5 of the best highlighters that will deliver an instant glow
From liquid to powder and everything in-between
By Kate Niven
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / March 28 2018
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 five of our favourite highlighters that will provide the perfect natural-looking glow.
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.
Psst…did you know this is also the number one best-selling highlighter at Mecca? Now you know it must be good!
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.
e.l.f Baked Highlighter
Sometimes the best highlighters need only set you back $12. Not only is this creamy and highly-pigmented powder formula a hit on Pinterest (it’s been pinned over 65,000 times), the three shades Blush Gem, Moonlight Pearls and Pink Diamond are all infused with vitamin E and jojoba, so they’re good for your skin, too.
L’Oréal Paris True Match Highlight Liquid
For a multitasking highlighter, look no further than L’Oréal Paris True Match Highlight Liquid. This creamy liquid can be used as an illuminating primer applied before makeup, mixed in with foundation for an all-over glow or blended across the high points of the face for a touch of strategic radiance.
LUMA On The Glow Highlighter
If time is of the essence when applying your makeup every morning, opt for LUMA’s On The Glow Highlighter. The stick packaging makes application a breeze (whether you’re on your daily commute or simply in a rush) and the creamy formula blends out seamlessly to provide a bronze summer glow when you opt for the Bronze Voyage shade. And it’s been given 5-stars by our members – read their reviews here.
Not sure how to apply your highlighter of choice? Make sure to read our no-fail guide to applying highlighter – no matter the formula.
What’s your Holy Grail highlighter? Let us know in the comments below.
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Kate has worked for BEAUTYcrew since early 2016, first as a contributor, before being named Beauty Writer in 2017. She loves picking the brains of the industry's top experts to get to the bottom of beauty's toughest questions. Bronze eyeshadow palettes are her weakness and she's forever on the hunt for the perfect nude nail polish to suit her fair skin. Her words can also be found in Men's Health magazine.