Makeup Artist’s Agree: These Are the Only Drugstore Highlighters Worth Buying
In 2016, highlighter is to our makeup bags what avocado is to a brekkie menu—essential. Not only does it give life to tired skin, placed correctly it can carve out cheekbones you never knew you had. It’s hard to think back to a time, pre-strobing, when the average beauty buff didn’t consider luminser an indispensable part of their makeup routine. These days, there are more glow-boosting powders, liquids, gels, and creams lining drugstore shelves than you can shake a stick at. While this saturation of the market is a good thing in many ways (cheaper prices, for one), it can also make it tricky to know which product to buy. That’s where the pros come in. Allure.com recently quizzed celebrity makeup artists for their favourite budget picks, and boy did they deliver. Ahead, you’ll find four drugstore highlighters so good you won’t believe they’re not designer. Even better, there’s a pick for every skin tone.
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Revlon Photoready Skinlights ($30)
Makeup artist Robert Greene counts Tinashe and OITNB’s Samira Wiley amongst his clientele, so he knows what’s up when it comes to flattering deeper skin tones. His drugstore illuminser pick? Revlon's cult Skinlights (which happens to come in three shades). "The highlight is a soft, beautiful glow that blends right into your skin, making you look like the glow comes from within," he says.
L'Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Touch of Light Highlighter ($28)
According to Mary Wiles, who regularly works with Lea Seydoux, Kirsten Dunst and Naomi Watts, this drugstore highlighter does double-duty. Not only does it create a gorgeous glow, it’s also perfect for touching up under the eyes on the go. "It whisks away dark circles, and I love that it comes as a pen applicator so it's easy to just pop in a bag," she says.
E.l.f Baked Highlighter ($8)
This budget powder won’t set you back more than eight bucks, but how does it stack up against pricier versions? According to Azra Red, makeup artist for Yael Stone and Rosario Dawson, pretty damn well: "It gives skin a luminous, sheer look when it's applied with a brush, or it can be used wet for a vibrant look."
Rimmel Kate Sculpting Palette ($17)
Lucy Hale and Lizzy Caplan both call on Jamie Greenberg when they’re in need of a little glam. (Also, Kristen Bell and Jordana Brewster.) The celeb makeup artist recommends a wallet-friendly highlighter that also comes Byrdie editor-approved—Rimmel's 3-in-1 Sculpting Palette. "It has a blush, highlighter, and bronzer. It goes on supersmooth and leaves you with a healthy glow," she says.