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16 Highlighters That Will Make You Glow, Not Sparkle!

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I find it infinitely easier to highlight than contour my face, because the risk of ending up with a muddy-looking complexion is exceptionally high. In fact, if I remember right, the first few times I tried contouring my face my mum actually thought my face was bruised!

The year 2015 gave us a new term to obsess over — strobing — and I’m completely on board with the trend. Strobing (a fancier term for highlighting) as a makeup technique is going pretty strong and from the looks of it, highlighters are only gaining in popularity. How else can you explain every brand coming out with their own highlighting products that promise to turn you into a glowing goddess?

I think highlighters are a godsend when you’re running out of time (which is, like, always!), because their reflective properties distract the eye from your problem areas and you can even skip concealer. It also adds dimension to the face so you can forgo the bronzer. Highlighters are just the pick-me-up your face needs on rushed mornings. All you have to so is swipe some across the high points of your face and voila!

While considerably easier than contouring, highlighting is not fool-proof. The best places to highlight are the brow bone right under the arch, the inner corners of your eyes, the high points of your cheeks, the bridge of your nose (skip the tip), and the Cupid’s bow. Applying a tiny bit in the centre of the eyelids opens up your eyes in the most natural way. When used judiciously, highlighters can divert attention from dark circles, and actually give your face some lift.

However, along with knowing where to apply it, you must know which product will look best with your skin tone. And this is where I come in. Curated below are 16 bomb highlighters that promise to make you glow (and not sparkle like an over-enthusiastic teenager!)


Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer_Hauterfly

Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer (Rs 4,027)

Benefit Watt’s Up! Highlighter_Hauterfly

Benefit Watt’S Up! (Rs 3,490)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit – That Glow_Hauterfly

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit – That Glow (Rs 2,657 approx)

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator_Hauterfly

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator (Rs 855)

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette_Hauterfly

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette (Rs 7,525)

L'Oréal True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator – Rose_Hauterfly

L’Oréal True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator – Rose (Rs 1,195)

Clinique Up-Lighting Liquid Illuminator – Natural_Hauterfly

Clinique Up-Lighting Liquid Illuminator – Natural (Rs 4,330)

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighting Powder_Hauterfly

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighting Powder (Rs 2,451)

Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc - Golden Mosaic_Hauterfly

Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc – Golden Mosaic (Rs 4,338)

Chambor Light and Sheer Skin Highlighter in post_Hauterfly

Chambor Light & Sheer Skin Highlighter (Rs 1,345)

Inglot AMC Face and Body Illuminator_Hauterfly

Inglot AMC Face and Body Illuminator (Rs 1,600)

Chanel Eclat Lumiere Highlighting Face Pen

Chanel Éclat Lumiere Highlighting Face Pen (Rs 3,418)

Guerlain Meteorites Voyage Exceptional Compacted Pearls of Powder – Mythic_Hauterfly

Guerlain Meteorites Compacted Pearls of Powder – Mythic (Rs 4,027)

Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting_Hauterfly

Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting – Candlelight (Rs 3,935)

E.L.F. Baked Highlighter - Blush Gems_Hauterfly

E.L.F. Baked Highlighter – Blush Gems (Rs 1,602)

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer_Hauterfly

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer (Rs 510)


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