Important: The Best Highlighter Ever Is Also Totally Natural

Amanda Montell
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If you didn’t own a highlighter a year ago, today you probably own 12. Just as 1999 was the year of butterfly clips and 2003 the year of punky black eyeliner, 2017 is the year of the highlighter. But judging by the blinding radiance coming from your cheekbones, you probably knew that already.

Here’s our theory: In a dramatic rebellion from the harsh contouring trend, the beauty community has ricocheted in the opposite direction with force. The result? Such things as the “Full Face Using Only Highlighters” challenge trending on YouTube and the term “aliengelic ” becoming a part of our daily vernacular.

Nearly every makeup brand has released a highlighter over the past two years, but they’re not all created equal. Highlighters come in a wide variety of textures and finishes: sparkly, glittery, satiny… but our preferred type of highlighter happens to be very specific: In the Byrdie office, it’s dewy or bust.

When we say dewy, what we mean is glossy, glistening, and natural—like you just walked in from spending a hot afternoon by the pool. No chunky sparkles, no glitter, just pure dew.

Dead set on finding the absolute dewiest highlighters on the market, we devised a dewiness scale—a Dewy Decimal System, if you will—and ranked 10 popular picks.

Keep scrolling for our honest reviews of the dewiest highlighters on the market.

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