5 Highlighting Palettes In Case You’re Totally Over Contouring

Victoria Moorhouse

Maybe you’ve decided the contouring craze just isn’t for you—and believe us, that’s more than OK. But highlighting? But if you’re on the highlighting kick, and you’re looking for the perfect product that will bring attention to your facial features. If that scenario rings true, you’re in luck. Highlighting palettes are actually a thing, and they’re meant to be used for that very purpose.

So if contour YouTube videos just aren’t doing it for you anymore, consider checking out a few of the products below.

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Photo: Anastasia Beverly Hills

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Palette in Gleam ($40, anastasiabeverlyhills.com)

The secret to luminous, radiant skin? Apparently it’s in this palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills, a brand iconic in the beauty world for quality, high-performing brow products. This quad includes four different highlighting shades that can be layered or worn solo, depending the look and level of glow you want. Anything angelic works for us.

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Photo: Hourglass Cosmetics

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit ($80, nordstrom.com)

So you can contour with this kit if you really, really wanted to, but we’re more excited about the blush and strobing options. If you’re unfamiliar, strobing is just a fancy word for highlighting, and Hourglass went hard into the trend when they launched their Strobe Lighting Powder included in this compact. This product claims to use micro pearl particles to give luminosity to your skin. Sounds fancy, and we’re up for it.

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Photo: Laura Mercier

Laura Mercier Candleglow Luminizing Palettes ($58, sephora.com)

Glitter and radiance happen to be two of our favorite adjectives. Or at least that’s how we want strangers to describe our skin. This palette from Laura Mercier contains two different shades of highlighting powders and four different shimmery eyeshadow hues to boot.

bobbi brown highlights

Photo: Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick ($46, sephora.com)

Don’t let the size of this product fool you. This compact actually includes five different hues of powder that you can blend together for a custom highlighted look. To apply in the most flattering way, the brand recommends vertically sweeping your brush through all of the hues and applying it to the very tops of your cheekbones.

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Photo: BECCA

BECCA Afterglow Palette ($40, ulta.com)

Keep your favorite blush and highlighter shades in one easy-to-find place with this palette, which features three different mineral-based shades you can use to create a lit-from-within look.

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