beauty Pearl Illuminator Makeup Base

tinted moisturizer

Smashbox Halo Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF

bobbi brown tinted moisturizer

Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 - Light Tint

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