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Best Highlighter 2015

RMS Beauty

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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 2014 Highlighter

Jouer Creme

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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
Best 2013 Highlighter

Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer

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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 2013 Undereye Brightner

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Èclat

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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 2011 Shimmer/Luminizing Product

Nars The Multiple

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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
Editors' Pick 2008

Clinique Up-Lighting Liquid Illuminator

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Editors' Pick 2008
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

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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 2007 Luminizing Lotion/Cream

Benefit High Beam

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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
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