The 10 Best Highlighters Of All Time

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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

Glowing skin. We all want it. Highlighters are how to get it. Our top 10 illuminators & luminizers of all time — from MAC to BECCA, right here.

Sephora | Ulta | Revolve

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

Glowing skin. We all want it. Highlighters are how to get it. Our top 10 illuminators & luminizers of all time — from MAC to BECCA, right here.

Macy’s 

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

Glowing skin. We all want it. Highlighters are how to get it. Our top 10 illuminators & luminizers of all time — from MAC to BECCA, right here.

high beam: Sephora | Revolve

sun beam: benefit Cosmetics | Bloomingdale’s

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

Glowing skin. We all want it. Highlighters are how to get it. Our top 10 illuminators & luminizers of all time — from MAC to BECCA, right here.

Sephora | Revolve

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

Glowing skin. We all want it. Highlighters are how to get it. Our top 10 illuminators & luminizers of all time — from MAC to BECCA, right here.

Nordstrom | Ulta | Bloomingdale’s

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

Glowing skin. We all want it. Highlighters are how to get it. Our top 10 illuminators & luminizers of all time — from MAC to BECCA, right here.

Ulta | Nordstrom

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

Glowing skin. We all want it. Highlighters are how to get it. Our top 10 illuminators & luminizers of all time — from MAC to BECCA, right here.

Bloomingdale’s | Sephora | Barney’s 

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 

Glowing skin. We all want it. Highlighters are how to get it. Our top 10 illuminators & luminizers of all time — from MAC to BECCA, right here.

Sephora | Nordstrom | Bloomingdale’s

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

Glowing skin. We all want it. Highlighters are how to get it. Our top 10 illuminators & luminizers of all time — from MAC to BECCA, right here.

Sephora | Net-a-Porter

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

Glowing skin. We all want it. Highlighters are how to get it. Our top 10 illuminators & luminizers of all time — from MAC to BECCA, right here.

Sephora | Violet Grey | Bloomingdale’s 

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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XOXO,

Scotti 

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5 Comments

  1. Scotti, I need you to do my face!! My friends think I’m the high maintenance one of the bunch but I still feel like a complete child when it comes to makeup—next time you’re in Philly how about a TME Before and After?! 😃 We could even do the high end version and the drugstore dupes!

  2. Erin M Gentile on

    Loved this article. I’m so nervous to try highlighter because I see it done so badly so often.I think I’m going to take the plunge…looks like the Stila might be a good first try!

  3. I’ve always followed the rule from Carmindy from What Not To Wear – on the top of the cheekbone, under the brow, and in the inner corner of your eyes

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