When a friend of mine wanting to get in on the glistening cheekbone action that I adore (I still remain heavily influence by the Dior Haute Couture show back in '05) confessed to having no idea of the difference between illuminators and highlighters, I thought I'd enlist the help of Nigel Stanislaus, MNY Makeup Artist and general bestower of excellent advice, to add some clarity to her situation. Here's what she said, followed by what he said:
I just don't get the difference [sighy-hmphy sound]. Illuminate and highlight essentially mean the same thing so which one should I use if I want to add that nice, light-catching sheen to my cheekbones?
That would be a highlighter. Highlighters contain more mica which reflects the light. They're more intense and should only be used on spots like your cheekbones and brow bones for that 'kick' to really sculpt the face. My favourite is Maybelline NY Instant Age Rewind Double Face Perfector ($18.95). lluminators still play an important role, but they contain less mica. I use illuminators to mix in with moisturisers and foundation to give a brightened complexion.
Stockists: Maybelline New York (1300 369 327)