7 Highlighting Sticks That Guarantee A Healthy Glow
7 Highlighting Sticks That Guarantee A Healthy Glow

7 Highlighting Sticks That Guarantee A Healthy Glow

Modern-day highlighters come in many forms, but for fool-proof application and natural-looking results, we swear by a highlighting stick. With a creamy, reflective texture that offers instant radiance, they’re a make-up bag essential. Here are seven we love.
By Rebecca Hull

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The Cult Classic…

Baume Essentiel Multi-Use Glow Stick, £35 | Chanel

This is a make-up artist favourite for a reason. Clear and glossy – but not too theatrical – it can be scribbled onto skin and over eyelids for a long-lasting glow. It looks really natural  – there’s no chunky shimmer in the formula – so expect it to deliver the same sort of radiance you might see after a facial. Start by applying a small amount onto the apples of your cheeks, then blend it upwards towards your cheekbones. A little above the arch of your brow bone looks flattering, too.

Available at JohnLewis.com

The Skin Nourisher…

Dewy Skin Stix, £19 | Ciaté

Made with hyaluronic acid and softening murumuru butter, this feels as good on the skin as it looks. Scribble it on and use your fingers or a brush to buff it into your skin. Buildable, the texture allows you to create a megawatt sheen for night time, or a soft hint of dewiness for day. It’s perfect for creating that ‘no make-up make-up look’ – just make sure you work with the waxy texture fast so it doesn’t dry down too quickly.

Available at CiateLondon.com

The Sculpter…

Chubby Stick In Hefty Highlight, £22.50 | Clique

This is so easy to take with you on the go. Roll it over your cheeks – or anywhere you want to enhance – and the soft, shimmery texture will sculpt and shape your best features. It’s smooth and easy to blend, giving you the kind of speedy, natural-looking glow that really goes the distance. We love applying it on cheeks, but it works well over the brow bone to give the eyes a wider, more awake look. 

Available at Boots.com

The Dewy One…

Match Stix Glow Stick In Purrrl, £23 | Fenty Beauty

Designed to give skin that wet, glossy finish, this stick is completely translucent and the texture is akin to Vaseline – albeit without the same greasy residue. Worn alone, it gives skin an unbeatable dewiness, but it also works well with other textures, including glitter and powder, over eyelids. Universally flattering, it’s a great solution for those wanting to highlight all the right places. Use a little over the lips, too – the glossiness will plump them up and enhance any colour you apply on top.

Available at Boots.com

The Budge-Proof Buy…

Haloscope Sticks, £19 | Glossier

Glossier’s popular Haloscope sticks are known for their longevity. Full of coconut, castor and sweet almond oil, they glide on smoothly and deliver that glazed effect we love. There are three shades – ‘Moonstone’, ‘Quartz’ and ‘Topaz’ – and each one contains real crystals for an even more impressive glow. We love how the twist-up tubes make application easy for beginners. 

Available at Glossier.com

The Affordable Option…

Radiant Touch Creamy Stick Highlighter, £9.99 | Kiko

Kiko is home to some of the best affordable make-up on the market and that includes this creamy highlighter. Made with jojoba oil, it feels hydrating on the skin, while the silky texture blends like a dream. It’s sheer and lightweight, so you can keep the look subtle, or layer it up for added luminosity. Use it on the highest points of your face, focusing on areas like the bridge of your nose and your cupid’s bow. The fine shimmer particles catch the light beautifully.

Available at KikoCosmetics.com

The Multi-Tasker…

RÓGLOW Skin Sticks, £39.99 | RÓEN

These multi-tasking sticks can be used on the face, chest and shins for an all-over glow. Like others on this list, they’re full of nourishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid and broccoli seed oil, both of which help to achieve a plumped-up, fresh, glow. Easy to swipe on and blend, they work well with other textures too, so you never get anything rolling off or wrinkling up. Extra points go to the lack of talc, parabens and silicones – all of which can potentially irritate those prone to sensitivities. 

Available at Naturismo.com

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