The Beauty Product You Should Never Leave Out of Your Routine

Updated 04/19/19

Highlighter makeup, and where to find the best, has been on our minds ever since Kim Kardashian West announced that she was done with contouring and was all about strobing and the "nontouring" trend (using a highlighter and no bronzer). Over the past year or so, we've also given up on the doing the contouring thing as much with our focus turning to making our skin look as dewy and glowing as possible (you know, like you've had a facial). The answer, other than ensuring you're looking after your skin as best as possible, is using a highlighter to add just the right amount of sheen to your skin. 

Which leads us nicely to our round-up of the best highlighter makeup on the market right now. From sticks that cost as little as £5 to the more expensive powders that give your complexion that enviable candlelit glow, as well as creams you can mix into your foundation for an all over pick-me-up, we've got an option for everyone. Keep scrolling to click through the best highlighter products, and don't worry, there's not a glitter particle in sight.

Best highlighter makeup: Barry M Strobe Cream
Barry M Strobe Cream $5
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We've banked this one in our highlighter hall of fame thanks to its easy application and subtle shimmer. The fact that it's under a fiver shouldn't go amiss either. Choose from Frosty Pink or Iced Bronze. 

Best highlighter makeup: Benefit Dandelion Shy Beam Liquid Highlighter
Benefit Dandelion Shy Beam Liquid Highlighter $22
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Benefit knows how to do highlighter makeup. From the classic High Beam (£22) to the newer Watt's Up (£26) stick, there are plenty to suit all skin tones. We've chosen Shy Beam for our round-up as it suits so many skin tones with its pinky hue and looks super pretty. 

Best highlighter makeup: Maybelline Master Strobing Stick Highlighter
Maybelline Master Strobing Stick Highlighter $7
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There's a reason why this affordable product has become a must-buy for every highlighter obsessive. It leaves a great shimmer, without glitter (hurrah!), and it is ideal for cheekbones and the inner corners of your eyes. 

Best highlighter makeup: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured $30
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If you're not keen on the sticks or gels, then try a powder highlighter instead. You'll need a decent brush (and make sure to tap it before you apply), but the overall effect will make your skin luminous, almost as if you've just put a soft filter over the top. 

Best highlighter makeup: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette $59
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The beauty about this trio is that you can really switch it up depending on what kind of highlighter colour you're after. From the more peachy hues to suit bronzed skin to the lighter, pinker shade for the colder months, you can use this kit all year round. 

Best highlighter makeup: Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder Highlighter in Modern Mercury
Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder Highlighter in Modern Mercury $48
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The collaboration between Victoria Beckham and Estée Lauder for the fashion designer's first makeup collection was undeniably successful. And one of the best items in it was definitely this gorgeous pinky-highlighter. 

Best highlighter makeup: Nars Illuminator in Copacabana
Nars Illuminator in Copacabana $23
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When you want an overall glow (rather than a subtle swipe or dusting), then look no further than this liquid illuminator. The product can be used underneath, mixed with foundation or simply by itself all over the face (ideal for Sundays or on holiday). The choice is yours. 

Best highlighter makeup: Perricone MD No Highlighter Highlighter
Perricone MD No Highlighter Highlighter $29
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If you baulk at the idea of putting shiny stuff on your face, however subtle, then this one by Perricone MD might be what you're looking for. There is absolutely no trace of anything sparkly, and it will make people ask just what you're doing to your skin to make it glow so naturally. 

Best highlighter makeup: Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight
Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight $35
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One for date night, this cult highlighter from Kevyn Aucoin is super soft and it lasts all day. What more could you want? 

Next up! These are the 15 best foundations ever. 

Opening Images: Imaxtree.

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