Top 5 Face Highlighters

Top 5 Face Highlighters

Over the past few years I have spiraled into having quite the makeup collection. Now my all time favourite makeup products are definitely lip products (hence the name of my blog). But I would probably have to say that my next favourite area of makeup is highlighters. I don’t know what it is but I just feel that much more confident when my skin looks glowy and my cheekbones are poppin’. I decided it was time to post a list of some of my favourite highlight products. It was pretty difficult to even come up with a top 5 but I did my best to narrow down the best face highlighters that I think are worth it!

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Colourpop – Super Shock Cheek in Lunch Money

I’m obviously the biggest fan of just about every Colourpop product that’s been released. Their Super Shock highlighters are probably one of my all time favourite highlighting formulas. The product just sinks so well into the skin and gives you the perfect amount of dewy glow. Lunch Money is a really wonderful golden colour. It looks really gorgeous in the summertime! I love how this shade looks when I’m a little more bronzey. It still looks amazing in the winter as well though. The product can be a little hard to work with at first since it’s a creamy formula. I love applying this by lightly tapping the colour to my cheekbones with my finger or a beauty blender. I find the beauty blender helps the product to really sink in and look a little more on the glowy side!

Essence – Pure Nude Highlight in Be My Highlight

On days when I wear little to no makeup I usually look for a more glow from within type highlight. This is one of the best glowy highlights that I have ever tried. This looks like nothing when you look at the product on the pan or swatch it with your finger. But as soon as you pop this on the cheekbones it just transforms somehow! It honestly makes my skin look really healthy and gives my dull skin some life on days that I wear minimal makeup. I also found that I love using this as a finishing powder for matte foundations. It sets everything pretty well and gives a flat matte foundation a little something extra without making me look like a sweaty greasy mess.

Becca Shimmer Skin Perfector in Opal

The first Becca product I purchased was Champagne Pop. It’s such an amazing shade and it will always hold such a special place in my heart. I love when I see successful youtubers collaborate to make amazing products! But I find sometimes I’m not as into the colour on my skin tone and I don’t really reach for it as much as I should. The formula is amazing though so I was excited to get Opal in a Sephora Favourites value set. I honestly thought this shade might be a little too dark for my skin tone but it looks gorgeous! It’s a highlight that just makes your skin look glowy and wet. I actually brought this with me when I went on my beach vacation at the beginning of the year and unfortunately shattered it slightly. I’m just trying my best to be careful with this so I don’t completely shatter it. If it was broken beyond repair I would definitely be going out to buy another one though, it’s seriously a must have product for anyone who is highlighter obsessed!

LA Girl – Strobe Lite Strobing Powder in 100 Watt *

Every so often I want a highlight with more glitter and shimmer. This usually happens if I’m going out or I’m going to be at a darker venue. I find that glittery highlights look really great in more dimly lit lighting since it really helps to pick up on the small amount of available lighting. This is one of my favourite highlights for that glittery effect. I find this looks the best if you spray the brush with a little bit of Mac Fix+ before because it really helps to keep the highlight in place. Sometimes with glittery highlights you can get a lot of weird fall out but Fix+ takes care of that and keeps everything looking great! This highlight has a really gorgeous almost cool tone to it which I love on my skin. It’s super unique in my opinion because I really don’t have anything like it in my collection!

Makeup Geek x KathleenLights – Highlighter Palette

If you follow my Instagram account you’ll know I’m a huge fan of KathleenLights. I pretty much will support her in anything she collaborates or works on. I find her super relatable and one of the Youtubers that I actually trust in terms of recommendations. This was one of those products that I knew I needed to support. I always find that Kathleen had really great highlight favourites so I knew she would create an amazing product.

All three of the shades in this palette are gorgeous but I specifically am obsessed with Starlight, the pink shade in the middle. This honestly made me realize that I love how a pink highlight looks on my face. This looks really great on my skin when I’m a little more on the pale side. It has a more metallic finish and looks wet on the skin. On a regular basis I enjoy wearing a highlight that had little to no glitter. This has zero glitter but still makes the cheekbones pop in all the right ways!

Lunch Money, Be My Highlight, Opal, 100 Watt, Starlight

Have you tried any of these highlighters? What are your thoughts on them? I would love to hear what your favourite highlighting products are in the comments below!


*This product was sent to me for consideration purposes. I was in no way required to post or promote this product. All opinions are my own.


  • Desiree O’toole

    I am obsessed with highlighters. I think hourglass are my favourite, with becca opal a close second

    • Stephanie Ehmke

      I still haven’t tried any of the hourglass highlights but they are next on my list!

  • Beauty and the Ballroom

    I don’t have many highlighters but have had my eye on the Becca range for a while….I need to swatch it first though on my skin as I’ve made mistakes of ordering a highlighter before and it’s just been heavy shimmer! Great reviews! x

    • Stephanie Ehmke

      The Becca ones are a lot of shimmer but they are so finely milled that it just works as a nice highlight!

  • Melanie Sillifant

    Loved this post, I got the Kathleen palette and Lunch Money, would love to pick up your other mentions as well.

    • Stephanie Ehmke

      Awesome! I’m glad you love a few of my recommendations already!

  • Marlene

    I am so happy I found you! at 30, I think its time to start wearing makeup or at least learning how to do so!

  • Evelyn Reese

    I have never heard of Kathleen lights, but I love the glowy look to these. I will have to investigate further for a palette for myself.

  • Nikita Sharma

    I never knew – such details to this age I am so impressed Stephanie …excellent research on the write up. I truly loved. Keep writing
    more of such articles. Xoxo

  • I just got that Essence highlighter! I’ve been preferring more natural highlighters so I’m so excited to try it!

  • All of these look so good! I love Becca and Colourpop highlighters!! X

  • Danielle Gould

    I haven’t used any of these highlighters but I have one from my Glam Bag that is in a stick form and one is in a pencil form which, I feel, gives me more control. I look forward to trying some of the ones you posted!

  • Ekta Jain

    Added in my makeup list 😋😋

  • Lunch money from colourpop is so good, I think it looks perfect for any skin tone.

  • OMG Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal is divine!! Best color and formula ever!! And I need to try the ColourPop one. It looks and sounds great! I don’t own anything by ColourPop yet.

  • I don’t use highlighters. I’m pretty basic though, foundation, mascara, eye shadow and lip gloss. I really wish I could get into makeup more, but I’m just not that savy.

  • Tania Berry

    I haven’t really played much with Highlighters but they do look great! Perhaps I’ll give them a try- I love the look of the Kathleen Lights! – Bar

  • Shelby Stover

    I’m not going to lie, this isn’t something I use often. But mostly because I don’t know how- thanks for the tips and ideas!

  • i loooove illuminators! i love that glowy, dewy look 🙂

  • I’ve really gotten into highlighters lately too. My ALL TIME favorite palette is the one by E.L.F.!