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The top 10 best highlighters

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This season, it's all about highlighting. Stars like Kim Kardashian have ditched contouring in favour of more subtle trends such as strobing and 'nontouring', which consist of highlighting the parts of your face that catch light for a fresh-faced radiant glow.

We take a look at the best highlighters you'll want to add to your beauty bag to master the trend – click through for the full list… 


Barry M Light Me Up Liquid Highlighter

This budget-friendly hero has a gorgeous sheer formula that makes for a natural, shimmering glow. It's rich with light-reflecting particles that create a dewy-looking complexion – apply to your cheek and brow bones to get a radiant finish.

£4.99, available at


Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder

This beauty must-have has a lightweight, super-soft and creamy texture making it ideal for blending. Because it has a sheer finish you can build it up so it's up to you to decide how much sheen you want. Plus, as the name suggests, its glowy, strobed effect lasts for eight hours so it's ideal if you're going out and won't have time to keep touching up your make-up!

£19. available at 


Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Correcting and Highlighting Perfector

If you're a fan of multi-tasking products, this is the highlighter for you. Not only does it correct, highlight and illuminate the skin, but it also has a moisturising formula that works to brighten the eye area and minimise the appearance of dark circles and fine lines. It also conceals imperfections, and you can use it to enhance your brow bones and cheekbones.

£23, available at 


Benefit Watt's Up

We're loving this highlighter's cream-to-powder finish and smooth applicator that gives you a touch of pampering as you apply. Its delicate champagne glow gives it a soft luminous sheen so you're left with a subtle, shimmering fresh-faced look, ideal for day or night.

£24.50, available at 


Guerlain Meteorites Pearls

These pearls have become a beauty classic, with their satin, barely-there finish – and they have a luscious violet scent too. Using a light-creating polymer they make for tailored luminosity on the skin – simply swirl a brush over the pearls and sweep over your face to create a shimmering glow, on bare skin or over your foundation.

£37.35, available at 


Clarins Instant Light Brush-On Perfector

In one quick stroke, this brush-on must-have helps to conceal imperfections and disguise shadowy areas while firming and smoothing skin. Apply on dark circles to illuminate the skin and help diminish signs of fatigue – one to add to your beauty kit if you've had a late night!

£25.50, available at 


NARS Copacabana Illuminator

If you're looking to enhance your complexion's radiance and create a sheer, luminous finish, this is the highlighter for you. It uses a collection of light-reflecting liquids that glide on to leave your skin refreshed and shimmering – use it as a highlighter or mix it with your foundation for a subtle glow.

£23, available at


Topshop Glow Highlighter in Gleam

This handy little pot fits easily into your bag making it ideal if you're constantly on the go. The highlighter itself has a luxurious creamy texture that boosts radiance and with its rose gold tint, it's ideal for highlighting your natural complexion.

£9, available at 


MAC Cosmetics Prep + Prime Highlighter

This beauty staple is so easy to use thanks to its pen-style applicator, helping to keep your highlighting precise. As a bonus, it brings a soft, sheer wash of colour to skin, whether applied on its own or over a concealer/foundation.

£19.50, available at


Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow

Tired, dull, dehydrated skin is instantly turned into a radiant complexion with this beauty hero which is powered by a breakthrough Fluorescent Core Light Diffuser that cleverly steals UV light from its surroundings and re-emits it as skin luminosity. It's great if you're after something with anti-ageing properties as it can help disguise wrinkles and correct skin tone leaving you with a luminous radiant finish.

£38.50, available at

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