Try These Top-Rated Highlighters For a Blinding Summer Glow

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* Summertime is the ideal time for glowy skin
* Products for a subtle sheen or a glow you can see from space
* Powder, liquid, and gel formulas 

Glowing skin is always in style, but highlighters have never been more coveted. Summer is a great time of year to experiment with your makeup, especially if you’re looking for a healthy (or blinding) glow. We’ve rounded up some of the most top-rated and best-selling highlighters around that are guaranteed to make your cheekbones pop.

1. Maybelline Metallic Highlighter

This highly rated and coveted powder highlight is said to be comparable (maybe even better) to some of the more luxury brand highlighters on the market. This highlighter features reflective pigments for a metallic sheen with a chrome effect, leaving you with an intense reflective glow.

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2. L’Oreal Lumi Glotion

If you prefer a more subtle glow, than L’Oreal’s Lumi Glotion is another great drugstore gem.  Glotion will give you a fresh-looking, natural illumination that looks like you’re lit from within. This highlighter is a lotion formula, allowing you to easily target specific areas on the face that you want to accent or you can apply all over the face like a moisturizer for a subtle all-over glow.

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3. Glossier Haloscope

Glossier’s Haloscope is a  dual-delivery highlighter stick – the outer halo is infused with genuine crystal extracts with a solid inner core of vitamin-rich moisturizers to give you that hydrated, dewy finish. Use this highlighter anytime you want that glowy sheen that is never glittery or garish.

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4. The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

The Balm’s Mary-Lou Manizer is a highlighter, shadow and shimmer all-in-one compact. This highlighter is the perfect honey-hued shade that will work great on almost every skin tone. Mary-Lou Manizer can be used as a subtle glow or layered to give you a pop that will catch everyone’s eye.

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5. AmazingCosmetics Primer & Highlighter

This two-in-one Illuminating Primer and Highlighter by AmazingCosmmetics is a lightweight, water-based formula that helps cover dark spots and conceal flaws, while giving you a subtle glow. Use this product as a highlighter as you brighten on top of the cheek bones, cupid’s bow, and nose or wear it under foundation as a base to lock in the color while giving your foundation a pop of sheen.

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6. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector

The award-winning highlighting powder is not just a highlighter but as the name states, is indeed a skin perfector. Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector is a one-of-a-kind-formula with a buttery texture that melts into skin and adjusts to your skin’s undertones to amplify your glow. What sets this formula apart is unlike traditional pressed powder hihglights, is that this unique formula blends pigments with liquids creating a creamy feel that applies seamlessly and never cakes.

Shimmering Skin Protector Becca Image Courtesy Sephora


7. Farsali Jelly Beam

Farsali’s Jelly Beam Highlighter is unique and innovative highlighter that has a bouncy gel texture and is loaded with pigment, giving it a high-shine effect without looking glittery. The jelly texture allows it to glide easily onto the skin, giving it a wet, cooling feel. Once applied, this concentrated highlighter quickly dries down to a powdery finish. Apply before foundation for a subtle glow, use it as an eyeshadow, or pop on top of your makeup to highlight your cheek bones, nose, and cupid’s bow.

Jelly Beam Highlighter Farsali Image Courtesy Sephora