'Kermit highlighter' is the cool-coloured illuminator trend to try

If Grande says go green, we go green

Editor / August 15 2022

We're not sure there's a trend on the planet (or another; her line is space-themed) that we wouldn't try if Ariana Grande suggested it. And yet we can't pretend we weren't the tiniest bit dubious that 'green highlighter' was the next big thing, even after the debut of her stunning mint-hued highlighting powder, AKA the r.e.m. beauty interstellar highlighter topper in 'mama earth' ($31 at Selfridges).


But luckily, TikTok tried it and set the record straight, confirming that while 'Kermit highlighter' is definitely a trend to keep an eye on (and try, obviously) it's not as adventurous as it sounds. In fact, it hits skin with more of a galactic glistening effect than leaving you looking like you're going as Elphaba from Wicked for Halloween.

Content creator @blendedbymaddyh was among the first on social media to sample the shade, initially voicing her doubts about green illuminator before being pleasantly surprised. "Oh I like this because it's not that green, it just brightens it," she explained via her video (which you can watch below for all the green-ish goodness).

So why make it green if it doesn't end up looking green?! Well, firstly, you definitely could build the pigment up to a genuine green level if so desired, but generally, the 'it' factor stems from the shade's universal nature.

On top of helping to cloak redness, the minty shade works a treat on an array of skin tones, as evidenced by the snaps on r.e.m. beauty's site. It's flattering across the board just like its other cool-toned purple predecessor, confirming that warm, bronze-y shades of gold and copper definitely aren't your only illuminating options.

Basically, it provides the covetable 'frosted' vibe (one of Grande's personal fave illuminator aesthetics) without going full silver (which can look a tad too 'Tin Man'). Plus, it's just a whole lot of fun to swipe on a teal-toned highlighter, is it not?!

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Want to get in on the green action but not sure Grande's line is your vibe? The INC.redible All Eyes On Me Highlighter in 'Mermaid On Land' ($6.95 at Cosmetic Capital) and the Oden's Eye Solmane II Moonlight Feel Highlighter in 'Moon Talk' ($34 at Oden's Eye) will deliver a similar vibe.

INC.redible All Eyes On Me Highlighter Mermaid On Land


Main image credit: @glambybrit

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Delaney began her career in the Australian beauty media industry in 2015, landing amidst the glossy world of women’s lifestyle magazines (or more literally, in their beauty cupboards). Since then, she has gone on to write across a multitude of beloved Australian media brands, including OK!, NW, InStyle, and Harper’s BAZAAR. She’s covered every side of beauty content, from directing beauty editorial shoots to rounding up the best glossy serums for golden hour skin. Having spent nearly a decade immersed in the beauty realm, Delaney’s knowledge of beauty is as extensive as her collection of tinted lip oils (read: extremely extensive). Delaney is currently the Digital Managing Editor of BEAUTYcrew, and her beauty wisdom also appears across beautyheaven, ELLE and Marie Claire. She enjoys channelling her personal hobby (testing beauty products) into her professional work (talking about testing beauty products), and considers perfecting the art of a cat eye in a moving car her life’s greatest accomplishment.