You know you’re obsessed with highlighter when you’re jealous of a horse — or a mouse — with a shiny, gilded coat of hair. “Damn, what highlight is she using?” you ask under your breath, only half-joking. Champagne Pop? Fenty Killawatt? Whatever it is, you want it, you need it, you’ve got to have it. And you’re not alone: According to Pinterest, searches around highlighter are up 50% from last year, and we don’t see the glow trend going anywhere.
The best way to get in on it? By going big — with a whole highlighter kit. Check out our favorites ahead.
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To get the longest-lasting glow in the crowd, you’re going to need to layer, layer, and then layer some more. Consider tapping a cream product onto the highest points of your face before sweeping on your favorite powder.
Benefit Cosmetics, $26, available at Nordstrom
If you’re looking for a season-long glow that convinces your coworkers you spent your vacation in Tulum — not your New York studio — opt for a kit like this. Filled with warm undertones, the powders, the creams, and gloss will deliver the kind of beachside skin you’re looking for.
Stila, $44, available at Sephora
Selena Gomez’s makeup artist Hung Vanngo swears by this coconut-based makeup set, which comes with setting spray, golden highlighter, gloss, and primer, for his summer beauty looks — so that endorsement is definitely good enough for us.
Marc Jacobs Beauty, $75, available at Sephora
This universally flattering gloss adds a bit of shimmer to your lips without overdoing it while the peachy highlight makes your collarbones pop in the sun. But all you need to know is that Rihanna uses it.
FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA, $23, available at Sephora
How you set your skin is nearly as important as what you put on underneath. Whether you’re looking for a matte finish on your T-zone (so those cheekbones really shine) or an allover highlight, this trio of setting powders will get you there.
Laura Mercier, $45, available at Nordstrom
If your goal is to glow like a Glossier model on Instagram, you should skip the finely-milled powder highlighters and opt for something a bit more natural, like these coconut-oil based creams. Instead of leaving blinding shine behind, this set creates a lit-from-within sheen that just makes you look like you’ve been binging on water and sleep.
RMS Beauty, $86, available at Nordstrom
Not for the weak of heart, these illuminating enhancer drops are like choose-your-own-adventure highlighters. Depending on your mood, pick any color for a unique highlight and customize your routine. Whether you mix one drop into your foundation or dab several straight onto your cheekbone, the finished result won’t be a disappointment.
Cover FX, $235, available at Revolve
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