Fake the Glow: 13 Editor-Approved Highlighters to Buy Now

Finally, spring is here. And this season, it’s all about minimal makeup: flushed cheeks, neutral eyes and that perfectly dewy glow. So throw out your heavy foundations and creams and let your skin do the work–with with a little help of course. Here, W editors reveal their favorite highlighters to help get that miracle glow now.


“The mark of a good highlighter is that it elicits comments about how ‘glowing’ your skin is, not how pretty your makeup looks. Glossier’s Haloscope does just that, in that it seems to melt seamlessly into my skin and imparts a beautiful sheen and specifically in the case of Topaz, a bronzy effect that makes me look like I’m permanently post-spring break.” – Vanessa Lawrence, Senior Features Writer

Glossier Haloscope in Topaz, $22,


“Rose Marie Swift just took my favorite shades and put them in a palette. The pearlescent living luminizer looks good on everyone.” —Mia Adorante, Beauty and Health Editor

RMS Signature Set in Mod Collection, $44,


“This is the best illuminator I’ve found to give my skin a natural glow. It’s not sparkly at all and gives my cheeks a healthy shine and glow.” – Chrystin Bunion, Executive Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief

Plissé Lumière De Chanel, $70,


“My friends and I have recently gotten into the concept of day highlighters (a novel idea for us, as we are not Kardashians). This, however, is not that. I love the slightly-metallic glow this highlighter gives to elevate a nighttime beauty look.”- Lauren McCarthy, Digital Fashion News Editor

Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter, $30,


“I love this powder duo for creating a bit of glow on my skin. I barely have to put on any at all, but I always feel like it leaves me glowing all day! I love having both shades to play with contrast; I use the lighter shade for a little extra light during the day, but will add the darker shade to take my look into the evening.” – Alexandra Pastore, Fashion Assistant

Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Powder Duo, $80,


“I absolutely love this radiance booster pen from Dior. The Flash Luminizer not only hides unwanted blemishes on your face but brightens darker areas brightening the entire face. The packaging is pretty chic too. I’m sadly running out and can’t wait to get more!” – Courtney Costello, Fashion Market Assistant

Dior Flash Luminzer Radiance Booster Pen, $40,


“It’s totally natural, so I feel good about putting it on my skin and it smells amazing” – Devon Head, Fashion Assistant to Edward Enninful

Tata Harper Very Illuminating, $40,


“Antonym’s Endless Summer blush is the perfect amount of pink. Thanks to its silky texture it glides on perfectly and lasts all day. Not to mention it’s made with certified organic ingredients, so you know it’s safe for your skin!” – Gillian Sagansky, Contributing Writer

Certified Organic Baked Highlighter Endless Summer, $42,


“I use this in my every day makeup routine to help enhance my cheekbones and and brightens up my overall complexion.” – Gabriella De Givenchy, Fashion Market Assistant

Radial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Highlighting, $57,


“Glossier’s haloscope highlighter is my favorite. The cream stick provides a dewy sparkle that creates a natural glow. Aside from using it as a traditional highlighter, I’ve tried using it around my eyes and lids as well and love the look.” – Meredith Jayme, Jewelry Coordinator

Glossier Haloscope, $22,


“It’s creamy formula allows for that perfectly “natural glow” that you can blend in with your fingers without that glittery, sticky feeling. It’s a makeup bag staple.” – Nada Abouarrage, Beauty Assistant

Nars The Multiple, $39,


“I use the Glossier highlighter paired with the Anastasia Glow Kit. It amplifies your cheek and brow bones when you use a great contour alongside with it.” – Alyssa Pena, Fashion Credits Editor

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit, $40,


“Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops are pretty much the Holy Grail of highlighting! The drops are concentrated, so I just mix them with my moisturizer or foundation if I want an all-over glow. But you can also just tap them right onto whatever feature you’d like to add some shimmer to—the result is otherworldly!” – Roseann Marulli, Associate Managing Editor

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops, $42,