Going into the Year of the Dragon with a hike in GST as well as a general increase in the cost of living, it’s only natural to want to attract more huat this year. You can optimise the feng shui at your desk and your office to get ahead in your career, but why not go the extra mile and use your makeup to also help you attract wealth and abundance?

According to Chinese physiognomy or face reading, high cheek bones and plump cheeks attract wealth and fortune. While not all of us may have been born with these attributes, we can use makeup—in this case, a highlighter—to help us “correct” our features and attract abundance in the new year.

Where should you apply highlighter?

A highlighter attracts light to all the high points of your face, giving you a radiant glow while allowing you to subtly change the shape of your face. Worn on the highest point of the cheeks, highlighter draws attention to your cheekbones to give the illusion of high and sharp cheekbones. You can also use some sparingly on the apples of your cheeks to make them look plumper. Blend a bit of highlighter on to the bridge of your nose to make it look more lifted and prominent as a high nose bridge is also considered auspicious.

Other areas you can apply highlighter are the inner corners of the eyes to open up the eye area and on the cupid’s bow of your lips to make your lips look pouty.  

We’ve rounded up eight highlighters that will give you glowing glass skin that is sure to make you huat-er in the coming year.

Rare Beauty Positive Light Silky Touch Highlighter, $42


Finely milled, and airy light, this highlighter imparts a gleam to skin that doesn’t look harsh or frosty. Pearl micro-shimmers set in a semi-sheer base allow you to build up radiance to your liking while translucent pigments allow each shade to stretch across a few skin tones, which means you never look like Tin Man.

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Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand Highlighter Spotlight, $66


This pretty rose gold shade is flattering on most skin tones and brings light to your features without a trace of glitter. The cushion applicator allows for precise and even application of this highlighter on to the high points of your face. Simply blend with a damp sponge to create a natural glow that gives you a soft focus finish.

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Smashbox x Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter, $64


Becca fans can now shop this cult-favourite powder highlighter once more! Luminous pearl pigments blended with liquid give this much-loved highlighter it’s buttery soft finish that goes on smooth, blends effortlessly and doesn’t settle into lines. The best part is that it can be as subtle or dramatic as you like without a speck of shimmer in sight.

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Dior Backstage Glow Face Palette 001 Universal, $80  


With four different shades in different finishes—glittery, metallic, pearly, shimmery, this palette allows you to customise the level of glow from subtle and natural to dramatic and popping. Each shade in the quad can be used alone or swirl your brush across all the shades to create a multi-dimensional glow.

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Nudestix Nudies Glow All Over Face Color Bronze & Glow, $57


This balm highlighter comes conveniently packaged in a stick format, complete with a blending brush on the other end so you can use it whenever and wherever you want. Swipe on and blend to instantly add a shot of dewy luminosity that lifts the natural structure of your face. Perfect for that no-makeup makeup glow, it comes in a variety of shades to suit all skin tones.  

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Iconic London Illuminator, $55


If you’re after a liquid highlighter that gives you that glass skin vibe, this is it. The molten liquid can look a bit intimidating in the bottle, but transforms into a gorgeous sheen on the skin. It can also be applied under foundation or mixed in with it to create a lit-from-within radiance. Available in four shades, almost anyone can add this to their makeup routine.  

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RMS Beauty Luminizer, $71  


Those who prefer a more subtle sheen will enjoy this cream highlighter that is packed with a range of organic skin-nourishing ingredients that condition the skin as you wear it. Gently blend it on to cheek bones, bridge of the nose and cupid’s bow to light up your complexion with a soft radiance.

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Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo, $60


With a subtle sheen on the left (ideal for daily use) and a supercharged shimmer on the right (perfect for nights out) this highlighter duo captures your every makeup mood. The long-wearing cream-powder hybrid goes on effortlessly and sinks into skin bringing killer radiance to all the right angles.

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