Makeup Artists Say This Is the Most Flattering Highlighter Ever

Updated 04/25/19

Highlighter will go down as the product of the mid-2010s. And honestly, considering its momentum, it may even join the ranks of red lipstick and black liner as a classic product. Suffice to say, the Instagram-level beaming highlight trend will surely lose traction, but accentuating the high points of the face and creating a healthy, dewy glow are universally flattering and unfaltering. 

But because highlighter is the reigning product du jour, the market is saturated with a ton of creams, sticks, and powders, making it difficult to know which version is best for your coloring. That's why we turned to celebrity makeup artists for the one highlighter they think looks good on everyone. Below, we've outlined their number one pick, as well as the runners-up. 

The #1 Pick

Highlighting Powder Sunrise Glow 0.28 oz/ 8 g
Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder in Pink Glow $48
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Drumroll: Makeup artists love this multicolored pink powder highlighter from neutral-makeup queen Bobbi Brown the most. Celebrity makeup artist Kira Nasrat says, "Really loving the Bobbi Brown Highlighter in Pink Glow—it looks gorgeous on most skin tones, and I love sweeping it across the eyes. I like to use it wet sometimes for a more intense finish." Adds Tina Turnbow, "I really love Bobbi Brown Pink Glow—it's a beautiful rose-gold shimmer that blends well with many skin tones."

The Honorable Mentions

Cream Color Base - Improper Copper
MAC Cream Color Base in Shell $24
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This creamy pink shimmer is the perfect sheer, dewy accent on top of makeup. Says Emma Day, "One of the best and most universal highlighters has actually been around for some time: MAC Cream Color in Shell. It's got a slight warmth to it but makes skin look wonderfully fresh and awake, and because it's a cream rather than a powder, it gives a more natural dewy look. You can also use it underneath powder on eye shadow, which it makes it blend like a dream and gives a lovely soft finish."

Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Powder 004 BRONZED GLOW 0.21 oz/ 5.95 g
Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Powder 001 $48
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This gilded powder has also been a longtime favorite of both makeup artists and real women alike. Says Sabrina Bedrani, "My all-time favorite highlighter is Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer 001. Because it’s such a fine powder, it goes on so easily without looking too powdery and is very easy to blend. And the warm hue is perfect for any skin tone—not too white nor silver, which can sometimes give a grey look. It's just a nice light peachy gold that suits anyone."

Fenty Match Stix $25
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Vincent Oquendo credits the entire Fenty Match Stix line as being a universally flattering highlighter product. "They have so many colors that work for every skin tone, and the texture of the highlighter blends seamlessly over any foundation. Also, they have such a wide range of colors [you] can be more adventurous with your color choice," he says.

Shimmering Skin Perfector® Poured Creme Highlighter Topaz 0.19 oz/ 5.5 g
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured Creme Highlighter in Champagne Pop $38
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A personal favorite of this editor's, this creamy highlight has sold out numerous times. "We have cool or warm undertones in our skin—Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop is a soft white gold with pink and peach undertones," says Kristine Cruz, senior makeup artist at Antonio Prieto Salon. "The pink and peach balance the pink and yellow undertones in the skin, warming up your complexion. This is why this particular highlighter palette and its formula are universal."

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