Now here is a beauty hack you need all throughout the festive holiday season. Whether you are channeling your favorite Korean pop star or you want to fake that inner glow like a dewy goddess, we have got your back.
Highlighters make our faces look bright and lifted. It is the makeup secret to that youthful glow. Super-pigmented and high-shine highlighters mean a little goes a long way or you can go all-out for your holiday party look.
A few tips before we share our favorite budget-friendly highlighters with a brilliant shine. First, if you are having troubles blending your highlighter with your foundation, be sure to blend the same formulation.
If you are using liquid foundation, blend that with a liquid high-shine highlighter. If powder foundations are more your thing, glowing powder highlighters are your best friend to avoid the patchy look.
Feel free to highlight beyond the cheekbones. Think: in the middle of your top lip, on the bridge of your nose, brow bone, and on the inner corners of your eyes. This will give you an awake, post-workout sheen sans actually sweating it out.
Bring Out the Bestseller
Our favorite affordable highlighter goes to Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter in Pearl. The soft, buttery formula is thanks to three butters infused in every case.
There are pro-vitamins and fatty acids that nourish our face, too. Application-wise, it is very smooth akin to putting on a high-end highlighter.
We love how this hypoallergenic highlighter moisturizes our skin and leaves our faces looking literally glowing from within. Physician's Formula got rid of over 150 harsh ingredients that are apparent in cheap cosmetics.
So while a budget-friendly highlighter, it is safe to use even on sensitive skin. So go ahead and swipe on this buttery highlighter on for a brighter, enhanced complexion.
This popular highlighter looks great on most skin types, too.
For that Sun-Kissed Gleam
While the pearl highlighter will really steal the spotlight, if you want to complement your tan with a glowing shimmer, try Sleek MakeUp Highlighter Palette in Cleopatra's Kiss.
Each beige case comes with a four-color palette with two powder and two cream formulas. That is right. You get to compromise with this budget buy. Price-wise, it is a tad more expensive than our favorite highlighter.
Easy-to-Use Liquid Highlighter
For radiance without breaking the bank, we really like Nyx Cosmetics Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator. This liquid formulation is affordable and less messy to use than thicker formulas.
We like that it is super lightweight, so you will not feel like a sticky mask is on your face. The color is so attractive at this price point. This liquid highlighter is fairly easy to blend too. All this without making your face look excessively shiny.
Stick Highlighter to Try
After laying on your foundation, contour, and blush on, grab your stick highlighter and add that final dewy glow. This beginner-friendly highlighter comes with an easy applicator.
Flower Glisten Up Highlighter Chubby features a twist-up tube that will give you a silky formula that will glide on your skin. It is infused with sparkling golden flecks too. Whether you are warm-toned or cool-toned, this stick highlighter is definitely one to try.
Add Some Color
If you want to try a colorful highlighter, then try UCAN BE Kaleidoscope Holographic Highlighter Palette. It has nine shimmering colors in a mirrored case.
This holographic makeup palette is versatile as you can wear the shades as a highlighter or eyeshadow. It is soft and easy to use and flatters any skin tone.