(Main Squeeze)

The 9 Best Highlighters For The Ultimate Glow Up

Shine bright.


Join TZR editors for Main Squeeze, the series dedicated to sharing beloved beauty products — be they bold, effective, or simply fun — that make our week just a little bit better. Ahead, Team TZR spotlights their favorite highlighters of the moment.

"One of the few highlighters to never look greasy, gritty, or glittery on my face, Westman Atelier's Lit Up stick concentrates highlight and shine where it needs to go — and never slides around to where it shouldn't." — Amanda Ross, beauty editor, TZR
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"Pat McGrath knows how to make you sparkle. This highlighter is the best formula I've ever used — it looks like powder but feels creamy and bouncy. Whatever it's made of, it glides on my skin like butter for the prettiest long-lasting shimmer." — Maggie Haddad, sr. social media strategist, TZR
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"I've been using Mac's Mineralize Highlight Powder for 10 years and it still beats every new product I've tried. It offers the most beautiful, natural glow — perfectly iridescent, not too shimmery, and blends seamlessly to last."— Rebecca Iloulian, Director, Newsletter Revenue & Marketing, BDG
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"I prefer my highlighter to look dewy rather than shimmery, and this one from Ami Colé just gets it. The balm formula adds a nice, natural glow, and blends seamlessly into my skin without messing up my blush and bronzer." — Erin Lukas, deputy beauty editor, TZR
See On Sephora
Cleo Cosmetics
Essence Moonlighter Cushion
"I love the subtle glow of this highlighter and that it allows for buildable intensity when I want to up the ante. The light, "Apricot Tinge" shade is perfect to layer over or wear as a blush substitute thanks to a light, peach-pink tint that looks natural." — Angela Melero, executive editor, TZR
See On Revolve
Anastasia Beverly Hills
Stick Highlighter
"I typically lean towards sparkly gold formulas, and Anastasia Beverly Hills' Stick Highlighter in Dripping in Gold always does this trick. I'll usually go for two to three swipes for extra oomph." — Kelsey Stewart, associate fashion editor, TZR
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RMS Beauty
“I’ve leaned on this cushy, buildable highlighter for years in a tawny pink shade as the ultimate no-makeup makeup staple. A few swipes on my care cheeks give me a lit-from within glow even on mornings when I’m dragging from not enough sleep.” — Alison Syrett, deputy fashion editor, TZR
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“I'm not so good at applying highlighter, but this liquid one from Freck makes it easy to not look patchy. My favorite color is the Beam Machine, which gives a nice bronzy glow, and Space Face, a cosmic pearlescent purple shade, for when I'm feeling daring.” — Jessica Fields, beauty writer, TZR
See On Freck
Westman Atelier
Highlight Stick
“This is basically a one-step way to fake healthy, dewy skin. I apply the shade Nectar on the tops of my cheekbones for a beautiful light-reflective glow that reads more glassy. I own one in almost every color, which just goes to show how much I rely on it.” — Faith, executive beauty director, BDG
See On Westman Atelier

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