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A Complete Glow Goals Guide With 10 Best Makeup Highlighters

Gone are the days where you need some extra help to make your skin radiant and luminous. Highlighters can help your makeup to breathe in a fresh glow. Whether you like a minimal natural glow, soft chic, or want to pull a dramatic look, highlighters are there for you to solve every purpose and put a life in your skin as well as your makeup.

What is a highlighter?

Makeup highlighters are the products that help in attracting light on the face, where you apply it. It gives or more so creates an illusion of natural brightness of the face as well as the height of the face. We use contours and blushes to enhance the facial feature and we add highlighters on top of them to accentuate the contouring & beauty. Wherever you apply highlighter, that area on the skin brightens and helps in creating the illusion of symmetric or enhance angles & depths.

Where highlighters can be used?

You can apply highlighter to many areas on the body. On the face, you can use it on:

  • Cheekbones
  • Center of your forehead
  • Cupid’s bow
  • Bridge of your nose
  • Brown bones
  • Tip of the chin
  • The inner corner of the eyes

You can also apply makeup highlighters to other areas on the body such as:

  • Collar bones
  • Cleavage
  • Legs
  • Shoulder
  • Shoulder Blades

It’s not necessary to highlight all of the mentioned areas on the face. If you want to accentuate or reflect light only on some particular areas, then highlight only that region of the face.

Types of Makeup Highlighters

Once you start using a highlighter, there is no turning back. But there are many different types of highlighters according to different requirements. Let’s find out.

1) Strobing Cream

The best thing about cream highlighter is that you can also use it as an illuminating primer before applying your makeup. As they give your face a glow-from-within type of look. And they can also be applied on the cheekbones are the other area you want to highlight just by swiping it directly on the skin. You can easily blend these highlighters with the help of fingers.

2) Jelly Highlighters

This type of highlighter is a new addition to the highlighter family. It has a wobbly consistency and it can also be mixed with your foundation to achieve the perfect radiance. It blends on the skin like a gel and sets like a powder highlighter. The best part about this highlighter is that it doesn’t give you a chalky not-so-blended streak. It can easily be blended with your fingers. It gives hydration to the skin and gives you a  luminescent glow.

3) Liquid Highlighter

Liquid highlighters can also be mixed with the foundation to achieve the dewy radiance. A single drop of liquid highlighter is highly pigmented and a good blending is needed to get that red-carpet look. Once set, you’ll get the glistening glow like never before. Once, you have set the makeup with powder, do not use liquid highlighter over it. These highlighters are very versatile, just dab a few drops and get that beautiful shimmer.

4) Brick Highlighter

Brick highlighters consist of different shades sectioned in one pack. You can choose your favorite shade of the day and apply it separately on your cheekbones. But you can also make your custom highlighter by mixing more than one highlighter or altogether.

5) Stick Highlighter

This highlighter is best for everyday use and very easy to use especially for beginners in makeup. This highlighter is like a thick crayon which is a shimmery stick and can be used directly on the skin. It can also be blended with the help of fingertips. It is also travel-friendly and you don’t have to carry a blending brush with you.

6) Powder Highlighter

Powder highlighters are pressed powder in a compact style. It looks similar to face compact powders with the obvious difference is that it is shimmery. It is blended with a brush and can be applied anywhere on the body. Mostly these types of strobing can be applied with a fan brush, highlighter brush, or angeled brush or whichever you feel the most comfortable with. One of the benefits of using pressed highlighter is that it gets build up easily.

Which highlighter shade is best for your skin tone?

A thumb rule of using highlighter is that the highlighter should be two shades lighter than your skin tone. Just like we select the shades of blush or foundation for the skin, it is important to select the right shade of highlighter as well to give natural radiance to the face. One of the best methods to choose the shade is to look & pay attention to yourself in nice lightning and observe the undertones of your skin.

1) Deep Skin Tone

If you have dark, Olive, or deep skin tone, then shades of rose gold or bronze would work best for you. If you do not use warm shades of highlighter and use silverfish shades instead then your skin may look dirty or greyish – maybe just like the ashes from the fire. The touch of warmth in the highlighter shade will help in making your skin look fresh and the glow will help in giving your complexion a nice beautiful lift.

2) Medium Skin Tone

For medium skin tone, it is recommended for you as well to avoid silver or cool shades. It might result in giving your skin a frosty & slatey look. You can wear warm shades like champagnes, gold or bronze. These shades perfectly compliment your skin tone. A hint of pink or peachy shades can also look good for some particular occasions.

3) Fair Skin Tone

If you have a fair or pale skin tone, then you can go for shades like silver, pink, pearlescent, or champagne. Because you have a light skin tone, the light pigments enhance & add the beautiful radiance in your complexion. Women with fair skin tones should avoid highlighters that have warm shades.

Choosing the right shades of highlighter according to your skin type helps in brightening the dull complexion and adds life to it. It provides a natural-looking lift to your face and makes it look radiant. 

What are the Best Highlighters?

We have tried some of the highlighters available in the market and it turns out that they are actually worth the hype. Below is the list of our top 10 picks.

1) Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter, Molten Gold

2) Swiss Beauty Beauty Highlighter and Bronzer Palette 02

3) L’Oréal Paris Glow Mon Amour Highlighter, 02 Loving Peach, 15g

4) INCOLOR INSTANT GLOW Shimmer Brick Face Makeup Highlighter for Women Shade No. 05 Radiant

5) Coloressence Shimmer Highlighter SS-2 Golden

6) Sivanna Shimmer Highlighter (Hf302-03)

7) Swiss Beauty Beauty Highlighter Stick, 02

8) Wet n Wild Megaglo Makeup Stick Highlighter, When The Nudes Strikes

9) Maybelline New York Face Studio Strobing Stick, Nude

10) Sivanna Colours Pro HD Blusher, Highlighter and Contour Palette

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I was the president of the Fashionista Club at my college. That is when I discovered my love for writing on fashion and beauty, mainly to inspire others. Since then, I love to constantly lookout for fashion trends and beauty secrets. I am in love with the idea of going organic in terms of beauty. If I were a beauty product, I’d be Essential oil. Beauty is a healthy state of mind and the only beauty standard that I follow is anything that makes me happy and confident. I love to inculcate positive habits in me and have an optimistic attitude. I live by the idea of living life in harmony and to bloom with grace. I believe that the concept of Beauty & Style of anyone is something that is very personal and it starts with loving yourself. Afterall Bosswoman Vibes are the most sexy and you gotta believe in your inner Beyonce.

Mahima Mujral

I was the president of the Fashionista Club at my college. That is when I discovered my love for writing on fashion and beauty, mainly to inspire others. Since then, I love to constantly lookout for fashion trends and beauty secrets. I am in love with the idea of going organic in terms of beauty. If I were a beauty product, I'd be Essential oil. Beauty is a healthy state of mind and the only beauty standard that I follow is anything that makes me happy and confident. I love to inculcate positive habits in me and have an optimistic attitude. I live by the idea of living life in harmony and to bloom with grace. I believe that the concept of Beauty & Style of anyone is something that is very personal and it starts with loving yourself. Afterall Bosswoman Vibes are the most sexy and you gotta believe in your inner Beyonce.

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