Get Your Glow On with these Makeup Highlighters for Women over 40.

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Best Makeup Highlighters for Women Over 40

Widely considered the “secret weapon” for a healthy, radiant glow, Makeup Highlighters for Women over 40 can literally turn back the hands of time.   They can make you look 10 years younger.   A good Makeup Highlighter can decrease the look of wrinkles, minimize under eye circles and diminish a wide nose, receding chin or droopy eyes.   Ok… I’m IN!

I recently read Andrea Robinson’s Book, Toss the Gloss, Beauty Tips, Tricks & Truths For Women 50+.  In the book she states that “the secret of highlighters is this:  They use light to draw attention to the features we want to accentuate and deflect attention from the spots we want to diminish”.  She goes on to say that a good Highlighter will not and should not read shimmer in any kind of light.  It’s purpose is to highlight the areas that show you off to your best advantage”.  Andrea Robinson spent decades in the Beauty industry with chief roles with Estee Lauder, Tom Ford Beauty, Vogue, Seventeen and Ralph Lauren.  I think it’s fair to say, Andrea knows highlighters!

Nearly all makeup artists agree that the key to achieving great results with Makeup Highlighters for Women Over 40 is finding the right product AND applying the highlighter properly.

The general rule of thumb for application is that the Highlighter should be applied to the following areas on the face:

  • Under the Eyes, Above the Brows and on the Browbone.
  • In the Center of the Eyelid.
  • Along the cheekbone.
  • On the apples of the cheeks over blush.
  • Above the cupid’s brow of the lips.
  • Down the bridge of the nose.
  • Center of the forehead.

In general, mature skin beauties should avoid highlighters that contain glitter.  I generally prefer a liquid (non-white) highlighter.  Powders are normally not recommended for women over 40, however, there are some powder formulas that perform well.

Here are a few of the Best Makeup Highlighters for Women Over 40.

Three that I really like and use on a regular basis are Laura Geller Highlighter in French Vanilla, Loreal Paris True Match Lumi Liquid Illuminator and Clinque’s Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlighter. (pictured below).

From Center to Left.. Laura Geller Highlighter, Loreal True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator, Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlighter

Laura Geller Highlighter

I normally don’t like a Powder formula in a highlighter but this one makes the cut!  Part of Laura Geller’s Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Collection, this highlighter is surprisingly creamy.  It’s silky formula glides on effortlessly, brightens and provides a radiant lit from within glow.  I love the Diamond Dust shade of this highlighter.  It comes in several other shades as well.  You can’t go wrong with this one!

Loreal True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator

This was recently revealed by Jennifer Lopez’ longtime Makeup Artist, Mary Phillips, as THE product she uses to give JLo that gorgeous “glow”.  Since JLo is the ultimate “glow” icon with flawless skin and makeup, of course I rushed out to get this and give it a try!

This highlighter is lightweight and blends well.   You only need a little dab of it for targeted highlights on key areas of the face.  For an all over glow, mix it with your moisturizer or foundation.  It comes in three shades and the shade you choose should correspond with your skin tone.  Ice enhances pink or blue tones. Rose enhances yellow, peachy, pink or blue tones. Golden enhances peachy or yellow tones.

Overall, this highlighter is a good one at a great price.  The bottle will last a long time!

Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight

I love the formula of this stick.  It’s lightweight, creamy and super easy to blend.  And the stick is great to carry in your purse for on the go touch-ups! It provides a subtle, radiant glow – not overwhelming.  The formula is oil-free and long-lasting and a great choice for women over 40!

If you have tried any of these highlighters or decide to try them, let me know how you like them!  As always, please feel free to leave your comments & let me know if you love any other great makeup highlighters for women over 40, I’d love to hear from you.

Until next time, remember to Highlight and Keep Smiling!

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Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator
Laura Geller Highlighter
L'Oréal Paris True Match Liquid Glow Illuminator
L’Oréal Paris True Match Liquid Glow Illuminator
Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight
Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight


















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