Well, I have done it. I have officially slaughtered one of my first (and favorite) highlighters – MAC VANILLA!
Many of you have asked me what the best highlighters are to not only start your collection with, but also which ones look best with lighter skin tones. For those of you who read the blog with darker skin tones, these can also function well for you when used on the lid and paired with a darker color in the crease for an uber sexy neutral eye.
My tried and true top highlighters are:
Vanilla is the BEST as far as I’m concerned for those with a fair skin tone and any eye color. It applies extremely well and blends out a majority of other eyeshadows in MAC’s line. Vanilla can be testy though – I noticed it does not play well with certain shades in terms of blending (i.e. Bronze, Plumage, etc.). However, if you have a red-based shade like Cranberry, Star Violet, Brown Script, Vanilla effortlessly dissolves harsh lines. As many of you may already know, this is a signature staple in my collection and one that is used on the site frequently.
How I love you, Blanc Type! A slightly deeper and more tan-based highlighter, Blanc Type blends out browns from every corner of the color spectrum. As part of MAC’s Matte2 collection, this is the highlighter of choice for me when working with other Matte2 shades (i.e. Handwritten, Tete A Tint, Copperplate, Fig. 1, etc.). This is my back-up to Vanilla when I find Vanilla isn’t able to blend out an eyeshadow.
A soft pinky-peach beige color, Orb is ideal for warm skin tones and is one I am finding myself using more and more lately. I like to use it on the brow to warm up a look or blend away harsh lines when I incorporate pigments into my look. This is gorgeous when used over some of MAC’s paintpots and also creates a perfect neutral eye when used on the lid, or with a deeper brown in the crease (like Saddle or Mulch!).
Bisque is another pink beige matte shade that functions much like Orb in my routine. It has more of a tan base, is a little deeper in color than Orb and looks especially great when paired with Espresso as a neutral combination.
Ricepaper is a light gold-muted yellow shade with a beautiful application and finish. I don’t use this one often on the brow bone or as a blender, but I LOVE using it on the lid with a brown like Swiss Chocolate in the crease. Ricepaper has this lightening effect when used all over the lids, and even on the lower lashline.
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