The best highlighters that’ll give you a standout glow

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The fastest way to add instant radiance to your skin

Nearly all of the best highlighter products are most effective when used in the same spots to give skin a natural-looking sun-kissed radiance that you’d achieve if you actually ever saw any sun. Try adding a little highlighter along your cheekbones as the final step in any contouring you do (or skip the contouring and just highlight) and run a little product underneath your brows to enhance your arches.

Your best highlighter can also be used sparingly in other key points across the face to enhance shape and reflect light.– Try a touch in your cupid’s bow to enhance your pout and add a little around the hairline to give your skin a natural just-back-from-holiday glow. Along with the best primer and best foundation, it’s one of the essentials when it comes to creating a flawless base.

Pen highlighters are a really easy way to add precise highlights to your face. Yves Saint Laurent’s cult classic Touche Éclat can be used to highlight and conceal – hide dark circles under the eyes and highlight areas such as cheekbones, brows, forehead, nose and cupid’s bow. Tom Ford also make a gorgeous highlighter pen in the luxury category while L’’Oréal Paris have a great purse-friendly option. And for a bespoke highlighter recommendation to perfectly suit your skin, head over to our sister site Powder and they’ll match you up in less then one minute.

Stick highlighters are great if you want to create bold highlights in seconds, straight from the bullet. The cream formulas are great for blending and can be applied as the final step in any makeup regime to give a radiant glow. Burberry’s Face Fresh Glow Stick is a fine-point stick that adds a gently shimmering glow while Jane Iredale’’s Complete In Touch Highlighter’s super-sized stick adds bold sweeps of highlight across cheekbones.

Liquid highlighters are a good option for mixing with a foundation or primer to give an all-over glow. These are also great if you like a natural-looking dewy skin finish. We recommend best-seller Benefit High Beam or the slightly subtler Shy Beam in this category.

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