Who needs a professional lighting crew when you have a good highlighter? Strobing puts your best features forward, adding a fresh-faced glow to cheekbones, brows, and any feature you wish toâ€¦well, highlight!
Now that youâ€™re ready to glow, youâ€™re gonna need the perfect highlighter. â€¦but, what exactly is the difference between cream, liquid, and powder, which formula should you choose? Below, our breakdown: a few of our faves, and how to find out what highlighter is right for you!
Works best with: Normal to dry skin
Great for: Â Achieving a natural, dewy finish. Liquid highlighter is incredibly versatile, too, and can even be mixed with your foundation for a gorgeous, all-over glow.
We recommend: BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector
This cult-favorite highlighter is like soft focus lighting in a bottle. The liquid formula contains ultra-fine, light-reflecting pearls that create an unbelievably natural-looking glow. Dab along the high points of the face for a subtle highlight, or apply all over as a luminizing primer. You can even mix a few pumps with your favorite body lotion for a full-body glow.
Works best with: Normal to oily skin
Great for: Â Creating a more sculpted, subdued look. Creams are perfect for anyone wanting to avoid excess shine and sparkle.
We recommend: It Cosmetics Hello Light Anti-Aging CrĂ¨me Radiance Illuminator
If you want the perfect (keyword: subtle) highlight, Hello Light has you covered. Its super fine particles diffuse light for a soft, dewy look with zero artificial sparkle. The creamy formula melts into skin to provide you with a lit-from-within, supermodel-esqe glow. Bonus! It’s so natural-looking, no one will know it’s makeup.
Works best with: Normal to very oily skin
Great for: Â Creating a shimmery finish. Powders have the highest concentration of sparkle, and can be dusted on over foundation and blush for a sheer-yet-noticeable glow. Because the application is less precise than a liquid or cream highlighter, the effect is gorgeous, all-over radiance.
We recommend: Laura Geller New York Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator
The super fluffy, soft formula applies like a powder but feels kind of creamy, making it super blendable and comfortable to wear. Itâ€™s packed with shimmer, but can be built and blended to create your perfect coverage.