We’ve all been there. You look in the mirror and discover that your foundation isn’t blended, your blush is streaky, or your eyeliner is uneven. These blunders are especially horrifying when you discover them after you’ve already left the house. My screw-up product? Highlighter. I’m a mess when it comes to applying anything with my fingers, so any creamy formulas are an automatic out for me. Then there’s the fact that the usual shimmery, sparkly finishes of highlighters aren’t easy to work with.
In light of these unfortunate facts, I had forgone highlighter for many years. But then I discovered Too Faced’s Candlelight Glow Highlighter Powder Duo ($30). At first, I was disappointed. I could barely see any difference after I brushed it above the apples of my cheeks. After a minute it dawned on me that this is what I have always wanted: basically a highlighter that doesn’t scream, “I’m wearing highlighter even though I suck at applying it!” This silky-smooth product is impossible to mess up, even for a highlighter-handicapped person. The compact consists of two shades: a subtle champagne and light pink. You can choose to use them separately, or blend both together—personally, I found that blending them works better for my skin tone. I use a fan brush and lightly sweep it above my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose, and dab it lightly above my Cupid’s bow. Because of its powder formula, there’s no awkward blending involved and the finish is so light that you can’t accidentally over-apply.
This product gives the loveliest, softest glow—an ethereal finish, if I do say so myself. It’s perfect for daytime or the office when you are trying to cut down on shimmer, but will reflect the candlelight on your romantic date, too. In short, it’s a dummy-proof way to get that lit-from-within glow everyone obsesses over—and you’ll be the only one who knows it comes from a compact.
Do you have a favorite product that is impossible to screw up?