When it comes to makeup, gone are the days of flat, non-dimensional looking trends. The 2010’s are the years of highly contoured and highlighted looks. Here, we have the most charming illuminators and highlighters in the market today. Whether you’re new to highlighting or a major illuminating pro, this list covers some of the best makeup creations to bring out your natural glow.
1. Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Color
Want a natural, West Coast kind of glow? Try Smashbox’s lip and cheek color that’s inspired by the light from Los Angeles’ “magic hour.” This amazing multipurpose stick is best for on the go touch-ups because it comes in different subtle sheen and vibrant shades. It features a lightweight, brightening formula that illuminates your skin for a perfect, head-turning glow. Try this at Sephora for $29.
2. Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up! Highlighter
Show them “watt’s up” with this amazing highlighter from one of our favorite cosmetic brands ever, Benefit! This highlighter lets you have an illuminated look with its champagne-colored sheer cream-to-powder formula. What’s great about this is that it comes with a soft-gow blender on the opposite end of the stick to easily blend in the product on your face. Available at Ulta for $30.
3. Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick
We love that this Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick sounds like a rap verse in a Rihanna song! Fenty Beauty is one of our favorite new cosmetic brands and for good reason. This magnetized makeup stick is long-wear and light-as-air, which is perfect for day to night use. It’s also multipurpose, saving money, effort, and space in our makeup bags. This single product highlights, blushes, and enhances with its 10 universal color that capture and reflect light on your face. You’ll also love how it has a magnetic physical attraction so all your Skinsticks click to each other. Get this at Sephora for $25.
4. Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter
Transform yourself into the goddess of love herself with this heart-shaped highlighter with a unique Prisma Shine patented technology. This highlighter features a silky-smooth texture thanks to its combination of powder, liquid, baked and cream formulas that provide one-of-a-kind radiance and glow. It has a pearl radiant finish that provides a consistently luminous look on your skin. Try this today at Nordstrom for $30.
5. Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder
Amp up the drama with this high-impact, light-reflective powder that is best used for strobing. It gives skin shimmering pink highlights thanks to its clear base and highly reflective pearl pigments. Just lightly dust cheekbones, decolletage, or any parts that you’d like to highlight for a unique, light-reflecting glow. Available at Nordstrom for $48.
6. MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream
Cosmopolitan reports that this MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream has cult following because of its high quality and dependability. It’s the brand used by most models and makeup artists, so you’re sure of its quality and effectivity. It gives off a sheen that doesn’t make skin appear or feel oily with a beautiful soft glow that isn’t overpowering. The best part? It’s packed with nutritious vitamins and green tea to nourish and smoothen the skin. No wonder those models look like they always got their eight hours of sleep despite partying all night! Available at Nordstrom for $34.
7. Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter
Become your own type of heavenly body with this magnificent Heaven’s Hue Highlighter from Stila. Garnering an amazing 10/10 score from Cosmopolitan, this radiance-enhancing highlighter provides a unique texture and a barely-there feel. It offers sevel glamorous shades: Kitten, Incandescence, Bronze, Luminescence, Brilliance, Transcendence, and Magnificence. It’s also designed without any parabens, sulfates, and pthalates, so you’re sure about product safety. According to Cosmopolitan, this product is best used on the cheekbones for a “wet, glossy look.” This blogger favorite is available at Sephora for $32.
8. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer
We absolutely adore products that do double duty. This Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer packs a punch with 100% pure argan oil for nourishment, Madonna Lily and Poet’s Narcissus, for brightening, and Grapeseed Oil for antioxidation. This creamy, versatile liquid illuminator features a champagne radiance for a subtle, all over glow that looks like it’s coming from within. Get this at Sephora for $26.
9. Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder
This illuminator exudes elegance from its packaging alone. But the brilliance of this illuminator goes beyond what you see because it has a unique formula for all skin tones and a non-dustring texture for great color payoff. It has pure light-reflecting pigments for a multidimensional, luminous finish that lasts up to eight hours. It’s also packed with Glycerin, a humectant, and Red Algae Extract for skin conditioning. Available at Sephora for $44.
10. RMS Beauty Living Luminizer
Pop out the champagne with this lightly colored luminizer that provides a translucent, dewy finish. It features a sheer, pearlescent light without the shocking glitter or grease. Acting as a double agent, this luminizer also contains coconut oil and rosemary extract to keep skin hydrated. The best part? This product is guaranteed organic, gluten-free, and cruelty-free. It’s also designed for all skin tones for that perfectly illuminated look. Available at Sephora for $38.
For a flawless, illuminated look, go for a highlighter that provides the right color of glow without the stickiness or heaviness of other makeup powders. Make sure to test for skin compatibility as well. Most products today are created with better, more natural ingredients, but it’s best to find one that’s compatible with your skin type.
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