It’s Mardi Gras in TWO WEEKS, folks – and chances are you’re gearing up to be a sparkly glitter ball, or at the very least, glowy as fuck and wanting to make your boobs/abs/arms/thighs look like they just emerged from a vat of oil.

There’s shimmery products that are like, GOOD – and then there’s the ones that go the extra mile. As someone who is a) obsessed with highlighter and b) knows a lot of other people obsessed with glitter, AND C) has worked in the beauty media industry for around 10 years, I know some shit. And I’m here to share what I know with you. Here’s my pick of products that’ll have you glowing so bright, you’ll rival that guy who has stuck sequins all over his face.

FENTY BEAUTY BODY LAVA

This body luminizer is the SHIT. The shit, you guys. It is the perfect balance of hyper-glowy, but “natural” looking – not that anyone literally glows, but it blends into your skin like a dream and leaves you looking angelic, not glittery. It’s the perfect end-product no matter what vibe you’re going for. Sex in a bottle.

STILA SHIMMER & GLOW LIQUID EYESHADOW

Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow, $37

This eyeshadow has rave reviews for it’s excellent pigment and high glitter factor. One sweep and a little smudging and you’ll have epic, theatrical eyelids.

MAC GRAND ILLUSION HOLOGRAPHIC LIQUID LIPCOLOUR

MAC Grand Illusion Holographic Lip Colour in Party Sparkle, $42

This lip colour is SUPER shimmery and highly pigmented – the lighter shades will stand out best on darker skin tones, but they still look glittery and fab on lighter skin too.

FENTY BEAUTY KILAWATT FREESTYLE HIGHLIGHTER

Fenty Beauty Kilawatt Freestyle Highlighter, $74

All the Fenty Kilawatt highlighters are gold (literally) for adding mega glow to cheekbones, collar bones – wherever. But this palette allows you to go wild with iridescent blues and purples – after all, why go for simple champagne glow on Mardi Gras, right?

MAC X PATRICK STARR PIGMENT IN SLEIGH RIDE

MAC X Patrick Starr Pigment In Sleigh Ride, $36

Mad colour payoff and a glittery finish, this works as costume makeup if you use a damp brush, and doubles as regular shimmer for daytime use without.

NYX SHIMMER DOWN PIGMENT

NYX Shimmer Down Pigment in Platinum, $11.95

This is INTENSE shimmer – excellent if, say, you’re dressing up as an LGBT… alien? Moon prince? I don’t know, something intergalactic.

PAT MCGRATH SUBLIME SKIN

Pat McGrath Sublime Skin Highlighter Palette, $85

Pat’s the undisputed QUEEN of highlighting products, having gone viral back when she only produced for backstage on runway shows. Now her stuff is in Aussie Sephora, and this highlighting palette looks like the goods, IMO.

SPORTSGIRL GYPSY GLOW BODY ILLUMINISER

Sportsgirl Gypsy Glow Body Illuminiser, $19.95

Sportsgirl is renowned for their body shimmer products – another goodie is the Body Glow bronzer. This luminizer gives a similar payoff to the Fenty Beauty – it’s a LITTLE less amazing, but also a fraction of the price and still top tier.

ECOSTARDUST BIODEGRADABLE GLITTER

Ecostardust @ASOS Biodegradable Glitter in Peacock, $9.50

The best glitter is biodegradable – something that’s only hit wider knowledge in recent years, glitter can be preeeetty bad for the environment, so if you want to do your eco bit, this one is biodegradable.

IN YOUR DREAMS BIODEGRADABLE GLITTER

In Your Dreams @ ASOS Biodegradable Glitter in Gold & Silver, $12

Another biodegradable glitter goodie, this one has large and small glitter pieces for max holographicness.

Image: Instagram / @alisa.belochkina