Highlighter is the best multi-tasking, transformative makeup product you’re probably not using. It can create an instant brow-lift, make eyes appear bigger and brighter, and pop cheekbones out like nothing else. Not just for special occasions (although it definitely works for those too), the right highlighter can enhance your complexion, camouflage dark circles and accentuate your features. The key is finding one that works for you. So we’ve rounded up our top 10 favorites of all time to help you get gorgeous, glowing skin. From liquid to gel, loose powder to pressed, we’ve got your new favorite highlighter right here.
The Best Highlighters of All Time
1. BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter
The TME Why: A super-soft powder that melts into skin for a beautiful glow.
Wear it With: Bright red lips for a pretty night time look.
2. JLO X INGLOT Livin’ The Highlight Illuminator
The TME Why: A gorgeous loose powder than can be used on eyes, cheekbones and collarbones.
Fun Brand Fact: This highlighter is part of a limited-edition collection between Inglot and Jennifer Lopez. (Get it while you can!)
3. Benefit Cosmetics High Beam & Sun Beam
The TME Why: The perfect liquid to dab onto cheekbones—sun beam is perfect for a summer glow while high beam works well year-round.
Pro Tip: Apply sparingly with your ring finger (instead of the brush), adding more until you achieve your desired effect.
4. Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter
The TME Why: A light and bouncy cream highlighter that resists fading or transferring.
Perfect For: Those looking for an easy-to-apply, natural-looking highlighter.
5. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish
The TME Why: The powder highlighter I use on almost all of my brides.
Pro Tip: Can be used wet or dry (wet for a more dramatic look).
6. Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face & Body
The TME Why: The perfect sparkly shimmer without the metallic finish.
Pro Tip: Brush it along your collarbones for a sexy glow.
7. Kevyn Aucoin The Neo Limelight in Ibiza
The TME Why: A highlighter trio of iridescent shades to brighten the skin (purple is surprisingly flattering on all skin tones).
Perfect for: Those who want to refresh tired and sallow skin.
8. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder
The TME Why: The perfect palette for year-round wear, these shades can be used as finishing powders or highlighters.
Perfect For: Those looking for a subtle glow.
9. Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter
The TME Why: A hydrating gel highlighter that can be worn alone or mixed with foundation for an all-over dewy (not glittery) look.
Fun Brand Fact: Inspired by Marc Jacobs’s love of coconut water and a radiant complexion, it features five forms of coconut to hydrate and nourish skin.
10. Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Highlighter Wand
The TME Why: This liquid highlighter is easy to apply (thanks to the sponge applicator) and has light-reflecting particles (without glitter) for a natural glow.
Pro Tip: Lightly dab the applicator along tops of cheekbones and dab with your fingers to blend in.
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