Highlighters are the easiest way to get that radiant, fresh look. Here are 11 highlighter palettes that will give you the glowing skin you’ve always wanted.
11 Highlighter Palettes To Get Your Glow On
Ah, the highlighter… Where would our high points be without it? Nonexistent? Most likely. Whether you’re accentuating your cheekbones with it, sculpting the bridge of your nose, or emphasizing your pout with strategically-placed highlighter on your cupid’s bow, there’s nothing this magic product can’t do. It makes us look awake, vibrant, glowing, and refreshed.
The highlighter has sure come a long way since it’s Old Hollywood days and can now be purchased anywhere (even Target) in any formula — cream, powder, liquid, gel, you name it — for any skin tone. If that’s not universality, I don’t know what is.
Because of the flood of highlighters on the market, we tend to stick to highlighter palettes that seem to give us more bang for our buck. Highlighter palettes often feature both matte and shimmery options in a variety of colors that can be used to create a multitude of looks.
To guide you towards the (high)light, we’ve asked every Beauty Editor at Makeup Tutorials what their favorite highlighter palettes were and the results are…
This palette has three shades: Dim Light, a neutral peach-beige that’s perfect for warm and cool tones; Incandescent Light, an opalescent powder that gives a celestial glow; and, exclusively in this palette, Radiant Light, a sun-kissed golden-beige for that summer glow.
This palette is the perfect dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. It also comes in three shades: Breathe, Exhale, and Glow; all three shades are fairly pigmented and give a nice subtle luminescence to the skin. The best part about this highlighter is the sleek, black packaging it comes in.
If you’re struggling to find the perfect highlighter for your skin tone, go for this “universal” palette which comes in three shades: Champagne, Rose, and Bronze.
This palette has four beautiful illuminating shades that can be mixed and matched to create a custom highlight. This is a drugstore steal you won’t be able to live without.
If you’re a fan of cream-based highlighters, you’ll be overjoyed to know that this palette comes with 6 of them. The Pro Highlight Palette also comes with two baked highlighter powders.
You can never go wrong with Becca Cosmetics. In this palette you’ll find 3 pressed highlighters — Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone, Rose Gold, and Topaz — plus 2 mineral blushes in Wild Honey and Flower Child.
This palette comes with 2 highlighting powders — Radiance and Glimmer — that can be worn separately or together to create a soft illuminating effect that mirrors candlelight. It also comes with four shimmering eyeshadows.
tarte Cosmetics recently released this beautiful, vegan-friendly highlighter palette. The Skin Twinkle comes with two shimmery highlighters called Sunlight and Moonlight, and one setting powder.
Meet the Highlighter Palette Radiance’s sister: Highlighter Palette Highlight. Three baked highlighters — Peach Lights, Pink Lights, and Golden Lights — and one full-sized mirror come in this palette.
The shades that come in each palette are universal, but seasonal. Each highlight contains metallic powder pigments for intense luminosity. This palette has been popular ever since its launch, which was done in honor of the founder’s birthday.
And, of course, we saved the best for last! One of the most influential makeup artists in the world, Pat McGrath, strikes again! She’s back with a new creation that will give you the glow you’ve always wanted. Skin Fetish 003 is available in two shades: a golden and nude one that can be used separately or together. This highlighter will drop at Sephora on May 10.
What did you think, ladies? Are any of these highlighter palettes favorites of yours? Share your favorite highlighters with us in the comments below or via Facebook!
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