Trying to find a highlighter that POPS OFF and is pigmented and you don't have to put on over 10 layers for it to finally come through can be a struggle. So we put together our top 5 highlighters from cheap to expensive all what they all offer.

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Words by Katie Worrall

Whether you’re a makeup artist or not, a highlighter is the key makeup product in everyone’s make up kit. Along the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, under the brow bone or on the cupids bow – highlighters are the perfect way to add glow to your complexion and enrich the structure of your face with just a little added shimmer. Whether you prefer to get your radiance through powder, cream or stick formulations, we have listed what we believe are the 10 best highlighters for the ultimate guide to a glowing complexion.



M.A.C Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish- Soft and Gentle


This highlighter has a soft and peachy bronze colour makes it suitable for many different types of skin tones. Therefore, can be worn by anybody. This highlighter is perfect for a natural look however, can be built up for a heavier glow.


Illamasqua Beyond Powder – OMG


This highlighter has been chosen as its colour is quite deep with a slightly warm undertone. The colour is also quite duo-chrome depending on the lighting as it can be between a light gold and a somewhat pink champagne. This highlighter can be layered for the effect wanted: it can either be very shimmery and subtle or a more intense “metallic” colour depending on how much is applied.


FENTY Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter - Trophy Wife


This highlighter is a strong, gold with intense warm yellow undertones. It has a sparkly, metallic finish. This highlighter is suitable for someone who wants a strong, metallic highlight with a loose glitter look.


Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette The Pink Sands


This palette includes one cream highlighter and three powder highlighters. This palette is perfect for lighter skin tones. This palette is ideal for layering, each highlighter can be used together or singularly to create the look intended. It is perfect for creating a subtle look to an over the top look. The cream highlighter is perfect for a subtle look however, it is hugely pigmented, and therefore the texture is thicker than the usual cream highlighter which means a bit more blending is needed to blend out the product. The powdered highlighters can be layered with the cream one to create a more metallic and out there look.


Jeffree Star Skin Frost- Sarcophagus


This highlighter is perfect as it is a very thick formula therefore not a lot of product gets wasted and you don’t need to use a lot for a full glam look, so it lasts a long time. This highlighter is perfect for anybody who likes a full coverage “glam” look as the pigment is so intense. The colour is a light gold shade which is perfect for cool to tanned skin tones.


Farsáli Jelly Beam


There is no highlighter like this. It applies like a jelly and sets like a powder. This makes it perfect as it can be used in multiple ways. One way is to mix it with your foundation for that perfect dewy and shiny look. This product is highly pigmented therefore you only need a tiny bit for a perfect highlight. It can be applied either by a brush or fingers depending on your preference. There are several colours in this highlighter which is perfect as it is fantastic for all skin tones.


Benefit Watt’S Up!


This is highlighter is perfect for a natural every day look. A small amount of this product goes a long way, however it is buildable for a more prominent glow. The formula of is smooth and consistent which makes it blend in extremely well in the skin. This highlighter is different from the others as it doesn’t have a metallic or shimmery look. This makes it perfect for strobing as it gives a delicate, natural glow. The colour of this highlighter is like a champagne colour which is perfect for pale to tanned skin.