Yes, the strobing trend is still going strong (that is, applying an illuminator where light naturally hits your face—cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, your forehead, and tip of your chin). This liquid formula with micro-pearls makes it super easy. It comes in three shades—light, medium, and dark—and gives skin radiance in seconds.
Quick tip: If you’d rather an all-over glow than strategic shimmer, mix a small dollop in with your primer in the palm of your hand, and apply to your entire face. Wear it alone or top with foundation.
It’s strobing with an easy-to-wield stick: What’s not to love? This has the same micro-pearl formula as the liquid version, only in solid, stick-form. It adds dimension to your complexion instantly. Swipe it wherever you want a hit of radiance and blend well.
Quick tip: Not sure about placement? This trick makes it easy: Swipe a sideways “V” shape from your temple to cheekbone on each side of your face and blend with your fingertips.
If powder is your jam, then you’ll love this gilded pressed formula. The single-shade highlighter contains metallic pigments to give skin a cool, reflective quality wherever it’s applied that won’t look greasy even on oily skin.
Quick tip: Dip a small, fluffy blush brush into the powder compact and sweep it along the high points of your face.
Aptly named, this concealer/highlighter duo is the stuff dreams are made of. Swipe the areas that need to be highlighted with the tapered brush and blend in the liquid formula by patting it lightly with your fingertip or a cosmetic sponge.
Quick tip: Use it to brighten your eyes instantly by dabbing a bit of the concealer on the inner corner of your eyes.
Ok, technically it’s a concealer, but thanks to its illuminating formula, when applied to targeted areas, it doubles as a liquid highlighter. If you use it this way, go one shade lighter than your skin tone. Then swipe it on cheekbones, bridge of your nose, brow bones, and anywhere else you want to glow.
Quick tip: Use it to create the look of a more pillow-y pout. Dab the concealer around the outer edge of your lips and blend well with your fingertips.
It’s another double-duty product. This primer, which is meant to be worn alone or underneath your makeup, has an illuminating formula.
Quick tip: Layer it underneath your makeup for a lit-from-within quality. Or, apply it over your foundation on key areas
If you’re looking to take a subtler approach to the glowing goddess look, this skin-matching formula is the one for you. Available in three shades—Golden, Ice, and Rose—this liquid-based highlighter will accommodate any and all skin tones for a naturally radiant complexion.
Quick tip: For an extra-subtle glow, mix a little of this shimmery stuff with your regular foundation and apply as usual.
This stick delivers next-level sheen: holographic shine. What the heck is that? A ridiculously pretty pearly, iridescent glow. The sticks come in two shades: a blue pearl and a pink pearl.
Quick tip: Swipe it on skin straight from the tube. Then use your fingertip to tap it (and blend it) into the skin. You want the overall effect to say soft glisten, not Jem and the Holograms
You get to customize your radiance with this powder compact. Each one has four different tones in different finishes, ranging from matte to full-on shimmer. There are six different shades in all, so you can easily find one that works with your skin tone.
Quick tip: Wear one of the hues alone, or swirl them all together with your brush and dust on targeted areas of your face.
If your matte, pink blush needs a little shimmery kick, this compact illuminator will get the job done. It comes in five different shades—from pale champagne to gilded pink.
Quick tip: Try dusting a bit of this warm highlighter along the cheekbones, after you’ve applied your blush, to give your face a dewy finish, sans the dew.
If you’re determined to master strobing or contouring, you need an artful tool that will deliver a precise and pigmented highlight without all the fuss. Try a pencil highlighter that illuminates on contact. This one comes in three shades—a soft pink, pastel yellow, and peach. Don’t worry about building intensity—a little goes a long way with this crayon. All you have to do is swipe and blend.
Quick tip: Use the pencil to trace around your brows. Drawing light to this area makes your brow line look lifted and precise.