Think the dewy skin trend is on its way out as 2019 approaches? Think again. The shimmer and sparkle of Ulta's December 2018 arrivals proves that highlighting isn't simply here to stay — it's become a necessary part of the world's makeup routine.
Out of the 50 new products tagged as face makeup on Ulta's website, 18 of those additions are highlighters. That's over twice the amount of foundations Ulta released this round (only seven), with the next biggest category being primers (still only eight). Of course, this doesn't mean shoppers are replacing foundation with highlighter — hello, Full-Face Highlighter Challenge flashbacks — it may just be that everyone is looking for the perfect holiday glow before the party season.
When it comes to your unique party glow, you have options. Budget beauty brand e.l.f. released an affordable highlighter set retailing online only for just $5, complete with a fluffy tapered brush. Retailing only slightly higher at $14.99, the L'Oréal Chromatic Bronze Highlight and Contour Palette has three sparkly highlighter shades and one matte shade for contouring.
Or you can go big with Too Faced's Pretty Rich line, which fully launched earlier this month. The luxe $34 Diamond Light Multi-Use Diamond Fire Highlighter, made from actual crushed diamond powder, already has 84 reviews on Ulta's website and a 4.3-star rating. Snag it in Diamond Fire for a traditional, cool opalescent highlight, Fancy Pink for a blush glow, or Canary for a rose gold sheen.
While the product currently has zero reviews on Ulta's website, eagle-eyed shoppers may be most excited about BUXOM's Divine Goddess Luminizing Highlighter Palette. The $32 palette is a collaboration between BUXOM and actress Shay Mitchell, whose glowing skin would inspire anyone to learn how to highlight. (Hint: Patrick Ta is the makeup artist behind her signature sparkle, Gigi Hadid's highlight, and Rihanna's glow, just to name a few.)
The Divine Goddess palette makes it so you don't need Ta's Midas touch for a golden glow. The three warm shades start out as creamy gels in the palette pans, and then apply like powders, letting you build it up from subtle shine to blinding highlight. Customers have awarded the palette 4.9 stars out of five on BUXOM's website and rave about the genius formula, saying it really does work seamlessly with all skin tones.
This holiday season is all about dark red lips, bold eyes, and twinkling highlights. Ahead, eight of the 18 Ulta highlighter releases for skin so dewy, your friends will think you came to the party right from the spa.