Best Makeup Highlighters

How to find the perfect highlighter? In this post, we list some of the best products on the market for different needs. We also share some tips for using and applying highlighters.

What does Highlighter mean and why should it be used?

Highlight means brighten up and it is really a technology that highlights certain parts of the face. Today, many products are renamed highlighter just to make it easy to find, but you might as well use an eyeshadow or light cover for the same purpose. A highlighter should help you:

  • Highlight your facial features
  • Give the skin a beautiful glow and glow
  • Pin up and lift the skin
  • Different highlighter

What does a highlight product look like?

Today, there are highlight products in many different shapes and finishes. They can be in liquid form, cream, powder form or in the slightly more traditional powder format. They can be dull, shimmery, glowy or glittery with lots of luster! It is important to find a highlighter that meets your specific needs!

Bright shadows (highlighter) magnify and make the area you apply it to appear more. Dark shading (Contouring) reduces and enhances your natural shadows on your face.

How to use a highlighter?

Maybe you are one of those who avoided highlighter because you are afraid of looking too glossy and glittery? It may feel a little daunting but if you learn how to use a highlighter properly it can bring many benefits to your makeup routine!

What are the most common mistakes when adding a highlighter?

You apply it in the wrong places

The application means everything! A highlighter should be applied to places you want to emphasize and lift such as the jawbone, amorphous arch, and nose. If you place it elsewhere, you lose the point of brightening up and you can instead look wider.

You use too much

Never overdose a highlighter but remember that less is more in makeup. You do not want to shine too much as in that case you lose the nice effect of highlighting a specific area.

You are using the wrong shade

It is easy to believe that any highlighter works on anyone, but just as there are a variety of shapes, highlighters also come in different shades. Choose a shade that is flattering to your skin tone, because the wrong color can make you look pale and tired.

You apply it incorrectly

For example, do you use a cream highlighter on your powder? This can lead to stains and the base becomes uneven. Instead, use it on your foundation. If you are using a powder foundation, use a highlighter in powder form. If using a liquid foundation use a liquid highlighter.

Best highlighters

Nyx Professional makeup Born to glow Illuminator Sunbeam

Lightweight and multifunctional illuminator that gives incredible luster.

L’Oréal Paris Glow mon amour droplets Ivory Glow

Liquid drops with coconut oil that are easy to fade out.

Lumene Invisible Illumination Instant Illuminizer Midnight Sun

Spring-light composition with Nordic spring water & cloudberry with light-reflective pigment.

Tata Harper Very Illuminating

Creates near-natural skin glow and blends into the skin as it contains softening oils – such as coconut and sunflower oil and nourishing green tea.

Nudestix Nudies All Over Luminous Color illumi-naughty

A multifunctional stick for eyes, cheeks, and lips with a brush. It also works as a bronzer.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Shimmer Stick 1

An incredible shine in a light, creamy texture. It comes in four golden metallic variants.

NARS The Multiple Copacabana

François Nar’s iconic innovation that many have copied. Versatile stick for eyes, cheeks, lips or whole body

Marc Jacobs Beauty Glow Stick

A smart roll-up design that’s easy to carry and lets you add light and shine to your makeup throughout the day.

Essence The highlighter 20

A soft, powdery texture that gives the skin a shimmery finish.

Catrice High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder 010

Highlighter with minerals and ultra-fine, light-reflecting pigments. Buildable as the sheer formula provides customizable coverage.

Lancôme Custom Glow Drops Moonlight

Emphasizes the skin’s natural radiance with a sparkling fresh pearl tone.

Benefit High Beam Highlighter Tint

Powerful concentrate that can be mixed, used under makeup, directly on the skin or on top for strobing

RMS Beauty Luminizer Highlighter

Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color

A multifunctional formula that creates a shimmery/glittery metallic effect. Available in gold, silver & rosé.

RMS Beauty Luminizer highlighter

Super-thin universal formula that does not feel sticky, oily, glittery or unnatural. Works on all skin tones as it allows your own colors to shine through

Elf Baked Highlighter Moonlight Pearls

Fantastic highlighter in baked formula that almost gives a wet glow to the skin.

Maybelline New York Facestudio Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter

A holographic highlighter that features an ultra-concentrated powder that leaves a cool shimmery shine in the colors of the rainbow.

Milani Strobelight Moon Glow

Popular highlighter in wonderful texture that gives a really nice glow! Available in more shades

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

A popular powdery slightly warmer highlighter that has become extremely hyped and popular!

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder luminous

Special manufacturing technology that gives a fresh and beautiful glow with light-reflecting and glittering particles that give discreet shine and glow. Just Aura is super nice on a light/medium complexion!

BareMinerals Endless Glow Highlighter Free

Luxury formula! Mineral-based pressed highlighter that gives a natural luster that blurs the visibility of pores.

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Killawat Freestyle Highlighter Metal Moon

Discreet to crazy shades! Rihanna’s famous highlighters created in shades to suit all skin tones.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Moonstone

BECCA’s iconic highlighters that are among the finest in my freelance bag. It has more shades to suit all skin tones. The formula is enriched with finely ground, multicolored and brilliant pearls!

Laura Mercier Paint with light Radiant Face Illuminator Trio Collection

A new, limited edition palette that came out for Christmas. The color Obsession (center) is new and exclusive to the palette, while the other two shades are already in their permanent range.

Dior Glow Face palette 002

The makeup artist’s secret weapon to give instant luster to all looks, from a naturally fresh look to intense luster. Also available in shade 001!

OFRA Rodeo Drive Highlighter

The queen of highlighters! A frost white mother of pearl hue, perfect for light skin tones.

Too Faced Love Light Iluminador

An exclusive, almost liquid formula that turns into powder. Available in 3 universal colors but You light up my life is super on medium/olive toned skin!

Illamasqua Beyond Powder OMG

Baked highlighter that adds a warm, subtle shade to a natural, radiant glow.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit Highlighter Sun Dipped

Anastasia’s popular powder highlighters give intense luster. Apply with a moist makeup brush for extra glow.

Hourglass Ambient lighting palette

Ambient Lighting Palette has three different shades of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder that gives the skin a slightly more natural luster / luminous effect regardless of skin tone. Getting a little more subtle and not as sharp!

Huda beauty 3d highlighter palette pink sands

Popular highlighter palette with two different textures: a shimmering cream and three shades of mother-of-pearl powder to combine for a 3D highlighter effect. Available in 2 more shades.

Essence Pure NUDE Highlighter, 10 Be My Highlight

Simple highlighter palette with “baked” formula that gives off plenty of pigment despite the price. Apply to the cheeks and clavicles or to create a generally glossier look.

Strobing & Shading by Absolute New York Highlight

A light shimmering highlighter that reflects light and gives life to the face. Halo palette light has a very finely ground powder that blends softly into the skin and also comes in the shades medium and dark.

IsaDora Face Glow Highlighter Weel Champagne

Isadora’s luminous wheels with light-reflective shimmer contain five glow highlighters that can be used as both highlighter and eyeshadow. Super-flexible and clear packaging.

Wet N Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Palette

Four MegaGlo Highlighting Powders in limited colors that keep good quality. Gives you a nice glow for cheekbones, brows and amorphous bow!