Ah, highlighter, the loyal friend you can keep in a makeup bag. There are countless uses for highlighter, from shimmery powders paired with contouring foundations, or chunky sticks used to add a touch of light to your face. The options are endless, which is why we’ve done the work and chosen this season’s most lit highlighters for you!
1. NYX Professional Makeup Away We Glow! Liquid Highlighter
Yes, this is the highlighter breaking the Internet. Beauty bloggers and makeup artists can’t contain their excitement over this glowing liquid and the stunning makeup looks that it can help create. The glorious highlighter comes in nine light-reflecting shades to match every skin tone. Try the sparkling Moon Glow and Liquid Prism for fair skin, the champagne colours of Crystal Glare and Daytime Halo for medium olive skin, or the bronzy Gold Rush and Rose Quartz for darker skin.
2. Urban Decay Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid
There really is a highlighter for every girl out there, and this one is for those looking for a more subtle, natural look. Just like the name suggests, it’s a barely-there powder that appears to blur or vanish into your skin, making for a more sun-lit glow.
The Naked range is created for weightlessness, thankfully defying the culture of sticky-feeling and oily-looking highlighters. There are four colours to choose from, such as Luminous for fair skin and the coppery Lit for darker skin.
Swipe it generously onto your cheeks, the bridge of your nose and your forehead using your index finger. Don’t forget to blend it into your foundation and let it melt into your skin. This product is super special because it can be used as body makeup too!
3. Maybelline Master Strobing Stick Illuminating Highlighter
You already know that strobing is taking over the makeup world. Just when you’d learned how to perfectly contour, the best replacement nobody asked for is taking its place! This chunky stick (which looks more like an overgrown lipstick bullet) is the perfect product to ditch contouring for. It adds dimension to your face by slimming your cheeks, brightening your eyes and making your brows stand out. It does the job of a contour, just without the complex technique.
Simply stroke it over your cheekbones and work your way up to the corner of your eye for an intense glow. To get an overall dewy look for your face, add to your forehead and the tip of your chin.
4. Lancôme Dual Finish Highlighter
This multitasking, illuminating highlighter does double-duty, depending on the look you’re going for. You can apply it directly from the compact for a light, glowing finish, or mix it in with foundation for a more intense dewy look.
This is a premium glow powder with everyone’s favourite highlighter ingredient: light reflecting pearls that catch natural light on your face rather than emitting a glittery shine. Forget whatever reservations you may have about cakey powders, this highlighter will wipe them away with its creamy, buttery texture. For best results, use a highlighter brush or dot it onto your skin then blend with a sponge.
With so many products out there, you’re spoiled for choice on finish, texture and light intensity, and that might make it difficult to pick just one. Consulting your local makeup counter is the best way to smooth your frown lines when confronted by the burden of choice, as you discover what’s right for your skin type and colour. Don’t forget to pair your dewy glow with equally soft, iridescent hair!