It’s sweet summertime! In the summer, I love for my skin to have a beautiful, youthful glow that catches rays of sunlight perfectly. So, how does one achieve this dewy, glowing look? By using highlighting products, of course!

I started using highlighters last year. For the longest time, I only put foundation on my face and didn’t mess with the whole highlighting and contouring thing. One day, I decided to try it, and it made such a dramatic difference in my look that I immediately fell in love with highlighting products.

In the past several months, I’ve tried a number of different highlighters, both good and bad. Today, I’m going to share my favorites so y’all can achieve glowing skin as well!

Below, I have listed my top 10 favorite highlighting products in no particular order.

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1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Ultimate Glow Kit

If you love beauty as much as I do, I’m sure you’ve heard of the Anastasia Beverly Hills glow kits. The Ultimate Glow Kit has a variety of shades, and many of them are gold-toned. The shade “Snow” is a bright white color that is ideal for highlighting your brow bone and the tip of your nose. My favorite shade in the palette is “White Sand,” which is a light yellowish-gold shade. It works really well with my complexion. The great thing about the Ultimate Glow Kit is the shades in the palette look beautiful on a wide range of skin tones. It’s great for people who love shimmery highlights. (There is absolutely nothing matte about these shades!) All the shades in this palette are highly pigmented, so you can glow all night without reapplying. This kit is perfect to use on romantic summer nights.


2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit is one of the most recent products Anastasia has come out with. Created in partnership with YouTube beauty guru Nicole Guerriero, the glow kit has a wide range of shades that have absolutely gorgeous highlighting effects. Like the Ultimate Glow Kit, the Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit has six shades. My favorite shades are “Kitty Kat” and “Forever Young,” the first two in the palette. “Kitty Kat” is a shimmery pink shade, and “Forever Young” is a light beige highlight that appears a bit more natural. I like the Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit a little better than the Ultimate Glow Kit because it has more variety, and I think the shades are more compatible with my complexion. I highly recommend this product if you want a variety of highlighting shades that are great for many different occasions!


3. Benefit Cosmetics High Beam Liquid Face Highlighter

The Benefit Cosmetics High Beam Liquid Face Highlighter is great if you prefer liquid products to powder ones. The product comes in a little jar that resembles a nail polish container. The applicator also resembles a nail polish brush, which I personally find a little weird. (I use a different brush to apply the product because I find the applicator that comes with it doesn’t work very well.) Benefit High Beam is an amazing, highly-pigmented liquid product that produces a gorgeous light pink highlight. The liquid consistency of the product helps it to be long-wearing. It is versatile and great for both day and night looks.


4. Benefit Cosmetics Sun Beam Golden-Bronze Complexion Highlighter

The Benefit Cosmetics Sun Beam Golden-Bronze Complexion Highlighter is very similar in formula to High Beam. However, it provides a gold highlight that looks especially beautiful on tanner and darker skin tones. This product screams “summer!” Once again, I’d recommend using a brush to apply this product instead of the applicator that comes with it. I wish Benefit would repackage this. With the right applicator, it would be absolutely perfect!


5. NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator

I wanted to include at least one budget-friendly product on this list. While many of the products I regularly use are high end, I can still appreciate a great drugstore product! The NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator is a liquid highlighter that is highly pigmented and easy to apply. It has a very smooth consistency that glides over your skin as you apply it. This highlighter is highly blendable and buildable. It is only $7.49 at, which is a steal! If you’re looking to try a highlighter without spending a ton of money on a high end one, I recommend the NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator.


6. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector

The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector is a wonderful everyday highlighter that can be used for both day and night looks. Because it is buildable, you can choose how dramatic you want your highlight to be. I have this highlighter in the shade “Opal,” and it is absolutely perfect for my skin tone. “Opal” is a gorgeous pearly shade that complements just about every makeup look. While some of the other highlighters on this list are more dramatic, the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector works perfectly with more natural looks. But if you want to amp it up, just apply more product! Both beginners and makeup experts can appreciate this versatile product.


7. Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops

The Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops work a little differently than other highlighting products. They can be used on top of foundation to create a dramatic highlight, or they can be combined with foundation and then applied to create a more subtle glow. There are shades of the drops that can also be used to contour. The Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops are extremely pigmented, but you can customize your glow by adjusting the amount of product you use. I have these drops in the shade “Celestial,” and I love the pearly highlight it gives me. Fabulous!


8. treStiQue Highlight and Perfect Multipurpose Stick


The treStiQue Highlight and Perfect Multipurpose Stick is unique. It’s not liquid, and it’s not powder either. It’s more of a cream stick highlighter. It’s incredibly easy to apply, which makes it great for travel or on-the-go touch ups. You can use the perfecting sponge on the other end of the stick to blend the product. I’m absolutely in love with this stick. The highlight it creates is subtle yet beautiful, and it is perfect for beginners because it is so easy to apply. I highly recommend it!


9. Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette

The Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette has beautiful shades. The iridescent shades in this palette can be used on your face, eyes, or lips. I know not everyone likes colored highlights, but I think this palette is so much fun. I wear these shades for nights out when I want more dramatic looks. The shades in this palette are easy to layer and blend. My favorite shade is “{ultra-violet}amethyst,” which is the lavender shade in the center of the palette. I don’t see lavender highlights every day, and that’s why I love wearing this shade. If you love to experiment with colorful makeup, I highly recommend that you pick up this palette because it’s absolutely gorgeous.


10. Chaos Makeup Kaleidoscope Rainbow Highlighter

Have you heard of Chaos Makeup? I hadn’t either until I saw a video on Facebook of this Kaleidoscope Rainbow Highlighter. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to order it. When I tested the product out, I was very pleased! I dragged my brush sideways, parallel to the lines separating the colors in the product. Then, I applied the highlighter to my cheekbones, nose, chin, and forehead. I looked like a rainbow! This product is buildable, so you can control how dramatic your highlight is. Although the packaging of this highlighter seems a little cheap, I was very impressed with the product. It is a high-quality highlighter that is great for experimentation with different looks. Check out the Chaos Makeup website to order yours!


That’s all, folks!

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