Strobing and contouring are the two major makeup techniques that have infiltrated our day-to-day lives. And when our technique doesn't work out quite right, there's always a filter to fix it (thanks, Instagram). And when you don't have a filter? Now, there's a group of highlighters that help your skin look soft-focus and glowing IRL. These highlighters are so sheer that they can be used over your entire face to give a soft, candlelit glow. And no, you won't end up looking oily—or like you poured glitter all over yourself.
Keep scrolling to see our favorite highlighting powders!
This palette has three universally flattering shades that diffuse and soften light—even a flash—to enhance your skin. Instead of settling into fine lines and imperfections, the powder refines your skin's appearance. The result? A soft, glowing-from-within complexion. We swirl a brush over all three and dust them all over our faces for a soft-focus effect.
Lightweight and sheer, this powder from Kevyn Aucoin illuminates skin while blurring imperfections. The smooth texture allows for easy blending and a more natural finish. This highlighter can be worn over foundation or swept right on bare skin.
Too Faced's dual-shade highlighter uses "Photolite" technology to diffuse harsh light, giving your skin a soft glow. The champagne-colored powder gives warmth while the rose color brightens and illuminates. The shades can be worn alone or mixed together to give dull skin a boost.
Luminescent pearls in Vincent Longo's powder make it (almost) too pretty to use. Suitable for all skin tones and infused with vitamin E, this silky powder hydrates skin and leaves a luminous finish.
Finding your perfect highlight has never been easier. With four shades to choose from, these highlighters from Lorac can go from sheer to high shine depending on your mood. Bonus? They're infused with anti-aging antioxidants and are paraben-free.
If you want the no-makeup makeup look, this powder is for you. The light coverage and subtle glow give skin natural, weightless coverage. Plus this drugstore gem is hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, non-comedogenic, and dermatologist approved.
This highlighter-contour palette allows for the perfect insta-ready glow. The bronzer gives subtle definition without looking orange (sweep it under your cheekbones to instantly carve out cheekbones), while the highlighter gives your skin the most ethereal glow.
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