Thanks for the Glow: Eight Luminous Highlighters

A Week of Gratitude

Luminous Highlighters

I love layering highlighters over blush, which is why shades like Makeup Geek’s Moon Phase and Celestial remain go-tos for me, as they help add coolness to any cheek look and lots of neat shift.  I’ve been loving Charlotte Tilbury’s Flawless Filter under and mixed in with foundation, and I tend to switch between the first three shades in the range with no particular favorite within those.  If you’re wondering about some other picks you may have seen me wearing, they’re likely included in other posts in the series and I didn’t want to be too repetitive.

Becca Berlin Girl Glow

Becca Berlin Girl Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a soft, peachy, beige base with a pink-to-blue shifting pearl. The... Read full review.

Makeup Geek Moon Phase

Makeup Geek Moon Phase Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a very light, iridescent white that had shimmer that shifted from a bluish aqua to an icy... Read full review.

Makeup GeekBeauty Bay

Maybelline Molten Peach

Maybelline Molten Peach Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter ($9.99 for 0.24 oz.) is a light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and pink-to-gold... Read full review.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew You

Marc Jacobs Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter ($44.00 for 0.80 fl. oz.) is a medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. The... Read full review.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter

The formula is supposed to be a "customizable complexion booster" that can be used as a primer, highlighter, or mixed with base products. The line includes seven shades, like a more typical foundation or concealer range, but they have sheerer coverage and fine pearl, so there is some flexibility, though for added luminosity (but not altering color) all-over, one would want to choose a shade closer to their actual skin tone. Read more...

Laura Mercier Highlight 01

Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($40.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as "golden nude." The formula is described as an "ultra... Read full review.

Makeup Geek Celestial

Makeup Geek Celestial Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a very light, icy lavender with cool undertones and a luminous sheen. The finish was... Read full review.

Makeup GeekBeauty Bay

MAC Superb

MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The color... Read full review.


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thirteenthirteen Avatar

Every day is a good day for Laura Mercier Matte Radiance 01. It never looks bad or out of place with any look. It’ll pricey but it’s so huge I’ll probably be buried with it. HG highlighter.

Christineheppner Avatar

You have Becca Berlin here so maybe you know the you tuber Hatice Schmidt who created it with Becca. If you like a glow finish/prefer a glow finish in Contrast to a matte Make-up finish, Look for „skin yoga“. I do Not remember who invented it but I saw a video from Hatice showing this makeup „technique“. I think she saw it on instagram or so. So everyone who Likes glow search for skin yoga. Short summary would be that you mix a water based foundation with a Fluid glow Primer, a drop of your favourite Face oil and a drop of highlighter drops, Apply it to Face with your hands and massage it in. wait a few minutes and enjoy your glowy makeup. Hope I did not forget something but it is just to give You an idea.Hatice sets it with a powder a Little bit because for her ist was a Little Too shiny. But it looked really good although I am a Matte finish junkie. For me it can never be matte enough.

Jill Avatar

I’m hooked on Clinique’s Chubby Stick Highlighter, it seems like it only comes in one color though which isn’t impressive compared against other brands. But I love how this cream formula works on my late 40’s skin plus the glow is more dewy than “seen from space” which I know isn’t for everyone.

ShariP Avatar

I can hardly believe that I don’t have any of these. I am lighter skin tone than you though so maybe that’s it.

My current favorites are MAC Extra Dimension highlighter in Double Gleam (truly my all time favorite) and Maybelline Rose Gold highlighter. Love both of them.

Mariella Avatar

Even though I don’t own one, I really like the MAC In Extra Dimension highlighters generally – I like that formula in EVERYTHING (eyeshadow, blush, highlighters). I should probably take a look at the Laura Mercier one (or probably NOT)….I could use the Sephora coupon and combine it with something else to come away with a “bargain”.

Silvia Avatar

I love doing that too Christine! I softly brush some highliter often to soften or even out a blush or plainly to give it some glow. I can use many of them as blush also.
I think my Maybelline Rose Molten looks rather similar to the Mac. I collected all three love the peach and lastly had to have the gold. I have the WetnWild lavender Royal Calix that i think is a perfect dupe for the Celestial Makeup Geek. Those Becca & Laura Mercier are sure tempting! Beautiful! But no more highliters for me I’ll need to become a zombie or a Mrs. Dracula to wear them all.

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