There are a million reasons to love makeup in a stick. Not only are they super easy to throw into your purse for the day, they just make applying makeup that much easier. The latest stick makeup obsession is, of course, highlighters. When these glowing, shimmering powders (or creams) of goodness are adapted to a stick form, a beautiful thing is born *cue singing angels* — the highlighter stick.


Ahead, find our five favorites — you’ll never go back to highlighting with a powder again.


Maybelline Master Strobing Stick

If you’re looking for a denser highlight, the Maybelline Master Strobing Stick is the choice for you. It comes in two stunning shades: a pinky iridescent sparkle and a softer, more neutral nude glow. Depending on the look you’re going for, you can swipe these on separately or mix them together for an even more luminous highlight.

L’Oréal Galaxy Lumiere Highlighter Stick

If you’re unafraid of bold colors when it comes to your highlight, the L’Oréal Galaxy Highlighter Stick will be the rainbow highlight of your dreams. This stick comes in three shades: Astro Blue, Cosmic Pink and Galaxy Gold — and one swipe of any of them is the stuff that highlighting dreams are made of.

Urban Decay Disco Stick

Another wonderfully bold choice, Urban Decay’s new Disco Stick is our holographic favorite of the bunch. Its payoff is purpley-blue, and it contains glitter and color-changing qualities that will give you the most ethereal glow.

NYX Professional Makeup Dose of Dew

If you’re more of a minimalist, the NYX Dose of Dew is hands down the best highlight for a subtle dewy sheen. Traditionally noted as a “face gloss,” this stick is super balmy and pearly, and will add just the right amount of silky glow to your cheekbone.


Milk Highlighter in LIT

Milk’s LIT is the perfect champagney pearl that compliments every single skin tone. The formula of this baby is super creamy but still lightweight enough to add a subtle but definitive glow.




Photo Credit: Chaunté Vaughn




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About the Author:Alanna Martine Kilkeary is a native New Yorker and an assistant beauty editor at Makeup.com. She has had the opportunity to grace the digital pages of Harper's BAZAAR, Rolling Stone and Teen Vogue with her words and skills. She runs a literary infused fashion blog in her free time, her heart belongs to William Shakespeare, and most importantly, she believes that Wes Anderson should serve as art director for the entire universe.

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