Highlighters give skin a beautiful glow | Beauty

Many years ago, I stared at pictures of J Lo wondering why she looked as if she’d eaten the sun for breakfast while the rest of us looked deficient in life-giving nutrients. Her secret? Highlighters. These essentially, bring more light to your skin. The understated can use a hint of the metallic pigment at the top of cheekbones. If you want the full works, mix in with your foundation. In the wrong hands, highlighters can be a shortcut to looking robotic, but these brilliant formulas make that fate totally avoidable.

1. UOMA Salute to the Sun Highlighter £21, boots.com
2. Rare Beauty Positive Light Luminizer £21, spacenk.com
3. Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish Divine Glow Highlighter £45, selfridges.com
4. RéVive Glow Elixir £105, reviveskincare.com
5. Victoria Beckham Beauty Reflect Highlighter Stick £36, victoriabeckhambeauty.com

I can’t do without… A featherlight matte foundation perfect for the summer heat

Scour the beauty press and you’d be forgiven for thinking no one is interested in wearing foundation in the summer. The reality is different. Many battling pigmentation issues, for instance, consider a base with great coverage the holy grail. For others, it simply comes down to a love of wearing makeup. And come summer, both would rather not eschew foundation . That said, no one wants to wear a batter mix in the heat. This is where a good powder foundation comes in. It might seem at odds with a ‘summer look’ but, actually, the idea that everyone wants a ‘glossy finish’ is a fallacy. Of course, for those who want a glossy finish, there’s the tinted moisturiser. But many actually prefer a matte finish (which mustn’t be confused with a ‘dead finish’ – no one wants their skin to look comatose). So if you are part of the pro-matte brigade, try this bestseller from Fenty. It has a soft but radiant finish and is available in 50 shades. The texture is feather light – you’ll forget you are wearing it – but it is also buildable, so it delivers great coverage without a mask-like feeling. It is longwearing ,making it especially excellent for those with oily skin who find their base rapidly disintegrates in summer. It is also sweat, humidity and crease resistant. So if you’re looking for a lovely matte foundation for summer, look no further. Fenty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Powder Foundation, £30, boots.com

On my radar… Summer scents with vanilla at their hearts

Vanilla thriller The amalgamation of bergamot, neroli and angelica seeds gives this traditionally gourmand ingredients a sophisticated new twist. Prada Infusion de Vanille, £115, selfridges.com

Heat and musk A left-of-centre approach to scent is de rigueur for Byredo. And this vanilla fragrance, with its touches of plum and musk, doesn’t disappoint. Byredo Vanilla Antique, £235, byredo.com

Spice of life This cosy but complex vanilla concoction – tonka bean, violet, rose, patchouli and sandalwood – is an intense marriage of sweet and spicy. Boucheron Fève Tonka de Canaima, £125, harrods.com

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