There are a lot of ways to wear highlighter, and there are a lot of highlighters to wear. But when it comes to achieving that reflective, glass-like highlight — a.k.a. the glass skin trend — only certain products will do.
Coined by L’Oréal Paris celebrity makeup artist Sir John, glass-skin highlighting is all about perfecting a mirror-like glow. “I tell my clients to follow a K-Beauty inspired skincare routine and remix it by adding in your favorite highlighting products to create the perfect, glassy look,” he says. Inspired by this reflective trend, we rounded up the best highlighters that can help you achieve the same effect in one simple swipe. Ready, set, glow.
Created with real photoluminescent technology, this highlighting palette by Hourglass is sure to change the game when it comes to your daily glow-up routine. It comes with three different shades, a neutral peach beige, an opalescent pearl and sun kissed golden shade, all of which will brighten up every skin tone and shade with the softest glassy hue.
For a glass highlight that really packs a punch, we recommend the new L’Oréal Infallible Crushed Foils Metallic Highlighter in Gilded Glow. This stuff is what pigmented highlighter dreams are made of and will literally add instant vibrant glow in one swipe or less.
A palette that will please the highlighting gods: The Col-lab new Fairy Nudes is excellent for illuminating your cheekbones, nose and cupid’s bow. We love that these shades can be used effortlessly, mixed together or separate, and make it easy for you to appear like a pro MUA.
One of our favorites of the bunch, the Pro 3 Color Warm Palette by Mehron will seriously change your highlighting game. The coolest feature about these highlighters is how multi-dimensional they are and how they all reflect various warm undertones — not just your typical solid champagne and silver.
This gilded highlighter gives pricier versions a run for their money. With the softest gold hue, the Maybelline Masterchrome in Molten Gold can easily be built up to blinding status, or you can tap it on delicately for a little luminosity.
Finally, our favorite glass-skin highlighter definitely is the Sin Afterglow palette by Urban Decay. PSA: Spotlight and Sin are great for mixing and matching, whether you prefer an icey, peachy or cool-toned glimmer that will be as reflective as the mirror you’re doing your makeup in.
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.