Highlighter has officially cemented its place in the makeup hall of fame and is an essential part of any makeup routine. Everyone (yes, everyone) needs one in their beauty stash, whether you’re going for an out-of-this-world glow or a more subtle sheen. Right now we’re particularly smitten with rose gold highlighters and their warm bronze hue — so much so that we’ve rounded up the best in some of the best formulas in the game.
An influencer-favorite, Master Chrome is one of those highlighters you can’t believe is a drugstore buy. It gives skin a metallic yet luminous chrome finish and leaves skin looking shimmery not glittery. We promise it’s the best $10 you’ll ever spend.
This candle-lit rose gold shade applies like a powder but feels and looks like a cream, making it ideal for the babe who wants to rock highlighter and nothing else. We love this warm shade for medium to deep complexions — it’s perfect for warming up the skin and giving your makeup look a little something extra.
If you want your highlighter to enter the room before you do, this should be your go-to. It’s creamy, smooth and can be layered to build up the glow. We reach for this shade whenever we’re going for a wet-looking highlight — it’s great for no-makeup makeup looks and full beats alike.
While we love to place our highlight on the high points of our cheeks, there are days when we want to wear our highlight all over. That’s where the Lancôme Custom Highlighting Drops come in. Perfect for mixing into your face makeup and moisturizer, this is an easy way to get that all over luminous glow. Bonus tip: Want your highlighter to last all day? Layer the Dual Finish over the drops.
Liquid glow tends to play well with foundation formulas, and this one is no exception. We love Snatched, a rosey shade with blue and gold shifts. At $17 a bottle, it’s an affordable liquid glow choice and a staple in our makeup bags.
This product appears on many a holy-grail list, and trust us, it’s well deserved. The liquid formula makes it easy to apply, and the drop applicator gives you control over the glow. One drop on a wet beauty sponge will give you a lit-from-within look while two or more will definitely turn heads. At $42 a bottle, it’s a pricier highlighter but worth the price tag.
About the Author:Tembe Denton-Hurst hails from Brooklyn, NY, but if you ask her, the answer will be much more complicated. She's passionate about YouTube, storytelling and swatching everything she can get her hands on. When the assistant beauty editor isn't brainstorming crazy ideas for makeup.com, she's lurking on Reddit, spending time with her cats Stella and Dakota or asking obvious questions.