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        Best Highlighter 2016

        Becca Skin Perfector Pressed

        Best Highlighter 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Becca Skin Perfector Pressed

        If we got a lottery ticket each time a pro used the phrase “candlelit glow” to describe the effect of this powder, we’d have hit the jackpot long ago. Armed with this strobing compact (which comes in six beaming hues, from pale gold to warm bronze to pinky copper), you can bring light to your face with just a few brushstrokes. Aim for the bridge of your nose, above cheekbones and your Cupid’s bow, and along the brow bones to create flickering highlights, Gita Bass advises. But why stop there? Hit your collarbone and that new off-the-shoulder top will look that much sexier.

        $38
        Best Highlighter 2015

        RMS Beauty

        Best Highlighter 2015
        WINNER 2015

        RMS Beauty

        Call it a matter of semantics, but pros swear this creamy balm delivers a gleam, not a shimmer. When applied along cheekbones, the nose, and the collarbone, “it gives the skin a natural, believable glow,” says L.A. makeup artist Darlene Jacobs. “I use it on every one of my clients and wouldn’t be caught dead without it in my kit.” 

        $38
        Best 2007 Luminizing Lotion/Cream

        Benefit High Beam

        Best 2007 Luminizing Lotion/Cream
        WINNER 2007

        Benefit High Beam

        This pink-tinged shimmer lotion draws the light to your skin in all the right places. "It's the best highlighter for all skin types, and the nail-polish-like applicator brush makes it easy to apply," says Carmindy, who has used it on Molly Shannon. Some makeup artists mix it with foundation for a more subtle gleam.

        $26
        Editor’s Pick
        Editors' Pick 2008

        Clinique Up-Lighting Liquid Illuminator

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2008

        Clinique Up-Lighting Liquid Illuminator

        You can use this sheer liquid for a wash of shimmery color on cheeks or to highlight your brow bones, but we really love it on the décolleté. With four shades ranging from pale pink to a deep bronze, it can work as a brightener for dark skin or a bronzer for lighter tones.

        $26
        Best 2008 Luminizer

        Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer

        Best 2008 Luminizer
        WINNER 2008

        Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer

        Experts use this shimmering liquid in several ways: Some mix a squirt with foundation for a barely there sheen, others dab it directly onto cheekbones as a highlighter. "It's versatile-try it as a sheer eye shadow, or put it on top of your lip gloss," says L.A. makeup artist Shiyena.

        $20
        Best 2011 Shimmer/Luminizing Product

        Nars The Multiple

        Best 2011 Shimmer/Luminizing Product
        WINNER 2011

        Nars The Multiple

        For allover radiance, pros swear that this luminizing stick is the next best thing to bathing in candlelight. "I dot it along cheekbones, the brow line, and even the neck," says L.A. beauty expert Karen Kawahara. "It works everywhere."

        $39
        Best 2013 Undereye Brightner

        Yves Saint Laurent Touche Èclat

        Best 2013 Undereye Brightner
        WINNER 2013

        Yves Saint Laurent Touche Èclat

        Under the eyes, atop brown spots, or in the corners of the mouth, this noglitter brightener (in 12 shades) can lift and lighten when you “look draggy,” says N.Y.C. makeup pro Jeanine Lobell.

        $40
        Best 2013 Highlighter

        Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer

        Best 2013 Highlighter
        WINNER 2013

        Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer

        Dot it on the cheekbones and nose,then blend it with foundation, says N.Y.C. makeup artist Quinn Murphy. Or mix it with body moisturizer for a pretty sheen. It’s that versatile. Each hue (best seller No. 11 is a scintillating rose gold) lends a glowy, not glittery, finish. Huge difference, if you ask us.

        $59
        Best 2014 Highlighter

        Jouer Creme

        Best 2014 Highlighter
        WINNER 2014

        Jouer Creme

        Some highlighters leave you looking like a disco ball, and “that type of glitter only works for Beyonce onstage,” says N.Y.C. makeup artist Nick Barose. But this cream-to-powder enhancer “has a gorgeous sheen that doesn’t look too sparkly,” he says. With shades that range from pearlized white to golden champagne, “you’ll seem candlelit”—sans showgirl shimmer. Jouer Cosmetics

        $20
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