Making it Shine: The Highlighting Trend


In 2016 the biggest makeup trend was contouring, now in 2017 the trend reversed. Highlighting is shining brighter than ever…literally.

Within the past few months, many brands both high end and drug store have released a variety of highlighters. These include single powders, illuminators, liquid drops, creams, stick, and of course palettes.

Perhaps the two brands that made this trend skyrocket are Anastasia Beverly Hills and Becca Cosmetics. Anastasia created the legendary Glow Kits whilst Becca teamed up with YouTuber Jaclyn Hill and created the iconic Champagne Pop single highlighter.

When these products hit the shelves, the consumers went wild, thus the highlighting era began.

In the beginning, natural skin flattering colors such as champagnes, whites, and golds sold the best, however, the start of 2017 brought in the start to holographic highlighters.

Kat Von D started this trend with her Alchemist Holographic Palette. This kit was created to be used as both highlighters and eyeshadows. With this palette, you can choose colors based on your own skin tone to enhance your natural features whilst adding a glow. This product includes four different shades and retails for 32 dollars at Sephora.

This year, liquid highlighters are making quite a presence as well. The Iconic London Illuminator Drops is a product that I am dying to try. The pigmentation appears to be very strong and this product is very versatile. Not only can this product be used straight onto your cheek bones or any area you wish to highlight, you can use the dropper to mix it in with your favorite foundation or concealer to create a natural glow.

Another liquid highlighter that I recommend trying is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter. This product comes in many shades and it perfect if you want to achieve a nice dewy finish.

Finally, for those who are either new to highlighting, or are looking for a great value, I highly recommend the Anastasia Glow Kits. This kits range from four to six colors per set and these powders can also double as highlighters. Anastasia has released a wide variety of Glow Kits ranging from fair cool colors, to more intense hues. These include Gleam, That Glow, Sun Dipped, Sweets, Moonchild, Ultimate Glow, and the brand new Nicole Guerrero Glow Kit.

Here are all the highlighters I mentioned along with a few others I recommend.

Anastasia Beverly Hills: Glow Kits  These are great for someone who wants a good value.


Becca: Shimmering Skin Perfecter Pressed Highlighter Perfect for someone who wants a very pigmented highlight. The texture is very smooth and non flakey. This also comes in a wide variety of neutral shades along with a brand new Prismatic Amethyst shade.


Becca: Shimmering Skin Perfecter Liquid Highlighter This product gives off a nice dewy finish and comes in the same colors as the pressed formula.


Kat Von D: Alchemist Holographic Palette This palette has four highly pigmented holographic shades. Can be used as a highlighter, eyeshadow, and can be applied on the lips.


Iconic London: Illuminating Drops Perhaps the most pigmented of them all. These drops can be mixed into foundation, concealer, moisturizer, primer, you name it. You can also apply this product directly onto the areas you want to highlight.



Too Faced: Love Light Absolutely gorgeous inside and out.


Benefit: Watts Up A very smooth cream to powder stick highlighter with a very simple application. Only comes in one champagne color.



Shine On ~Dana



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