The 8 BEST Highlighters That Will Make You Glow, Not Sparkle

The 8 BEST Highlighters That Will Make You Glow, Not Sparkle
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Contouring is pretty much a fact of life by now, and a great highlighter is a crucial part of the process. But if you don’t have the best highlighter possible in your makeup arsenal, things can go from a gorgeous glow to junior high glitter real quick.

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We did the legwork and found these highlighters that are subtle and radiant, just like the best kind of real-life Instagram filter. We promise if you try them you’ll look less like you fell into a tub of sparkles and more like a camera-ready Kardashian.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminators ($28)
No matter how you feel about the Kardashians, you have to admit that their makeup game is pretty unparalleled: those girls glow. They've got this very special highlighter to thank—each of the shades imparts a ridiculously luminous finish that shines without any sparkle. No wonder they're constantly selling out.

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38)
The liquid version of this silky powder is the stuff of legends, but we prefer the "pressed" take on it—so much less mess, and fewer opportunities to waste product. They have an almost creamy bounce to them, and they reflect light like nothing else we've ever tried.

Kevyn Aucoin 'The Celestial Powder' in Candlelight ($44)
You can use this in the same old places you’d put highlighter—cheekbones, brow bone, temples—or you could branch out and try a hint of this shimmery, apricot-colored powder on your collarbone or shoulders. The glow it casts is so lovely that we’d hardly want to restrain it to just the face. The possibilities here are endless.

NARS The Multiple in Copacabana ($39)
This is the shade that works for every fair complexion. This product wins awards for good reason—it’s the gold (or "shimmering pearl") standard for a multitasker. Use it on your cheekbones for a supernatural glow, blend it into your lids for a subtle pick-me-up, or dab it on your temples and blend well.

Benefit Watt's Up! Cream Highlighter ($30)
Packaged in a handy stick format, this highlighter is a little glitzier than the other options here. Used sparingly, it enhances golden and olive toned complexions the best, but can be used for a more dramatic look if you’re fair-skinned or have pink undertones.

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer ($26)
With a distinctly golden cast and a slew of natural, good-for-you ingredients like argan and grapeseed oil, this liquid works best on olive and golden complexions. For a more subtle, all-over glow, mix a drop or two with your favorite foundation or moisturizer. To amp up the radiance, apply this anywhere on your face where the sun naturally hits.

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer ($38)
A staple of beauty editors everywhere, this golden balm imparts the right amount of luminescence on every skin tone. Formulated with ingredients like coconut oil and rosemary extract, it feels good on the skin and blends easily for the most natural-looking glow money can buy.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($62)
This palette features three finely-milled luminizing powders in varying shades, perfect for every skin tone. Meant to mimic the natural light of the sun right before it sets, or a candlelit room, the Hourglass palette creates a natural, lit-from-within glow that livens up any look. Brush some anywhere you’d use bronzer, and ready yourself for compliments.

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