Hi all,

You've probably seen this 'tag' doing the rounds on blogs and YouTube recently. Started by Mariya, the idea is to replace all the products you would usually use for a full face of makeup with various highlighters.

I thought I would give it a go and encourage you to do the same - I often forget to take time to mess around with makeup, from which the most fun and creativity stems. This is less an instructional post and more of a 'results and thoughts' jumble.

What I Used

As I'm not a makeup artist, I have a limited selection of highlighters, so in some cases just used a shimmery product rather than a 'highlighter'.


foundation Revlon Highlighting Fluid || setting powder 17 Shimmer Brick || eyelid primer Bourjois Colorband crayon || lid shade Sleek Hemisphere || crease shade & contour Sable by MAC || highlighter theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer || lip Stila liquid lipstick in Patina || blush & lip shimmer Sleek Equinox || brow crayon Rimmel Scandaleyes in Bad Girl Bronze


It's kind of hard to relay how shimmery my face was through images. I think had I used a more pigmented highlighter such as Mary-Lou as my 'setting powder', I would have been a lot more reflective, but instead I used the 17 Shimmer Block for variety.


  • Not using any foundation or concealer means virtually no coverage...
  • Highlighter all over the face definitely accentuates large pores and pimples
  • I'm contouring my nose for the first time, for some extra intrigue
  • It feels amusingly senseless to apply highlighter to the cheekbones after what has gone before
  • These lips look terrible on me
  • Oh my god, flash photographs look hideous
  • I feel ethereal and strangely powerful
  • But still not comfortable enough to answer the front door
  • Ultimately I think the worst things about this are the weird brows and lips - otherwise it could sort of work

I hope you guys enjoyed this silly post. I promise the next one won't be about highlighters. Also, sorry it was late - I was living large in the Netherlands.

Have a great weekend,

F x

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