The highlighter products that our editors swear by to get that glow


A beautiful glow can easily be achieved with a good highlighter product to hand.

But with so many glittery shades to chose from, it can be hard to find the holy grail product to suit you that will deliver time and time again.

So with that in mind, our editors chose our top highlighter products that we know you’ll love, just as much as we do:

“A gentle sweep of this over my cheekbones, nose and forehead results in comments from colleagues, friends and strangers about my skin looking luminous and glow-y EVERY SINGLE TIME.” —Kelly McAuliffe, digital editor

Shop: MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle

“Creamy, super blendable and SHIMMERY rather than GLITTERY, which is the key to a good highlighter if you ask me – let this rattle around in your handbag and save you from those times when you look like you’d rather go to bed than go out and socialise. Just a few swipes (bridge of the nose, cheekbones, top of the forehead, cupid’s bow) and you’re good to glow.”
Lucy Slight, features director

Shop: Nude by Nature Touch of Glow Highlight Stick in Champagne

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I’m not a huge fan of the reflective, glazed donut sheen of most modern highlighters, so I usually just use a radiant blush instead. However, when skin is looking a bit dull this powder has the most subtle glow that softly diffuses the appearance of imperfections. It’s almost imperceptible, but you still look glowy and fresh.” —Megan Bedford, beauty editor

Shop: Ambient Lighting Powder

“I apply most of my make-up by hand and I love how soft and velvety this Mac product is when I run my fingers across it. It’s the last step in my morning make-up routine; I apply a light swipe above each cheekbone, step back and watch it catch the light, feeling very proud of my newfound make-up prowess.” —Jessica-Belle Greer, features editor

Shop: MAC Cream Colour Base in Shell

“Highlighter is the champion of beauty because it’s the finishing touch that takes your makeup from zero to hero in a matter of seconds; so naturally, making sure to get a glittery, bold and beautiful highlighting product in my opinion, is the key to mastering the art of it. The holy grail for me is the champagne pop shade of the BECCA pressed highlighters. The golden colour and peachy undertones make this my go-to, a product which I can wear throughout the day but also if I’m out through the night.” —Maxine Fourie, digital content producer

Shop: BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop

“I’ve been using Benefit Watt’s Up cream highlighter for years and I don’t think I’ll be stopping anytime soon.” —Imogen Temm, art director

Shop: Watt’s Up highlighter cream

Words: Maxine Fourie
Photos: Getty Images