Cheek bones never looked so good!
Highlighter – a few years ago it might have been a non-thing, but in 2017 you’re no one if you’re not working some sort of strobing.
Between creams, powders and colour- switching iridescent putties, there’s a highlighter for everyone (and a next Instagram trend to go with them – neon strobing anyone?).
But sometimes navigating your way through the masses of shimmer can feel a little like a lost cause. Fear not, we have rounded up the best highlighters in the biz, giving you the ultimate faux glow, minus the glitter.
- ILLAMASQUA BEYOND POWER IN OMG
Apply this baked powder wet or dry for a glitter-free golden glow.
- TOPSHOP GLOW POT IN FASCINATE
This little pot of cream highlighter is so popular. Topshop sells enough to reach the height of the shard four times over, if you were so inclined to stack them on top of each other, that is. Now that’s what we call a good rep.
- MAC STROBE CREAM
Great as a base before your foundation for a luminous glow, or dabbed along cheekbones, this liquid highlighter is a fashion week back stage staple.
- BENEFIT DANDELION TWINKLE
The classic pale pink blush gets a highlighter update. Dust over the bridge of your nose, Cupid’s bow and cheekbones for a subtle sheen.
- BUXOM DIVINE GODDESS LUMINIZER
A universal bronze-toned cream highlighter, smooth his over arms and legs for an instant summer glow.
- ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS GLOW KIT IN SUNDIPPED
The cult highlighter palette loved by, well, everyone, this kit contains four highlighting powders to suit all skin tones.
- RMS LIVING LUMINIZER
One tiny pot, a whole lot of glow. Filled with light-reflecting minerals, the creamy pearlescent formula is super blendable which means you’ll get one natural looking glow.
- VICTORIA BECKHAM X ESTEE LAUDER MODERN MERCURY
When Victoria Beckham set about to create her collection for Estee Lauder, she looked to the archives and brought back the iconic Modern Mercury highlighter. And for good reason too. Finely milled for a silky texture, this rose gold highlighter is ideal for that elusive lit from within look.
- NARS ILLUMINATOR IN COPACABANA
This light-reflecting liquid might be shimmery, but that doesn’t mean we’re entering 90s territory. Think more Gisele on the beach in Rio and you’ve got it.
- STILA HEAVEN’S HUE HIGHLIGHTER
With an unexpectedly bouncy texture, this putty-like highlighter uses ultra-fine light-diffusing particles to create a natural-looking glow sans the glitter.
- MAYBELLINE MASTER STROBING LIQUID
Why highlight when you can strobe? Ok they’re sort of the same thing minus the contouring, but if you’re going to do it, do it properly. Enter Maybelline’s fit-for-purpose strobing Liquid aka the easiest way to create instant cheekbones that look like they’re casually just being hit by light.
- BECCA SHIMMERING SKIN PERFECTOR IN CHAMPAGNE POP
A Universally flattering apricot-gold highlighter and a legend in the Instagram world, this finely-milled powder has an almost creamy texture-ideal dusted along the high points of your face.
- CIATE DEWY STIX
A wet-look glow in a stick, simply draw this along cheekbones for an uber modern glossy finish.
- ICONIC LONDON ILLUMINATOR
Everyone from Jourdan Dunn to Jeffree star rave about these seriously glowy illuminator drops. Add the concentrated shimmer to your foundation or primer, or dab on top of make-up for a selfie-worthy finish.
- CHARLOTTE TILBURY BAR OF GOLD HIGHLIGHTER
Charlotte Tilbury’s Bar of Gold might look a little intense but one sweep across the tops of cheekbones and you’ll look like sunlight is somehow always shining on you. Seriously. One for a natural ‘lit-up’ look, rather than an out strobed finish.
- CLINIQUE CHUBBY STICK SCULPTING HIGHLIGHT
Let’s face it, drawing on highlighter makes life a whole lot easier (especially if you do your make-up on the go like we do.) perfect for the summer when you want to look glowy , not sweaty, this long-wearing highlighter won’t melt down your face.
- HOURGLASS AMBIENT STROBE LIGHTING POWDER
Packed with more light-refracting particles than you can shake a stick at, this powder highlighter has a sheer base to blend seamlessly into skin without any telltale glitter.
- KIKO HIGHLIGHTING DROPS IN GOLDEN SHELL
A few drops of highlighter from Kiko’s pipette helps conceal imperfections and add an instant hit of light to cheekbones that previously never existed.
- LAURA GELLER BAKED GELATO SWIRL ILLUMINATOR IN DIAMOND CRUST
It’s a highlighter that looks like frosted ice cream, what’s not to love?? This legendary swirled highlighter applies like a powder but feels like a cream and leaves an iridescent sheen that flips from pink to violet in the light.
Photo credit: Elle
Written by : Eromosele Patrick Eidusi