Gone are the days of glitter-heavy face highlighters that left us with disco-ball-looking strobes. In the current era of clean make-up and no-make-up make-up looks, glass-like and lit-from-within illuminators reign supreme in highlighter aisles.
Looking for a shimmer-charged powder or stick that’ll give your skin a next-level kilowatt gleam? Well, these four future cult faves *seriously* live up to their hype!
MAC Project Whitney Houston Skin Finish Highlighter
If you’re a fan of MAC’s OG Extra Dimension or Mineralize Skinfinish highlighters, their newest limited-edition Whitney Houston-inspired shade is a make-up-bag must-have. It’s a liquid-to-powder formula that blends over the skin like literal butter. It’s less blingy than their coveted ‘Gold Deposit’ shade but remains the perfect honey-gold tint supercharged with low-key metallic pigments for effortless radiance.
Fenty Beauty Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil
Consider this an en-vogue and new-age take on the old-school 90s glitter highlighter. It’s boujee and gorgeously glitzy – the kind of illuminator you pull out for special occasions like your wedding day or sexy NYE festivities. We love how buildable it is – one coat gives skin a subtle but visible gleam. However, for ultra-glam drama queens seeking a more blinding finish, layer on three or more coats for the iciest diamond-like sparkle. We’ll take three of these, thanks!
Benefit Watt's Up! Cream Highlighter
We’ve been obsessed with this particular highlighter for YEARS. It’s a creamy, universal Champagne tint that looks good on everyone. If you prefer a non-glitter and natural-looking glow, look no further than this beaut. With our fingertips, we like to apply it down the bridge of the nose, along the cheekbones, on the brow bones, Cupid’s bow and chin for some quick shimmer and definition.
Bobbi Brown Summer Love Collect Highlight Powder
This is another holy grail that deserves endless love. It’s available in four Champagne and gold shades for fair and rich complexions. You’ll love its ease of use – literally rub and glide your fingertips for an intense colour payoff. The shade ‘Copper Glow’ is a current fave – a rich bronze-gold that looks expen$ive on everyone!