2018 Best of Beauty: Best Highlighter Makeup


Best Makeup Highlighters 2018

Best Makeup Highlighters 2018
Best Makeup Highlighters 2018

Makeup highlighters attract light and create the illusion of brightness, giving you a dreamy glow. There are creams, powders, liquids and drops. Which one should you choose?

Here are the best highlighters of 2018 according to Instyle, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, and Allure magazine experts (in alphabetical order):

Ciaté London Dewy Stix

Ciate London Dewy Stix
Ciate London Dewy Stix

Award: Allure Best Cream Highlighter

Allure‘s choice for best cream highlighter is Ciate London Dewy Stix. This highlighting stick creates the ultimate dewy skin complexion, with minimal shimmer. This gel-like non-tacky formulation leaves behind a beautiful skin finish that demands attention.

Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter

Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter
Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter

Award: Glamour Best Designer Highlighter

Glamour‘s winner for best designer highlighter is Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter. Weightless, longwear cream-powder hybrid highlighters that range from subtle dayglow to insanely supercharged in solos and expertly paired duos. Light up where you want, when you want. This cream-powder hybrid instantly melts into skin and blends with almost zero effort. It’s also loaded with superfine shimmer for an ultra-smooth, creamy texture.

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting
Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting

Award: Instyle Best Powder Highlighter

Instyle‘s award-winner for best powder highlighter is Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Highlighter. This highlighting powder is formulated in a sheer base with concentrated ultra-fine micro pearl particles to give off a naturally luminescent highlight to the skin without a heavy metallic finish. It diffuses and softens surrounding light to refine the appearance of the skin. Can be used wet or dry for varying levels of intensity, taking you from day to night – from an everyday, wearable strobe highlight to a dramatic evening strobe highlight.



Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Highlighter

Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Highlighter
Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Highlighter

Award: Glamour Best Highlighter

Glamour‘s award-winning best highlighter is Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Highlighter. This highlighter is a highly pigmented, three-in-one highlighter palette for a radiant, multi-dimensional strobe effect that lasts all day. The Neo Highlighter includes the three bestselling Kevyn Aucoin highlighters: Candlelight, Starlight, and Sunlight, blending a soft champagne, gilded rose, and sheer golden powder. It warms and illuminates your skin, allowing for a soft highlight that can be taken from day to night. Just apply it to the cheeks, browbones, and décolleté for the perfect glow. 

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Custom Highlighting Drops

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Custom Highlighting Drops
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Custom Highlighting Drops

Award: Good Housekeeping Best Highlighter

Good Housekeeping‘s award winner for best highlighter is Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Custom Highlighting Drops. This is a lightweight, highly pigmented liquid highlighter that easily blends with foundation. The buildable droplets are enhanced with light reflecting pearls to leave an intense shimmer on the skin. Mix into your foundation for an allover dewy glow or apply on top of your foundation to highlight or bronze. You can also use the fluid drop as a shimmery eyeshadow, an illumination blush or a bronzer.

L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops

L’Ore?al Paris True Match Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops
L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops

Award: Allure Best Liquid Highlighter

Allure’s award winner for best liquid highlighter is L’Oréal Paris True Match® LUMI Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops. These revolutionary drops of highlighting pigment instantly illuminate skin for a dewy glow look. Apply the highlight drops alone or add a drop into your favorite skincare, foundation and makeup products to customize your glow complexion. The ultra-lightweight formula has a thin non-greasy texture that blends seamlessly into skin to build luminosity. Infused with Shea Butter, these glow drops go on smooth provide and rich-hydration. 

Maybelline New York FaceStudio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter

Maybelline New York FaceStudio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter
Maybelline New York FaceStudio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter

Award: Allure Best Powder Highlighter

Allure‘s award-winner for best powder highlighter is Maybelline New York Facestudio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter. Meet the secret to brilliant and luminous skin. This makeup highlighter effortlessly envelopes the skin in a molten metal sheen and drenches skin in a melted metallic finish. Maybelline’s pearl pigments leave a reflective finish for a brilliant glowing skin.

Milani Hypnotic Lights Powder Highlighter

Milani Hypnotic Lights Powder Highlighter
Milani Hypnotic Lights Powder Highlighter

Award: Allure Best Holographic Highlighter

Allure‘s choice for best holographic highlighter is Milani Hypnotic Lights Powder Highlighter. The goddess in you deserves an otherworldly glow. Globally appealing on a broad range of skin tones, this silky-smooth, prismatic laced holographic powder is designed with light reflecting pearls that cast an endlessly subtle, iridescent glow.

Nyx Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

Nyx Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter
Nyx Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

Award: Glamour Best Drugstore Liquid Highlighter

Glamour‘s award-winner for best drugstore liquid highlighter is NYX Away We Glow NYX iquid highlighter. This light-reflecting formula comes in wonderfully creamy yet lightweight shades. Give ’em a glow for irresistible illumination plus a shimmery finish. From soft to intense, the lighting you love most is totally buildable. Just dab and blend to add luminosity to any look.

RMS Beauty Champagne Rosé Luminizer

RMS Beauty Champagne Rose? Luminizer
RMS Beauty Champagne Rose Luminizer

Award: Glamour Best Natural Highlighter

Glamour‘s choice for best natural highlighter is RMS Beauty Champagne Rose Luminizer. This blushed-pink champagne luminizer gives skin a seductive, dewy opalescence. This is an Avant-garde mystical highlight with just the right luminosity and slight rose iridescence that will tantalize the face.

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer
RMS Beauty Living Luminizer

Award: Instyle Best Highlighter

Instyle‘s choice for best highlighter is RMS Beauty Living Luminizer. This formula is the ultimate illuminator for creating a sensuous, ultra sheer, luminous glow with a translucent, satin-pearl finish. Best of all, the living luminizer enhances the skin’s natural youthfulness without being sticky, greasy or glittery. This highlighter works great on all skin tones, making this a must have beauty product.

Wet n Wild Mega Glo Highlighting Powder

Wet n Wild Mega Glo Highlighting Powder
Wet n Wild Mega Glo Highlighting Powder

Award: Glamour Best Drugstore Powder Highlighter

Glamour‘s award-winner for best drugstore powder highlighter is Wet n Wild Mega Glo Highlighting Powder. Infused with ultra-reflective and micro-fine pearl pigments, this baked powder is everything you need to shine radiantly from the inside out. The creamy formula is infused with nylon for a silky-smooth texture that allows for seamless blending.

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