While I love looking luminous and radiant all year long, New York in bloom makes me in the mood to amp up my highlighter game. From a natural sheen to an all-out glam, here are the highlighters I swear by.
(left to right: Clinique, Lush, Cover FX, ColourPop, Jeffree Star Cosmetics, Kylie Cosmetics)
+ Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlighter, Clinique
For an everyday, natural glow, this chubby stick is by far my most-used highlighter year-round. Either straight from the stick or with my finger, I love placing this subtle rose/champagne-hued cream onto my cheekbones, the bridge of my nose, my temples, my cupid's bow, and the inner corners of my eyes for a hydrated and youthful look. This product is perfect for those 'no-makeup' makeup days, and can even act as a base for a more intense powdered highlighter.
+ Feeling Younger Skin Tint, Lush Cosmetics
As one of the more surprising products to make my list of go-to highlighters, Lush's Feeling Younger is a total gem. This cruelty-free cream is another naturally glowing fave that I love mixing in with my moisturizer or BB cream for an all-over radiance. Though it appears an opaque white in the jar, this cream blends out to be a lustrous, multi-dimensional shimmer - making it a hybrid of Clinique's chubby stick and MAC's original Pinklite Strobe Cream. What's more? My skin always feels a little extra hydrated, brightened, and pampered when mixed in with my skincare.
+ Celestial Custom Enhancer Drops, COVER FX
Of every highlighter I've tried, this one is by far my absolute tried and true, ride or die product. This silvery-rose hue will have your skin looking as if it is dripping in ice. The liquid can add an extra touch of luminosity when mixed in with your moisturizer or foundation, and can be layered seamlessly on top of a look for blindingly decadent glow (my swatch above hardly does Celestial justice). If you are obsessed with the dewy-skin look like me, this stuff is a total game changer.
+ Flexitarian Super Shock Cheek Pearlized Highlighter, ColourPop
Not only is ColourPop the most affordable brand on this list (this highlighter is only $8!), but it is one of the most pigmented, punchy, and glamorous highlighters I own. This gold-toned champagne is silky, creamy, and hardly loses it's glow-power no matter how much you blend away. I get the most pigmented color payoff when applied with my finger or a dense brush, while a fan brush gives a subtle, yet buildable shimmer. A little goes a long way - so start off slow, or else your cheekbones may be seen from space... and if those are the vibes you're after, look no further.
+ Princess Cut Skin Frost, Jeffree Star Cosmetics
Is any list of highlighters complete without mentioning Jeffree Star? This massive, hot-pink compact comes with the ideal mirror for glamming on-the-go, and the shade Princess Cut is simply to die for. This icy-pink gives me total Baby Spice vibes whenever I brush the powder on my cheeks, and depending on the density of the brush used, can give a buildable, subtle glisten, or a blinding, heavenly highlight. Though this shade may look a bit intimidating to some, it doesn't apply overly-pink (although the pigment is out of this world).
+ Cotton Candy Cream Kylighter, Kylie Cosmetics
After waiting patiently for Kylie's highly-anticipated 'Kylighters,' I must say - her brand has quickly become one of the brands I trust the most (check out my full collection and review post here). Cotton Candy Cream is the softest peachy-champagne that is perfect for topping off a sun-kissed look, and I love that she included a mirror in this sweet little powder compact. When the shade catches the light, a gorgeous rose-gold gleam emerges without visible flecks of glitter. I'm loving this buttery formula, and can't wait to use this color all summer long!
What highlighters are you loving this season?
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