Glass skin, dewy dumpling complexions and sky-high strobing: 2018 was certainly the year of the highlighter. Whether you prefer to live your makeup life as a maximalist or minimalist, highlighting has become a part of just about everyone’s makeup routine, and follows behind bronzer and blush as total-must have product. Ahead, we rounded up eight highlighters and their corresponding superlatives that totally redefined our glow in 2018, and we hope to bring these into the new year to help us look as fire as ever.
By far our favorite highlighter this year has to be Master Chrome by Maybelline. Not only does this powder suit every single skin tone and shade, it’s color payoff and shiny finish totally has our heads reeling every single time we use it. Whether you’re fair, medium or deep, Master Chrome has a complementary shade for you and we urge you to add it to your makeup bag STAT.
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These Liquid Boosters by NYX have proven to be one of the most fun highlighting products of the year. Complete with purply-pink and icey-blue hues, this product allows us to bring our inner personality to the outside with a colorful touch.
For a touch of highlight on the go, these highlighting fluids are way beyond their years. We love how compact their packaging is and how pigmented they prove to be (even with just a doe foot applicator). We can see ourselves using these for days on end after discovering them this year, and they seriously are perfect to apply when you’re in transit.
When it comes to mixing in some highlight with our foundation or face products, the Glow Creator Drops are always our go-to. Not only are they specifically designed to be mixed with another product (which is why they always make our highlight look fly), they also come in a myriad of shades that really complement every undertone.
The perfect buttery highlighter is one we’ve been searching for all year, which is why finding Baked Gelato Swirl by Laura Geller has been that much sweeter. This extremely pigmented highlight is as creamy as it sounds and will literally make your glow shine higher than the makeup gods above.
The best makeup products are always the ones that make you feel excited to use, and Jelly Beam is exactly that. Its payoff is incredible, and it has an amazingly goopy consistency that makes application a dream every time.
For the makeup minimalist out there, the highlighter of 2018 that dominated all things natural glow certainly has to be the Lumi Glotion. We love this product because you can apply it all over the face for a subtle glow with just a little concealer and you’re golden — it really is the perfect addition to any minimalist routine.
Last but not least is the palette that gives you glass skin in a flash. These icey shades complement a variety of skin tones and look beautiful dusted onto the tip of the nose and cheekbone. They’re so incredibly reflective, they’ll give you mirrored skin — perfect for ringing in the new year.