Highlighting Sticks To Try For A Dewy Glow
Highlighting Sticks To Try For A Dewy Glow

Highlighting Sticks To Try For A Dewy Glow

These days, highlighters come in many forms, but for fool-proof application and natural-looking results, we believe a highlighting stick is a make-up bag essential. Here are eight that get our vote…
By Rebecca Hull

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Fenty Beauty Match Stix Glow Skin Stick in Purrl | £23

Best For: For A Wet-Look Glow… 

We love everything in the Fenty beauty range, and this highlighting stick is no exception. Designed to give skin a wet, glossy finish, it’s completely translucent with a texture akin to Vaseline – albeit without any sticky or greasy residue. Worn alone, it imparts an unbeatable dewiness, but it also works well with other textures, including glitter and powder – especially over eyelids. As it’s clear, this is universally flattering and a great solution for those wanting fuss-free sheen in all the right places. Use a little over the lips, too – the glossiness will plump them up and enhance any colour you apply over top. 

Available At Boots.com

Trish McEvoy Fast-Track Highlight Stick | £31

Best For: For On-The-Go… 

For a highlighter you can apply at speed, make this one your first port of call. In a crayon-style tube, simply sweep it on, blend it out with fingers and you’re good to go – no mirror necessary. Better still, the texture is sheer and light, so you never deposit too much ‘glow’ in one place. It’s a cream, so the formula quickly dries matte, but you won’t have to worry about it sliding off your face during the day. Ideal for the cheekbones, but again, make it work that bit harder by applying it to areas like your brow bone, eyelids and cupid’s bow.

Available At Selfridges.com

Nars Cosmetics The Multiple in Copacabana | £30

Best For: A Brightening Effect…

This iconic product is still one of the best multipurpose sticks on the market. Use it to contour or as an eyeshadow, and of course to bring out a soft, glossy highlight in the skin. Its creamy texture is easy to build to add some instant definition to your complexion, and the brightening effect is second to none. 

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

Pat McGrath Skin Fetish Highlighter + Balm | £45

Best For: For Sculpting Skin… 

This is one of the best options if you want to perk up a tired and dull-looking complexion. Double-ended, it uses two shades – a tinted highlighter and a glossy balm – to add dimension and radiance to your complexion. Available in several shades, it suits all skin tones, while the formula itself is laced with skin-loving ingredients like aloe vera, argan oil and hyaluronic acid. A little goes a long way, so you’ll find this lasts you for months on end. 

Available At Selfridges.com

Nudestix Glow Highlighter in Illumi-Naughty | £30

Best For: For Multi-Tasking… 

We love this shade from Nudestix, which is essentially a clear balm with some shimmer particles thrown in. Designed to be used like a chunky pen, simply scribble these sticks all over, using the brush on the other side to buff the formula into your skin. Non-sticky yet glossy in texture, it gives skin an expensive-looking sheen and also looks beautiful dabbed over lipstick and eyeshadow.

Available At CultBeauty.co.uk

Ilia Beauty Illuminator in Cosmic Dancer | £33

Best For: For Layering Up…

A-list make-up artists like Caroline Barnes swear by this compact highlighter. Sheer and delicate in texture, it couldn’t be easier to work with. Delivering the ideal amount of luminosity, the low shimmer levels catch the light beautifully. A must-try if you prefer your highlighter on the subtle side.

Available At NET-A-PORTER.com

Surratt Torche Lumiere Highlighter | £50

Best For: For Longevity… 

Many highlighters promise staying power, but when it comes to longevity, this one wins every time. Yes, it’s more expensive, but the luxurious texture and radiant, believable glow make it more than worth it. The formula includes finely-milled gold and diamond dust to give skin a healthy quality that looks great with or without any other make-up. Use it over the eyelids for something a bit different.

Available At CultBeauty.co.uk

Kiko Touch Creamy Stick Highlighter | £8.50

Best For: For An Affordable Option… 

Affordable make-up doesn’t get much better than this Creamy Stick Highlighter. The formula is brimming with jojoba oil, which locks moisture into the skin and gives it that seamless texture. Satisfying to touch, it blends well and can be amped up for more luminosity if needed. Use it on the highest points of your face, as well as areas like the bridge of your nose and your cupid’s bow. 

Available At Amazon.co.uk

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