The Tragedy of Tabby, Prince of Novato
Act III, Scene I
Enter Prince Tabby, Queen Karen, Left Turn the Black Cat, Thug the Russian Blue and Lords.
TABS: To highlight or not to highlight — that is the question.
Whether ’tis nobler in the condo to suffer the humiliating pets and chin scratches of outrageous fortune, or to raise paws against a sea of troubles, and by opposing, end them. To eat, to nap — perchance to dream; ay, there’s the tummy rub.
Wait, what the heck is Prince Tabby talking about!? I don’t know about him, but speaking for myself, there is absolutely NO question about it. I am always, ALWAYS down for highlighting, and here are my five top picks for “Best Highlighter.” These are the ones I wear the most. 🙂
Best Everyday Highlighter: Hourglass Ambient Powder in Luminous Light ($45)
It’s amazing to me how this champagne pearl pressed powder barely looks like I’ve made a dent in it, when I’ve been wearing it pretty consistently — sometimes for weeks on end — for the past few years.
That’s a pretty good thing to know, that a single pan of anything could last until forever, or until Skynet eventually takes over (whichever comes first).
What I love about Luminous Light — I mean, other than the name, because don’t most gals like the idea of being bathed in luminous light? — is the finish. On the skin it looks like expensive, plush velvet bathed in the light of a buttery late summer afternoon.
The sheen is unlike anything else I’ve seen before. Soft and subtle, yet still noticeable, and it’s oh, so forgiving of large pores and fine lines (hallelujah!).
All told, this one’s my favorite everyday, all-occasion highlighter in the world!
Best Highlighter for a Dewy Finish: MAC Cream Colour Base in Hush ($22)
No, you can talk. I was referring to MAC Hush, which I love for its flexibility. It’s a soft peach with subtle shimmer, and I like it just about any which way/any how — on bare skin, on top of tinted moisturizer, foundation, even on top of powder. Whenever I’m aiming for more of a dewy, wet look, out comes Hush.
All I do is use my fingers to apply and blend it, usually on my upper cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose and on my Cupid’s bow, and it takes all but a minute to use.
I also think it looks amazer-ing in pics.
Oh! — and you can also use it as an eyeshadow base. Score! 🙂
Best Highlighter for Dramatic Looks: BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal ($38)
Good ol’ Opal. How many pans of it have I gone through over the years?
Three? Four…? I’ve lost count.
BECCA has many marvelous Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed options, but Opal is the one I wear most, by far. It’s a super shiny golden opal pearl, and for dramatic highlights, it’s unbeatable. Unlike standard-issue high-shine highlighters, of which there are many, it’s the very definition of luminous, and the complete antithesis of harsh and metallic, so skin glows seemingly from within with magical eldritch power without appearing oily.
It’s so friggin’ good that when I had to pick a single highlighter to wear on the red carpet to the Emmy’s last year, I went with Opal. There was no question about it.
Fun tip: to open up the eyes and make them look as big, bright and wide as possible, lightly apply Opal in the inner corners of the eyes, and just above and below the highest point in the arch of your brows.
Best Highlighter to Wear With Pink Blush: Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Starblush ($32)
This quiet, subtle pearlescent pink powder is my “halfway” highlighter. Shinier than Hourglass Luminous Light but less shiny than BECCA Opal, Baked Starblush comes out whenever I wear a pink blush, because I think it looks amazing with warm, cool and neutral pink blushes.
Best Highlighter for Multitasking MAC Iridescent Powder/Loose in Golden Bronze and Silver Dusk ($23 each)
Sadly (horrifically), these were discontinued here in the US (WHY, MAC, WHY?!?!), but I had to give them a shout-out anyway because I think they’re so damn good.
You may still be able to find them outside the United States (or, perhaps be able to track them down on eBay), and if you do, consider yourself lucky, because these powders are epically wonderful.
I found out about them from MAC senior artist and all-around awesome cat lady Keri Blair, who mentioned one day that she used them all the time for bridal looks. She called them her unsung heroes from the line.
Soooooo, the next day I went out and bought both of them, LOL! 🙂 Silver Dusk is a shimmery, silvery pinkish beige (great for cooler skin tones), and Golden Bronze is a peachy golden bronze (looks amaze-balls on warm skin). Basically, these are like loose powder versions of the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfectors, but with an even more nuanced pearlescent finish.
A teeny, tiny bit goes a long way! I like to apply them with a tapered eyeshadow blending brush like the MAC 224, for precision.
These are mighty multitaskers, too! For dewy skin, just mix a little with your foundation or tinted moisturizer. Or, for a beautiful sheen on your arms and legs, sprinkle a little on a dollop of body moisturizer or body oil, and then massage directly on the skin.
Quick (non-makeup) question for ya…
Have you ever used airbnb.com, and if you have, did you have a good or a bad experience? I haven’t used it before, but I’m thinking about it for an upcoming trip because, OMG, hotel prices? They are out of freakin’ control!
Some of the places I’m seeing on airbnb look really nice. I’m just nervous about renting a place that looks great in pics but having it turn out to be sketchy in real life, you know? Please help a cat lady out! I need a short vacation here pretty soon.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,