Once reserved for professional makeup kits, highlighter blazed onto the consumer scene sometime around 2016. And the briefest of glances at your social media platform, magazine, or runway of choice will prove that this trend isn't going anywhere anytime soon — or, quite possibly, ever. With multiple shades in each, the best highlighter palettes let you double (or triple, or quadruple) down on the trend, while some perform double (or triple, or quadruple) duty with the addition of bronzing, contouring, and flush-enhancing shades. And gone are the chunky flecks of glitter of palettes past — instead, you’ll find finely milled powders that gleam more than they sparkle, which gives skin a soft, iridescent finish. The infusion of plant-based oils in some formulations impart a silky feel and buildable color, so you can go as light- or heavy-handed as you want.
Keep in mind, the magic of highlighter can be extended way beyond your cheekbones. Any of these radiant pigments can be used with equal conviction on your eyes, collarbones, shoulders, or anywhere else on your body that could use some shine.
Whether you’re aiming for freshly fallen angel, surfaced mermaid, or just a human under really good light, any of the seven best highlighter palettes from the list below can help you get there.
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