The Best Highlighters to Keep You Glowing All Day

By Hannah Liddle - 2 years ago | Updated
Best Highlighters

It felt like the highlighter came out of nowhere. It was an instant transition to fame, going from zero to the ultimate makeup hero. Everyone wants the perfect sheen, the shimmer strobing their cheekbones, carving their face and giving them that ethereal glow.

I’m a huge fan of highlighter and, at one point, I’d tried all of the cult favourites to find the perfect one. I didn’t find the perfect one…I found the perfect few. There are literally so many amazing highlighters out there, it’s impossible to choose one single favourite. And why only restrict yourself to one, right?

Quite often I get asked which highlighter I’m wearing, so, out of the kindness of my heart, and to help you all achieve that healthy luminosity, I’m willing to share my top ten, so you can keep on glowing all day. Pull up a chair, you highlighter junkies, you’re in for a treat.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

With three shimmering shades, this highlighter palette is perfect for lighting up your complexion through the darker months. Each powder has been made with innovative soft-focus, light-reflective technology, meaning the light will bounce right off your face, thus creating a multidimensional shimmer. Simply beautiful.

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Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter

If you’re wanting to glow all out, then make Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter your BFF. Extremely pigmented and super dewy, this liquid luminiser will give you a red-carpet complexion as it smooths out imperfections and creates a mega-watt finish that can be seen from outer space.

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theBalm Mary Lou Manizer Luminizer

theBalm Mary Lou Manizer Luminizer

Chic, subtle and sexy, theBalm Mary Lou Manizer Luminizer adds a gentle glow to your face and is delightfully natural-looking. In a velvety-smooth powder form, it delicately sweeps across your face to add a soft shimmer while smoothing out your complexion and imperfections. It’s the perfect product for an everyday glow and fully deserves its place at the top of our list of the best highlighters.

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Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder

A cult fave, the Laura Mercier Face Illuminator is perfect for nailing that ‘no makeup’ makeup look. Just a few dusts of this silky powder over your face and you’ll be on your way to highlight heaven. In two divine shades, it beautifully complements all complexions and can be built up to take you from glowing to beaming.

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Maybelline Master Chrome Extreme Highlighting Powder

Maybelline Master Chrome Extreme Highlighting Powder

Where amazing meets affordable, the Maybelline Master Chrome is for those of you who love to shine but hate to splurge. But don’t let the small price tag fool you, it packs a punch when it comes to strobing those cheekbones. Its pearlescent pigments create an effortlessly luminous sheen and leave you with a warm, metallic finish.

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Fenty Beauty Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

Fenty Beauty Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

How could we mention the best highlighters and not include Fenty Beauty. They have multiple formulas to choose from, with the iconic powder Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in golden Trophy Wife and the gorgeous Fenty Liquid Diamond Bomb Glitter Highlighter. However this gorgeous cream stick takes the biscuit. Highlighter isn't just for the cheeks. This product gives you a glorious all over highlight!

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Shiseido 7 Lights Powder Illuminator

Shiseido 7 Lights Powder Illuminator

This is a multiuse product like no other, with seven beautiful shades. Mix together for a wonderful glow from within or take a smaller brush for more precise application. This can be a highlighter, blusher, eyeshadow or even contour.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun Dipped Glow Kit

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun Dipped Glow Kit

No one does glow like Anastasia Beverly Hills. This highlighter kit gives you a holiday glow without the holiday (sadly). And it can be used on all the high points of your face and decolletage to give you glimmering results.

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Too Faced Diamond Highlighter

Too Faced Diamond Highlighter

Give 'em the old razzle dazzle with this out-of-this-world Diamond Highlighter by Too Face. It has real diamonds (YES that's right) infused into the formula, which gives a breathtaking shimmer to your skin. Blend and build the powder to achieve that perfect glowy finish.

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Jeffree Star Cosmetics Liquid Frost Highlighter

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Liquid Frost Highlighter

For showstopping results, get your hands on the iconic metallic liquid highlighter from Jeffree Star Cosmetics. This formula blends effortlessly and gives you a radiant finish.

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No matter how you like your highlight to look – be it ultra-radiant or subtly shimmery – make one (or all ten) of these best highlighters your go-to for creating a perfectly dewy complexion. We guarantee you'll be turning heads wherever you go.

Want to make sure that your new glow stays in place all day long? Read up on how to find the best makeup primer for your skin type, and rock that shine till the sun comes up.

Hannah Liddle

Written by Hannah Liddle

A firm believer that dehydration is a character flaw and good skin starts from within. Hyaluronic acid is her saviour too though.