Trash them or love them, but you can’t deny the fact that the Kardashians have brought about a very serious makeup game that’s still pretty unparalleled: it’s not just that the girls are perfectly contoured, but they also glow. The secret is – they use the best highlighter there is, and it’s chosen by their skin tones. With the makeup artist around, and all the brands we still can’t get a hold on, no wonder they look luminous!
Every self-respected girl/woman who cares about her looks (let’s not get into a whole intelligence-and-inner-beauty-matter rant, please – we are aware) has so far heard of the art of strobing and has probably made a few trips to the perfumery hoping to find her perfect highlighter finish. Are we right?
The thing about buying a highlighter with no previous research or recommendation is that you probably live in fear of looking like you’ve fallen face first into a tub of glitter. We understand! Nobody enjoys the greasy goose vibe.
So, we did you a favor and tested a few brands! The highlighters we’ve singled out are like the best kind of real-life Instagram filter — as Khloe Kardashian would know! Almost all of these shine without any sparkle and have a rich, luminous finish. No wonder they’re so popular!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit
You are probably not going to believe this, but we may have just cracked the Kardashian highlighter code! Yeap – we’ve traced the magical highlighters the girls use and it appears we can all get it for $40! Each shade of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit imparts an incredibly luminous finish that shines without any sparkle. They are constantly selling out so make sure you are the first in line when they arrive.
NARS The Multiple in Copacabana
For everyone with Snow White complexion, this is the shade to work with. This is the gold (or “shimmering pearl”) standard for a multitasker and it has the power to give you that “supernatural glow”. Use it on your cheekbones or blend it into your lids, maybe dab it on your temples and – blend well.
RMS Beauty Living Luminizer
This highlighter is a standout formula of makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift’s all-natural line. It is one of the favorite makeup pieces loved by beauties like Miranda Kerr and other nature-product loving celebs. It is super-hydrating as it has a coconut oil base and the teeny, tiny flecks of shimmer are perfect.
MAC Strobe Cream
This one is giving your face a nice refreshed glow and a little bit of it goes a long way. The product is mineral based, so the skin can breathe throughout the day. To achieve the perfect glow, make sure you are thorough with cleansing after you remove the makeup in the evening. That way you’ll prepare it for the new session the next morning and allow this wonderful strobe cream to do its magic. MAC’s product is shiny just enough and using it – you don’t run the risk of turning Edward Cullen-in-sunlight sparkly, don’t worry.
NYX Cosmetics Illuminator
For everyone who is struggling with oily skin, this NYX product is everything! While makeup artists mostly agree that cream highlighters are better options, as they tend to blend more easily and have a skin like finish, if you’ve got oily skin – powder is the way to go. This pressed version is smooth and it blends easily, so it won’t turn cakey. It comes in five shades and guess what? You’ll buy it for less than $10. How crazy is that!?