best highlighter

The best highlighter for your glowiest skin ever

The fastest way to get an added radiance boost

First came contouring, then came the best highlighter in every shade, finish and intensity imaginable.

With so many on the beauty market, it can be overwhelming to know which is the best highlighter for you to stock up on.

Read on as the Marie Claire beauty team chart the latest and greatest formulas, from liquids to powders and everything in between.

Best drugstore highlighter

NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder, £9, Boots

best highlighter NYX Duo Chromatic Highlighting Powder

NYX makes some of the best highlighters you’ll get your hands on for under a tenner, available in rosy blush and bronze finishes. Don’t be put off by the blue shade – it adds a bright, silvery, ethereal glow that’s out of this world. Collect them all!

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Best highlighter palettes

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, £59, Space NK

best highlighter Hourglass Ambient Lighting


When it comes to the best highlighter palettes, Hourglass users are rarely (read: never) disappointed. Their Amibent Lighting Palette gives skin a gleam in different blushing shades and makes it instantly look five times healthier, whatever the weather. Dust all over for a radiant glow or apply to cheekbones to make your whole face pop.

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Best liquid highlighter

Iconic London Illuminator Drops, £33, House of Fraser

best highlighter Iconic London

Iconic’s highlighting drops are, well, pretty iconic in the beauty community. Liquid highlighter is great because it’s so versatile: for a seriously extra chrome glow, apply these drops straight onto skin; or mix a drop with your best foundation or moisturiser for an overall healthy finish to your skin.

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Best highlighter for fair skin

BURBERRY Fresh Glow Stick in Nude Radiance, £25, Fabled

best highlighter Burberry

Developed with the help of legendary make-up artist Wendy Rowe, you can see why this is the perfect stick for highlighting dozens of models backstage at fashion week; it’s super-quick and easy to use and creates a natural-looking radiance in seconds. The colour finish is a creamy, butter like shade, making it perfect for fairer skin tones.

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Best highlighter for dark skin

Glossier Haloscope, £18,

best highlighters Glossier

Instagrammble brand Glossier, brought to you by blogger extraordinaire Emily Weiss, has completely taken off since its UK launch. Their Haloscope stick highlighters contain a sheen, crystal-enriched highlighting formula as well as a solid balm core to up your skin’s sheen. Plus, the stick formula makes them handbag-friendly for on the go glow ups.

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Shop our edit of more of the best highlighter shades below.

Now go forth and shine bright.

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