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10 of the Best: Highlighters

Glowing skin never goes out of fashion. While an on-point skincare routine will take you far, a make-up bag filled with the right kit will ensure you go the extra mile. Applied to the ‘high points’ of the face and body (think the tops of cheekbones and collarbones), highlighter has the power to make skin look healthier, more energised and radiant. Supermodel Sara Sampaio recently revealed to us that highlighter is the only product she never leaves the house without. Whether you prefer using powders, liquid, creams or stick formulas, glow wild with our edit of high-performance highlighters.

The Double Threat

Highlighter and contour may well be the best double-act of the past decade. The pigments in Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow make for a soft and natural finish – there's a reason this one quickly attained cult status.
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Charlotte Tilbury

Midas Touch

Embrace 24-karat magic with Shiseido Synchro Skin Illuminator Pure Gold, evidently formulated with a glowing goddess in mind (you). Mix with your foundation for a luminous finish or dab over strategic points of your face.
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Long Wear

Whether you opt to use La Mer Illuminating Hydrator's iridescent gel to brighten certain areas of your face or as an all-over base for your make-up, it scores points for subtlety thanks to its lightweight formula.
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La Mer

Pot Luck

The ‘glass skin’ trend has just been made a whole lot more attainable thanks to Decorté Dip In Glow, a juicy serum-packed highlighter. Light and smooth, you simply need to tap it onto your skin with a fingertip, no blending required.
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Liquid Gold

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter has a light-reflecting pearlescent formula that can be used alone or mixed with foundation to enhance an everyday make-up look. Our tip? Use a Beautyblender make-up sponge and apply to cheekbones with a tapping motion – it gives an amazing result on all skin types.

Palette Perfection

A one-stop shop to glow, Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette is created for different skin tones and features pigment-packed cream formulas and powders for precise placement. Our make-up buyer, Vesa Kalho, recommends mixing and matching shades for a diffused finished.
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Huda Beauty

Glow on the Go

Sweep YSL Touche Éclat Shimmer Stick across areas of the face and body that catch the light to draw attention to them. The multi-use stick and creamy formula is super easy to apply on the go.
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Pigment Pretty

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Loose Pigment is finely milled, creating a multi-dimensional pop of pearlescent metallic shimmer when brushed over the face and body. One for fans of the more-is-more glow.
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Anastasia Beverly Hills

The All Rounder

Farsáli Liquid Glass Serum is a brilliant combination of skincare and make-up. Founder Sal Ali says it can be used alone, mixed with other products or used as a topcoat on eyelids, lips and cheekbones.
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Fresh and Rosy

By Terry Brightening CC Powder has a rose-scented formula that helps to even out skin texture and blur imperfections. It also adds a translucent glow that's easy to layer. Clever.
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By Terry
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