Top 10 Highlighters On the Market in 2020

Glow Up

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Highlighter comes in every tone and texture, for a muted glow over cheekbones and eyes, or an all-over glitz perfect for highlighting the perfect neckline of your favorite little black dress. Available in powders, creams, or concealer hybrids, you’ll find a way to add the glow of young, healthy skin, and mitigate the less glamorous everyday realities of eye bags, dark spots, or dull complexion.

  • Cruelty free product, no animal testing
  • Perfect for holiday parties and evenings out
  • Not reccomended for contouring/concealing

A great choice for an all-over highlighter, Diamond Bomb adds a bright sparkle to the face, shoulders, and décolletage. A more polished and refined way to get your glitter fix, Diamond Bomb melts into skin without the usual grit that accompanies anything with a sparkle, and like all Fenty products, is designed to complement every skin tone fabulously.

  • Heavenly texture
  • Many hard-to-find-shades available
  • Easy to overdo it

BECCA has a highlighter for many skin tones and every season. Whether you’re into faint neutrals, glowing jewel, or pearlescent shine, this pressed highlighter goes on like a glowing blush over the cheeks and nasal bridge for a healthy flush any time.

  • Just right for beginners
  • The right size for touch-ups on the go
  • Less glittery than other brands

Great for experimenting, this variety palette has both powders and creams, so it’s perfect for beginners. Comes with a mix of shades for color correction, contouring, and highlighting. Use light layers for a natural look, or build your way to airbrushed perfection

  • Highlights without concealing, so it’s your skin but better
  • Hyaluronic acid plumps skin and lips
  • Great for crows’ feet and laugh lines
  • Won’t cake

Glow up without glitter or shimmer with with YSL’s Radiance pen. With vitamin E and Hyaluronic acid, it actually improves the underlying skin while giving it healthier radiance; you aren’t covering up problem areas, you’re actually addressing the problem directly. Bring your inner glow to the surface.

  • A little goes a long way
  • Can go over eye shadow or lips as well cheek bones
  • Paraben, Sulfate, and Phthalate free
  • Never tested on animals

Kat Von D’s contribution to the highlighter market is a standout selection. It features four holographic shades, intended to layer over eye shadow and lipstick. The formula is the first of its kind, with refractive pearls that work overtime to catch the light. This works wonderfully as a highlighter, just brush across your skin and enjoy the glow.

  • Antioxidant infused
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Contains Talc
  • Glitter Free

Tarte’s antioxidant rich Rainforest line broadens the overlap between skincare and makeup, now with an algae infused highlighter palette. The set includes white gold, champagne, rose gold, and pearl highlighters.

Reviewer Feedback
“Super pigmented, the color pay off is so beautiful. It has a light vanilla scent, not overwhelming, but enough to notice and appreciate it. It can be chalky, but using a setting spray helps blend it to a more seamless finish.”

  • All BECCA products are cruelty-free
  • Range of colors makes it suitable for all skin tones
  • Helps achieve a healthy, natural-looking glow

This liquid highlighter mixes easily into liquid or cream foundations, for a subtle, all-over glow, or stands out on its own as a top layer to conceal dull or tired skin. Can also be mixed into moisturizer or primer for a natural looking dewy glow over the entire face. Comes in a wide assortment of natural skin tone shades, as well as a pearl white untinted version. Reviewers appreciate the healthy glow it provides, without looking too shiny.

Reviewer Feedback
“Of all the liquid highlights I’ve tried, this one in the shade moonstone is by far my favourite. I either use it on its own for a really natural, glowy look or use it as a base for the pressed powder highlight in the same shade. I love how shimmery it is without being overpowering.”

  • Bronze or highlight
  • Brightens without glitter
  • Smooth powder texture

Get a golden hour glow, any time of day. Hourglass’s Ambient Lighting highlighters give a movie star gloss without any distracting or overwhelming colors. Like walking under warm tinted lights, you’ll have photo perfect skin anytime.

Reviewer Feedback
“I bought mood light and it’s absolutely gorgeous. It’s very flattering. It basically makes you look like you have very flattering pink light reflecting on your face. I got so many compliments.”

  • Travel sized
  • Comes with liquid and powder
  • Choose between a subtle or intense shine

A travel sized version of BECCA’s liquid highlighter and shimmering pressed highlighter, it’s a great way to try new products or carry your favorites with you anywhere. Layer together or use on their own, the liquid highlighter has a pearl finish, perfect for a dewy glow, while the pressed powder is an intense shine.

  • Highly reviewed
  • Comes with blending sponge

Get a professional makeup artist’s look with this highlighter wand. Blends cleanly and easily into foundation, with a rose gold tint that glows like you’re under the lighting on a movie set. Reviewers rave over the products, how it surpasses the competition, but commonly suggest a container upgrade for ease of use.

Reviewer Feedback
“My obsession with highlighters is insane but since purchasing this one all my other highlighters have been just collecting dust. My only con would have to be the packaging but I can get past it since the product is stunning inside.”

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