The Beauty Trend that Took Over 2016: Highlighter

The Beauty Trend that Took Over 2016: Highlighter

2016 has been the year that women have fallen in love with all things highlight! There are several go-to highlight brands and products out there on the market that all range in both price and style.


The most popular and best highlighter according to Cosmo U.K. is the Anastasia Beverly Hills So Hollywood Illuminator. It’s about 34 dollars but so worth every penny for that illuminated glow. 

Looking for something you can easily apply all over? Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Powder is the one for you. There is no need to apply an Instagram filter to your photos if you have this beautiful highlight on, it will give you that beautiful glow without it!

Another classic highlighter that a lot of beauty gurus are still in love with is MACs Mineralize Skin Finish Powder in Soft and Gentle, which was probably one of the first highlighters on the market!

No list would be complete without the biggest highlighter of the year – Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfectors (we love the cream and liquid versions of this, as well!). Thanks to a partnership with YouTuber, Jaclyn Hill, their trendiest shade, Champagne Pop, exploded all over YouTube and beyond.


Benefit’s Watt’s Up! highlighter is a bit cheaper and has a dual stick design that allows you to apply highlight on one end and blend it in with the other – this is our go-to for every day on our cheekbones, browbone, and inner-eye corners as it never looks too done.

Looking for a multi-tasker? Try out the NYX Wonder stick, which makes contouring and highlighting your face easy! You have one stick with a contour side and a highlight side, so all it takes is blending out a few easy strokes you are good to go.

Remember the strobing trend? You can blame that all on MAC’s Strobe Cream, which we still love for a more subdued highlight these days. Simply blend onto the cheekbones or mix with your foundation for an all-over glow.


Turning to another style of highlight, NARS’ Hot Sand Illuminator is a  liquid highlighter out that will make you have a romantic candlelit glow all day long!

The final highlighter that has been flying off shelves is Cover FX’s Customer Enhancer Drops, which Sephora users cannot stop raving about – seriously, check out the 400+ reviews for yourself!

What is your favorite highlighter obsession at the moment? Let us know!


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