I never really understood highlighters until a few years ago when NARS sent me this Hot Sand Illuminator. Yes, I’ve had it for a few years and I’m still using the same tube — it lasts that long! When you only dab a drop on each cheek per day, one bottle goes a long way.
So here’s the deal — they actually call it illuminator (not highlighter) because it’s more glowy. It “lights from within” as they say. The formula is super sheer, so don’t let the orange color scare you. It gives a natural-looking glow versus some highlighters that are super obvious and even have a white or purple sheen.
You can wear it all over your face. Over, under, or even mixed in with foundation. I put it on last to highlight right around my eyes. From the top of my cheekbone under my eye, around my eye, and up on the top of my eyebrow. Like a C shape around the outside of my eyes. I also sometimes wear it on my eyelids during the day if I’m going for a no-makeup look but still need a little something on my lids.
I swear I feel like I look years younger when I wear this. I feel so fresh and luminously dewey once it’s on. I usually also wear the NARS Multiple Stick in Orgasm as blush, and they work together perfectly. If you’ve never tried highlighter or illuminator before, the NARS Illuminator in Hot Sand is a great one to start with.
FYI, this post is NOT sponsored, I just really love this product!
Photos by Emma Weiss