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Nothing calls for a bit of shimmer quite like summertime. Strobing is all the rage right now, so why not embrace the trend? Sparkling highlighters help to accentuate cheekbones, glittery eye shadow livens up an evening beauty look, glimmering body lotions help skin look softer, and a touch of glitter on one’s lips makes them appear fuller.
But how to embrace sparkle without looking like a ’90s pop star throwback? Don’t worry, we’ve got you—the current crop of shimmery beauty products is eminently grown up and sophisticated. Here are our 8 favorite shimmery products that will have you glowing like a beach goddess in no time.
1. BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured ($38, sephora.com)
This is one of the best highlighters you can buy. It comes in so many different colors that everyone will find a shade that works for them…and they’re all amazing. Poured is the perfect combination of the already famous liquid and powder Shimmering Skin Perfectors—available in five shades and housed in a handy compact, this creamy highlighter couldn’t be easier to apply and blend. You can even use the shade Rose Gold as a cream blush.
2. Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer ($22, pixibeauty.com)
Yes, this is a primer but we mostly love it for its shimmery glow. Just smooth it all over your face and wear it alone or under makeup to give your skin a subtle touch of radiance. You can even go back and dab some more on top of your makeup to give areas like your cheekbones some additional definition. Plus, it works really well as a primer, enabling your makeup to go on more smoothly and stay put all day.
3. NARS Illuminator ($30, sephora.com)
You can’t go wrong with this cult classic. It comes in four shades, including the crowd favorite Orgasm, and each one is sure to light up your face. Simply blend it on your face with your fingers for a quick and easy luminous glow.
4. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Shimmering Body Oil Spray ($40, ulta.com)
Not only does this body spray smell amazing, but it also delivers an all-over glow for your whole body. You don’t have to worry about revisiting your junior high faux-pas of body glitter with this product; the shimmer is subtle enough to be grown up, while still managing to make your skin look summer-ready.
5. Benefit Watt’s Up! Highlighter ($30, sephora.com)
This is an excellent highlighter for beginners since the packaging makes it so easy to use. Simply swipe the stick along your cheekbones to deposit shimmer and then use the included blender to gently diffuse it. You’ll get a beautiful peach-champagne glow in seconds.
6. NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator ($8, ulta.com)
If you’re looking for an affordable illuminator, this one has your back—or rather, your face. Simply smooth one of two shades over your skin for a sheer, slightly shimmering glow. Try the shade Gleam (pictured) for a slightly more bronzed look this summer.
7. Urban Decay Minor Sin Eye Shadow Primer Potion ($20, sephora.com)
There’s plenty of shimmery eye shadows out there for every budget, but no eye shadow is going to last and look good without a good primer. We love this reliable eyelid primer because the champagne shimmer finish looks great both on its own and under eye shadow.
8. Lipstick Queen Butterfly Ball Shimmer Treatment Lipstick ($24, ulta.com)
If you’re looking for a shimmery lipstick but you don’t want to revisit the glittery lip gloss trend of your youth, this lipstick is the grown-up version of that. You’ll love the hydrating treatment this lipstick provides, and the six gorgeous shades (‘Moment’ is pictured) provide just the right touch of shimmer to help your lips catch the light and appear fuller.
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