The highlighters we’re loving this winter
Because luminescent skin is where it’s at
By Briar Clark
BEAUTYcrew Beauty Editor / July 01 2021
Highlighting, strobing and contouring are all makeup trends that have become second nature to many of us, and the secret weapon to nailing all three of these trends is an epic highlighting product.
And while highlighter is an essential that we all have in our makeup bag, it’s also one that can leave us looking like a shiny and glittery mess if we don’t have the right shade or formula.
So, to ensure you don’t leave the house with your face looking like a giant disco ball, we rounded up our favourite highlighters that will provide the perfect natural luminescence to winter skin.
MECCA MAX Off Duty Glass Stick
Glass skin is a mere swipe away with this chubby stick on hand. Formulated to deliver an enviably dewy sheen, we recommend applying this little guy to the high points of the face to imbue a bit of moisture back into the skin, imitating that fresh glow you get after applying your most hydrating skin care picks.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder
There’s a good chance this highlighter isn’t new to you, as the light-diffusing formula has reached cult-like status in recent years. And for good reason. Each shade has been specifically formulated to give your skin a filtered effect, without having to use any iPhone apps. Opt for these powders (there are six shades in total) if you want to add a subtle sheen to the skin that will last all day.
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand
If you prefer to make a statement with your highlighter, then this liquid option from Charlotte Tilbury should be your go-to. What makes the formula so special is how it seamlessly blends into the skin (we recommend applying it with your fingers) along with the fact that the coppery-rose gold shade flatters a huge variety of skin tones and leaves an ethereal glow on the skin that will make you look as though you’ve descended from the heavens.
FENTY BEAUTY Match Stix Glow Skinstick
If the handbag-friendly format isn’t enough to get you excited about this pearlescent-finish highlighter stick, then how about that lit-from-within, post-yoga-sesh, sweaty-in-a-good-way glow? It's no small order but Rihanna's done it again with this universal shade that caters to all skin tones. We also personally love applying this to our lids and brow bone for a wet-look eyeshadow moment that is to die for.
Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.