Get the Glow: Best Highlighters to Try

Warning: Blinding highlights ahead can be potentially hazardous to the naked eye
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In the world of beauty, we've seen the best and worst of Instagram beauty trends – spanning from the genius invention of eyebrow micro-blading for our sparse-browed sisters to gimmicky silicone sponges.

The highlight hype, however, seems to have endured the test of time and is showing no signs of abating. Whether you love your highlight subtle or popping, get ready to get your glow on with our top picks of the best highlighter kits in the market.

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlight in Champagne Pop

Borne out of a collaboration between BECCA cosmetics and beauty YouTuber, Jaclyn Hill, the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlight in Champagne Pop ($58) is cult classic – and for good reason. With multi-toned pigment pearls in a flattering champagne gold that seamlessly adjust to the skin’s natural undertones for a flawless finish, this treasure is undoubted the perfect go-to highlighter for any skin tone. 

Available at Sephora and online at

Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette

Inspired by the ancient science of alchemy, this versatile palette ($50) by Kat Von D consists of four transformative holographic shades formulated with 360° refractive pearls, dipped in a prismatic coating for an ethereal iridescent effect.

Less is more with this palette. Intensely pigmented, all four shades can double up as a shimmery eyeshadow or over your lipstick to give your lips that pop of illumination.

Available at Sephora and online at

Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter

Yearning for that sun-kissed glow? The Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter ($68) is your answer.

With a luminous gel-cream texture that instantly brightens the complexion, this golden-peach toned highlight is universally flattering on all skin tones and glides onto skin effortlessly – whether incorporated in your primer, foundation or applied alone. The best part? This highlight is hydrating as well, thanks to the infusion of coconut milk, coconut water, and provitamin B5 to nourish the skin. 

Available at Sephora and online at

Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Serum

Bring out your summer glow without suffering the repercussions of a sunburn with Diorskin Nude Air Luminiser Serum ($89).

With a high concentration of blurring agents and brightening pigments, the highlighting serum is enriched with an oxygen-laden plant oil to boost the skin's natural luminosity and create a satiny, iridescent finish.

Available at Sephora and all Dior Makeup counters. 

Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter

Fulfill your dreams of being a glorious unicorn with the Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter ($50).

Made using Tarte's signature Amazonian clay, this highlighter comprises of four silky-soft, highly-pigmented pastel shades compacted into one. Whether you choose to wear them individually or blended together into a glorious rainbow, the result will be nothing less than otherworldly. 

Available at Sephora and online at

TOO FACED Love Light Prismatic Highlighter in Ray Of Light

If you're into metallic, bold highlighters, the Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter ($45) gives you the best of both worlds – combining the best of powder, liquid, baked, and cream formulas. The highlight of this unique liquid-to-powder formula is its silky smooth texture that delivers a buildable pearl radiance (due to its luminosity boosting agent) for a seamless and flawless finish.

Available in three universal shades: Ray of Light (rose gold), You Light Up My Light (golde), and Blinded By The Light (silvery-white).

Available at Sephora and online at

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun-Dipped Glow Kit

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit ($57.70) has been the talk of the town amongst beauty YouTubers and Instagram makeup artistes ever since it's flashy debut in June last year. 

The reason for this highlighter quad's cult status? The devil's in the details. Inspired by the different phases of the sun's cycle, this kit is every glow queen's dream come true. Choose from four pigmented metallic shades Bronzed (amber with a penny metal finish), 
Tourmaline (warm taupe with a rose gold finish), 
Moonstone (radiant quartz with a pearl finish), and Summer (luminous sand with a white gold finish) – a stunning array of golden undertones to to suit a multitude of skin tones.

Available online at Beauty Bay and Anastasia Beverly Hills.

theBalm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizer

This roundup would be incomplete without the ultimate cult favourite, Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizer ($36.90): a versatile honey-hued powder that acts as a highlighter, shadow, and shimmer. Beloved by beauty bloggers and YouTubers alike, this versatile luminizer diffuses light to imbue your skin with a soft, luminous luminous glow.

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