These Highlighting Powders Are Like an Instagram Filter for Your Face
Strobing and contouring are the two major makeup techniques that have infiltrated our day-to-day lives. And when our technique doesn't work out quite right, there's always a filter to fix it (thanks, Instagram). And when you don't have a filter? Now, there's a group of highlighters that help your skin look soft-focus and glowing IRL. These highlighters are so sheer that they can be used over your entire face to give a soft, candlelit glow. And no, you won't end up looking oily—or like you poured glitter all over yourself. Keep scrolling to see our favourite highlighting powders!
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($95)
This palette has three universally flattering shades that diffuse and soften light—even a flash—to enhance your skin. Instead of settling into fine lines and imperfections, the powder refines your skin's appearance. The result? A soft, glowing-from-within complexion. We swirl a brush over all three and dust them all over our faces for a soft-focus effect.
Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight ($62)
Lightweight and sheer, this powder from Kevyn Aucoin illuminates skin while blurring imperfections. The smooth texture allows for easy blending and a more natural finish. This highlighter can be worn over foundation or swept right on bare skin.
Physicians Formula Nude Wear Glowing Nude Powder ($30)
If you want the no-makeup makeup look, this powder is for you. The light coverage and subtle glow give skin natural, weightless coverage. Plus this supermarket gem is hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, non-comedogenic, and dermatologist approved.
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Face Sculpt & Highlight ($97)
This highlighter-contour palette allows for the perfect insta-ready glow. The bronzer gives subtle definition without looking orange (sweep it under your cheekbones to instantly carve them out), while the highlighter gives your skin the most ethereal glow.
Did your favourites make the list? Let us know in the comments!