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This year, the pursuit of beauty has focused on two things – brightening dull complexions and adding that much coveted glow to tired skin. Enter highlighters, the shiniest of powders that create a healthy, happy face with just a dab along the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, under the brow bone and inside the inner corners of the eyes. The best highlighters accentuate your features using light to create an illusion of radiance, almost as if you’re lit from within. There are also formulas that come with just the right specks of shimmer and shine. Look no further than this essential list of 10 highlighters for this party season. 

Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette

 

This one comes in five hues – winter & summer solistice, golden, bronze and pink sands – to cater to every skin tone. This was definitely inspired by founder Huda Kattan’s makeup hack – the one where she layers oil along with a powder highlighter to accentuate the glow.

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter

This one’s the OG highlighter that was cult even before highlighters became cool. Its three variations with quirky names – Betty, Cindy and Mary – come with finely-milled shimmer that can also be used as eyeshadow and shimmer. 

M.A.C Extra Dimension Skinfinish Powder

This M.A.C product wins because it is more pigmented, has a more accentuated shimmer and gives a luminous finish. And its long-wearing creamy formula ensures it has at least a 10-hour wear cycle.

Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder

 

Formulated with highly-reflective pearl pigments, this highlighter, which comes in eight shades, gives you a shine like no other. Just dab and see its high-value impact.

Smashbox Petal Metal Shimmer Drops

A weightless formula, this product adds a pop of radiance to your look. It can also be used as a topper for your ordinary lipstick to make it a metallic one.

Benefit Watt’s Up! Cream Highlighter

This popular highlighter stick is a cream-to-powder formula that comes in a beautiful champagne hue, which suits all skin types. This Benefit bestseller is all about a subtle, smooth texture that give a soft glow.

Purearth Sitara Strobelighter Serum

The new kid on the block, this high performance rose gold strobelighter serum with a lightweight, velvety crème texture comes with a roller ball for optimum application. It also contains wild harvest, supercritical and certified organic oils, macerated Ayurvedic botanicals and natural minerals to give that high-tech glow.

Glamglow Glowpowder Palette

The first-ever makeup product from the mega skincare label, this highlighter is infused with hyaluronic acid, Brazilian golden clay, golden gemstones, and the trademarked Teaoxi Vitalflower Complex. It blurs every imperfection and makes your skin light up.

Coverfx Glitter Drops

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This multi-dimensional glitter liquid highlighter is ultra-concentrated and easy to apply. It has a light-reflective finish that you can use under or over makeup, or mixed into your favourite beauty product.

Sephora Face Shimmering Powder

This micro-smooth face powder has an interesting weightless, silky texture that gives you a subtle radiance. Plus, the pretty packaging!

 

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Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.