Beauty: best illuminators

We used to think that illuminators were best left to the likes of Kim Kardashian but thanks to Victoria Beckham and now supremo makeup artist, Pat McGrath, we are true converts.

We use Beckham’s Morning Aura, £68 from Net-a-Porter US which is a primer and moisturiser-in-one almost every day.  In her video for Vogue, Beckham applied it over her cheekbones and nose as a highlighter over her makeup but we like using it under our foundation or BB cream, as it acts as a great primer and gives you a subtle glow.  Unfortunately, you can only buy Morning Aura from outside of the UK at the moment but there is a second Victoria Beckham/Estée Lauder collaboration coming this autumn so keep your eyes peeled (the first collaboration was sold exclusively at Selfridges on it’s debut).

Alternatively, we’d recommend Skin Fetish by Pat McGrath, £70 from Net-a-Porter.  McGrath’s makeup line, Pat McGrath LABS, has just gone on sale and it has been 25 years in the making.  We were lucky enough to watch McGrath at work on shoots in the past and, famous for her research and 80 plus bags of makeup and brushes, she is meticulous in her skin prep and application.   Responsible for the makeup for over 80 fashion shows a year including Dior and Dolce & Gabbana, it’s not surprising that McGrath’s line is fashion forward and includes strong pigments not for the faint hearted (glitter lips for example?)  However, it also has Skin Fetish 003 which she calls her secret weapon for creating a lit-from-within-glow.   It contains a pressed pigment highlighter, a highlighter duo stick and a brush but it’s the highlighter stick that we love.  Again, we use it under makeup and it really does create a luminous radiance.

— Francesca
26th July 2017

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