When it comes to finding the best highlighter, the options seem endless. Some prefer glittery “futuristic alien Barbie” levels of glow, while others swear by sheer and buildable formulas for dewy-looking cheekbones. No matter your style, it’s clear that highlighter has evolved since it first became popularized by YouTube gurus in the 2010s. Highlighters aren’t just a gimmicky product that you layer on top to finish a routine—they’re just as integral to any beauty look as blush, bronzer, and concealer.
From powders and creams to liquid and jelly formulas, the best highlighters for the perfect glazed-donut look come in all shapes and sizes. Not sure where to begin? Luckily, Glamour editors have tested dozens over the years and narrowed down our tried-and-true favorites for every skin type and color. Shop all of favorite highlighters, below.
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