7 stick highlighters to achieve a good face effect (and where you should never apply them)

BeautyThe illuminators help to highlight the points of light on the face and that is why it is important to know which areas are the most suitable for applying them. Here we explain it.

By Ores Lario

“I need eight hours of sleep, although sometimes you can't. But I try", Isabel Preysler has told on more than one occasion when being interviewed. There is no cosmetic that achieves a good face effect as powerful as getting out of bed after eight hours of restful sleep. Like the socialite, not always we managed to surrender to the arms of Morpheus.When you seek to counteract the relentless effects of lack of sleep on our face or simply want to give light to the parts of our face that have lost smoothness and freshness, nothing like resorting to an illuminator.

Cosmetics that bring light to the face can be found in various formats, although when looking for subtlety and practicality, the bet is on the cream versions. “I find them more practical and cleaner than those with liquid textures, since when they are solid, the amount of product is perfectly controlled and it can be applied both with the fingertips and with a brush,” explains Roberto Siguero, national Lancôme makeup artist and specialist in highlighting beauty without artifice.

The illuminators help to highlight the points of light on the face and that is why it is important to know which areas are the most suitable to apply them. Siguero is a fan of the versatility of this product “because it can be placed on different parts of the body: “on top of the cheekbone, just above the blush; along the nose line; on both sides of the temples in a very subtle way and even on the clavicle bone”, explains the make-up artist for whom the solid versions “can also be used as eye shadow when looking for a neutral make-up”.

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If there are doubts about how to apply it, the specialist, whom Penélope Cruz, Clara Lago, Eva Herzigova, Nieves Álvarez or Belén Rueda have trusted, shares one of his professional tricks: “when the highlighter has an iridescent or subtle satin finish, you should never apply it in wrinkled areas, because the contrast between the light that it emanates and the fold of the skin becomes even more evident”.

Next, our selection of some of the illuminators, which guarantee the long-awaited good face effect.


Teint Idôle Ultra Wear Stick Highlighter is used to illuminate and also to correct, cover and contour the areas of the face that you want. When looking to achieve an even more intense shine, the cosmetic firm recommends applying a little product to the arch of the eyebrow, the cupid's bow and the center of the nose.


Buy at www.lancome.esFenty Beauty

For a subtle iridescent effect, use your fingers to warm the Match Stix Shimmer Makeup Stick on the back of your hand before gently patting the product onto your skin.


Shop at www.sephora.esYves Saint Laurent

The Touche Éclat Shimmer Stick highlighter is designed to give a touch of metallic light to the face. A multipurpose product to be used as a highlighter, bronzer or blush also on the body.


Buy at www.sephora.esMilk Makeup

The mango butter and avocado oil in Matte Cream Bronzer make the stick glide easily across the face. With its application, a natural and iridescent glow is achieved on the cheekbones, the browbones and the bridge of the nose, or in any other part that is sought to illuminate.


Buy at www.sephora.esNars

The cream formula and sheer color of The Multiple blend effortlessly to create hints of shimmer, redefine or brighten skin. Ideal for brightening, sculpting and warming eyes, cheeks, lips and body in shades ranging from sheer to bronzes.


Buy at www.narscosmetics.esChanel

Simply dab Baume Essentiel onto your skin and blend with your fingertips to subtly illuminate. Available in five versions, it adapts to any skin tone.


Shop at www.chanel.comClinique

The Chubby Stick highlighter offers long wear. You just have to apply it to the areas of the face that you want to enhance.


Buy at www.clinique.es