23 Highlighters That Will Help You Glow Through 2018
In the age of nostril hair extensions and Nike brows, there are countless beauty trends we're happy to leave in 2017. When it comes to highlighters, however, the future has never looked so bright. As our favorite glow experts continue to churn out more releases, indie brands and even drugstore OGs are following suit. The result has been an abundance of luminescent powders and creams in shades that range from frosty lavender to pure gold.
To help you navigate the best glow offerings as we make our way into 2018, we've rounded up 14 of our favorite picks. Keep reading to see which ones made the cut and get your cheeks (or your entire body) ready to shine.
Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Highlighter
It's not just hypnotizing to look at, Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Highlighter ($26) also comes in five shimmery shades that give a lit-from-within effect.
Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Limelight Highlighter
For the especially adventurous types, sweep the Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Limelight Highlighter along your cheekbones. The silky powder has an iridescent ombré color that'll give your skin an angelic glow.
Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter in Dew You?
A few dabs of Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter ($44) will have you feeling like a beach goddess. It's available in two different shades: Fantasy (a deep copper) and Dew You? (a shimmering champagne). Blend this on your cheekbones for a daily highlight, or across your collarbones to lend yourself a hint of glimmer.
Jennifer Lopez For Inglot Livin’ the Highlight Illuminator
When you want a glow that could rival J.Lo's, you've got to go straight to the source: Her Livin' the Highlight ($23) loose pigment powder for Inglot has a rich golden color payoff that will make you feel fly as Jenny from the Block.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Vanilla Quartz
Leave it to the highlighting masterminds at Becca Cosmetics to bless our faces yet again. The brand's latest release is a new shade of its fan-favorite Shimmering Skin Perfectors, this time in a pearly pale pink shade dubbed Vanilla Quartz ($38).
ColourPop Legit AF Super Shock Highlighter Trio
We don't know how, but ColourPop continues to impress us with products so pigmented and affordable, it's almost criminal. This trio of Legit AF (and smooth as butter) Super Shock Highlighters ($24) have us begging the brand to take our money again.
Cover Fx Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo
Oh, you thought the holographic trend was over? Cute. In 2018, our obsession with all things mythical lives on thanks to the Cover Fx Custom Enhancer Drops ($42). The sheer amount of times this product has been referenced int the Sephora Beauty Insider Community makes it a favorite. You have the option to dot the liquid-based formula directly onto your face or mix it with your favorite products.
Maybelline FaceStudio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter in Molten Rose Gold
We're more than happy to make room for rose gold in every area of our lives, and our cheekbones are no different. Thankfully, Maybelline's Molten Rose Gold Highlighter ($8) looks like a wash of pink-hued chrome, especially on deeper complexions.
MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Super Frost
Don't let the frosty white base fool you — this MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($34) leaves behind a stunningly iridescent finish on any skin tone. It's easy to sheer out or build up for a touch of pearlescense on your cupid's bow, cheekbones, and eyelids alike.
Sleek MakeUP Solstice Highlighting Palette
For the indecisive or adventurous type, a highlighting palette is ideal for adding variety to your glow. Sleek MakeUP's Solstice Palette ($15) is a beauty vlogger favorite that offers a mix of ultrareflective cream and powder formulas. It even has a nice price tag to boot.
Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter in Trophy Wife
If 2017's Fenty frenzy wasn't proof enough, no beauty roundup is complete without a touch of Rihanna. The Killawatt Highlighter ($34) is easily one of her most noteworthy launches and will leave every skin tone on the spectrum shining bright like a (gold) diamond.
Jouer Cosmetics Powder Highlighter in Skinny Dip
A gilded highlighter with pink undertones is just about as universally flattering as it gets. The champagne rose gold shift in the Jouer Cosmetics Skinny Dip Highlighter ($24) will reflect light flawlessly on whoever it touches.
Lime Crime Hi-Lite Highlighter Palette in Mermaids
Look up words like "colorful," "quirky," and "dreamy" in the beauty dictionary, and Lime Crime will always be the first result. For bold makeup fanatics looking to jump on the rising lavender trend, the pastel-toned Hi-Lite Highlighter Palette ($38) in Mermaids will be a year-long go-to. Icy blue and frosty peach are also creative shades to switch it up with.
Wet N Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Crown of My Canopy
Wet N Wild's copper-toned MegaGlo Highlighter ($5) will look like luminescent caramel when swiped on medium and dark skin. If your jaw hasn't already hit the floor looking at the insanely low price tag, it definitely will once you try it for yourself.
Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter
As long as Too Faced continues to release gorgeously extra products, we'll keep coming back. Everything about the Love Light Prismatic Highlighters ($30) is so pretty and ornate that we don't just want to wear them, we want to Instagram them, too.
Nars Illuminator in Super Orgasm
Orgasm blush, meet your match. This squeezable illuminator ($30) is packed with enough light-reflecting product to get anyone through the majority of 2018. While those with fair-to-medium complexions might opt to use it as a blush topper or for a subtle standalone glow, the gold will truly pop on medium-to-deep tones.