Fall’s darker hues and shorter days are no excuse for letting your complexion go dim, especially not when it is so easy to keep your skin lit with the help from this year’s most versatile beauty product-highlighter. Whether you’re on team strobing or team contouring, highlighter is a true essential for any makeup bag. A good highlight product has the power to do so much for your look. Even on days when you only have a few minutes to get ready, adding a highlight can make your skin look like it’s gleaming from within. Whether you choose a good cream or a puffy powder product, when applied correctly, highlighter can make your best features stand out and give your skin a flawless glow. We rummaged through our own collections to bring you some of our very fav cruelty-free highlighters sure to leave your skin glimmering no matter the season. Just because your new fall wardrobe reflects the chilly weather and limited sunlight doesn’t mean your face has to. Whether you are ballin’ on a budget or what to treat yo self, our round up has a little something for every budget to keep your skin glistening all year round. Stay lit with our top picks!
BECCA PRESSED SHIMMERING SKIN PERFECTOR | OPAL
You already know! Whether it is a quick run to the neighborhood coffee shop or a cocktail infused extravaganza, we don’t leave the house without it. A creamy, luminizing powder highlighter to light up the features you love with a high-shine finish. Shimmering Skin Perfector™ Pressed is enriched with ultrafine luminescent pearls that absorb, reflect, and refract light to amplify your natural radiance. Like a compact full of crushed gemstones, the multi-toned pigment pearls adjust to your skin’s natural undertones. They’re perfect for intense highlighting or layering to create a truly unique glow.
DEVITA ABSOLUTELY FINISHED POWDER
Be absolutely FINISHED with this light, triple milled finishing powder and infuse your skin with our age defying ingredients featuring ACTIValoe™, and Hyaluronic acid, along with nourishing, supportive Japanese Green Tea extract. Sets your look, controls oil and shine, and gives a healthy, luminous glow without any disco glitter! This face powder in Crushed Pearl is a great neutral highlighter for all skin tones. It controls oil and shine but still provides a great glow.
COVER FX CUSTOM ENHANCER DROPS | CELESTIAL
A bottle of ultra-concentrated illuminating and bronzing drops that allow you to customize your ideal glow with a liquid metal or sunkissed finish. Custom Enhancer Drops makes bringing adding a highlighting, strobing, or bronzing effect to any liquid cosmetic or skincare product easy. Add them to your favorite foundation, primer, serum, and moisturizer. formulated with a high concentration of pearls that produce a lit-from-within glow without appearing too glittery or overdone. The more drops you use, the more luminosity you’ll get.
PACIFIC RADIANT SHIMMER COCONUT MULTIPLES
This portable case comes with three cream products that are perfect as a highlighter, blush, and bronzer. In three Shimmering Shades: Bronzed- Perfectly glowing sun-kissed color with golden shimmer shadow, Island Rose- Shimmering, radiant dewy pink shadow, Moonlit- Iridescent pale shades of moon-kissed shimmer. Of course, all three could also easily be used as highlighting products.
COLOURPOP SUPER SHOCK CHEEK | LUNCH MONEY
This long-wearing crème powder cheek formula is the BFF of the infamous Super Shock Shadow; it shares the shadows unique buoyant texture and feels super silky. Cheeks will look healthy and flawless! Soft light gold with a reflective golden duo chrome finish – lunch $$ well spent.
MILK HOLOGRAPHIC STICK
A stellar stick that takes glow to galactic levels. Swipe anywhere for an iridescent, hyper-lavender sheen that amps up all skin tones. Loaded with meteorite powder and twilight pearls, this futuristic product isn’t just pearlescent, it's prismatic. Infused with mango butter, peach nectar and avocado oil for deep hydration. Formulated with Milk Melt Technology to glide smoothly onto skin and absorb instantly. Sweep onto cheekbones, eyes, lips or anywhere for instant glow.
E.L.F STUDIO BAKED HIGHLIGHTER
This powder highlight packs some serious shimmer and pigment. It comes in three shades, so there is one to suite everyone’s tastes. Create a radiant glow with this illuminating powder that highlights the skin with a sheer wash of shimmering color. Infused with Vitamin E, Jojoba, Sunflower, Apricot and Grape to nourish and hydrate the skin. The long-lasting baked shimmering color can be applied wet for a vibrant effect or dry for sheer pigmentation. With this product, a little goes a very long way. It blends smoothly whether applied with a brush or fingers.
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Words written by Mallory Maupin