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Top 10 Best Highlighters In India | Updated February 2021

top 10 best highlighter in india

91%

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e.l.f Cosmetics Studio Baked Highlighter
  • Pearlescent finish
  • Non-streaky formula
  • Perfect glow

89%

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Maybelline Metallic Highlighter
  • Golden sheen
  • Long-lasting
  • Very affordable

88%

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Becca Shimmering Perfector Highlighter
  • Creamy finish
  • Feels luxurious
  • Various shades
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Highlighters are key to making your makeup gleam and for your high points shine through. A full face of foundation and concealing can make the face look pale and plain like a canvas. Contour, Blush and Highlight creates that extra definition to the face and makes the high points of the face pop – such as the bridge of the nose, chin, upper cheeks, brow bone and inner corner of the eye. In this article, I have listed some of the best highlighters in India that can help you win the shiny glass face trend.

Top 10 Best Highlighters | Product Reviews

  1. e.l.f Studio Baked Highlighter

Critik Overall Rating
91%

Our Review

This pearl finish highlighter is no ordinary highlighter – up your game with a baked highlighter with a shiny finish each time.
  • Quantity : 5gms
  • Best Highlighter choice
  • Infused with skincare ingredients

FORMULA

98%

COVERAGE

97%

COLOUR PAY - OFF

98%

VALUE FOR MONEY

91%

USER RATING

82%

BRAND TRUST

80%
Pros : Cons :
Sheer pigmentation Need to scrape outer layer
Can be used for a natural glow
Pearlescent hue
Has a light pink colour
Infused with the goodness of Vitamin E

About Product :

e.l.f Cosmetics is one of the best midrange to high end cosmetics brand and this product has managed to steal the hearts of women worldwide with its quality.

Product Features :

  • Pearl finished shimmy base in a very light pinkish tone that suits most skin tones and for warm to neutral undertones
  • Has a beautiful sheer pigmentation that is very buildable and can be custom applied suitable to each occasion
  • An easy to carry product with a pressed and baked powder format and has a very portable packaging perfect for highlighting on the go

  1. theBalm Manizer Liquid Highlighter

Critik Overall Rating
90%

Our Review

The Mary Lou Manizer changed the way the world saw highlighters, so much so that one would assume this was the mother of all highlighters. We are not kidding!
  • Quantity : 5.5gms
  • Best user friendly highlighter
  • Liquid highlighting cream

FORMULA

98%

COVERAGE

99%

COLOUR PAY - OFF

93%

VALUE FOR MONEY

90%

USER RATING

84%

BRAND TRUST

78%
Pros : Cons :
Most recommended highlighter Product quantity is quite less
Comes in two different shades
Wand applicator is thin
Used both as a thin coat
Gives a long lasting sheen

About Product :

The Manizer Liquid Highlighter comes in 2 different shades – a soft pink which is the Mary-Dew Manizer and golden tint which is the Berry-Dew Maniser. Both of them are gorgeous hues.

Product Features :

  • This highlighter is one of the best liquid highlighters in town – the creamy formula is supremely pigmented and gives a blinding glow
  • The highlighter comes in a bottle with a wand and can be applied precisely onto small areas such as eyebrow bone, bridge of the nose, inner corner of the eye, archers bow etc
  • For a bigger portion such as the chin and the cheeks, you can cover the area in dot and blend with a brush or dab on with a beauty blender to reveal a stunning glow

  1. Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter

Critik Overall Rating
89%

Our Review

The best affordable and quality brand does it again, the metallic highlighter leaves you looking like a bronze goddess with its metallic sheen
  • Quantity : 6.7gms
  • Metallic pigmentation
  • Best Budget Pick Highlighter

FORMULA

96%

COVERAGE

94%

COLOUR PAY - OFF

96%

VALUE FOR MONEY

87%

USER RATING

70%

BRAND TRUST

88%
Pros : Cons :
Gives your skin a warm look Not highly pigmented
A very buildable formula
An easy to carry format
Makes your cheekbones prominent

About Product :

The Maybelline Metallic highlighter comes in 2 shades – the Molten Gold and the Molten Rose gold that both suit normal skin and match warm and cold undertones respectively.

Product Features :

  • The Maybelline Highlighter is a godsend for makeup lovers on a budget. This very affordable highlighter comes in 2 shades that go beautifully well on indian skin tones
  • The metallic sheen that the formula offers is unmistakably blinding and makes you look gorgeous with a golden touch
  • The formula is not sheer but not too pigmented so it can be easily brushed on to form the most favourable tint of highlight

  1. Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Perfector Pressed Highlighter

Critik Overall Rating
88%

Our Review

A premium, posh and luxurious treat for your skin, the Becca Highlighter is nothing short of a ray of sunshine on your face.
  • Quantity : 8gms
  • Best Premium Choice Highlighter
  • Variety of shades

FORMULA

85%

COVERAGE

94%

COLOUR PAY - OFF

85%

VALUE FOR MONEY

83%

USER RATING

92%

BRAND TRUST

89%
Pros : Cons :
Comes in super luxurious wide pan Expensive
Has a gemstone finish
Just one sweep is enough
Feels very soft

About Product :

The Becca Shimmering Highlight comes in a big pan of pressed highlighter cake with a mirror in a black case. Do not mistake it by its simple looks, the product within is astounding.

Product Features :

  • A pressed highlighter format, this highlighter comes in a variety of shades such as opal, moonstone, topaz, champagne, prosecco, Rose gold, pearl etc
  • Comes with a mirror so you can apply on the go, wet or dry, use a brush or a blender to apply
  • The champagne and moonstone varieties of the highlighter range is the top selling. The champagne has a touch of white gold with peach and the moonstone has silver accents

  1. NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator

Critik Overall Rating
83%

Our Review

This shiny liquid highlighter is what dreams are made of, lose yourself in this glow getter, multipurpose highlighter that will change your makeup game
  • Quantity : 18ml
  • Best Multipurpose Highlighter
  • Comes in golden sheens

FORMULA

78%

COVERAGE

80%

COLOUR PAY - OFF

79%

VALUE FOR MONEY

88%

USER RATING

84%

BRAND TRUST

87%
Pros : Cons :
Easy to carry tube Quantity is less
Comes in 4 varieties
Sunbeam have soft peach
Stays on for a long time

About Product :

The NYX Liquid illuminator is a multipurpose cream that can be used as is or as a base for your makeup. It can be even used as a face cream and has a mild luminosity to it.

Product Features :

  • A light cream based formula that blends and seamlessly covers the face and be used as a luminous day cream
  • It can also be used as a body highlighter due to its creamy consistency. Mixing it with body lotion or body oil works miraculously
  • It can blended with your foundation for a glowy base or use it as a highlighter to dab on to the high points and blend it with a brush

  1. Wet n Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder

Critik Overall Rating
81%

Our Review

The Wet and Wild Megaglo range of highlighters are true to its claim for a mega glow effect and all this under a budget. Now who would not want that?
  • Quantity : 5.6gms
  • Best compact highlighter
  • Comes in 4 shades

FORMULA

87%

COVERAGE

78%

COLOUR PAY - OFF

76%

VALUE FOR MONEY

78%

USER RATING

84%

BRAND TRUST

80%
Pros : Cons :
Has a buttery feel Felt a bit streaky
Has a silvery finish
Lasts for a long time
Very easy to carry product

About Product :

The Wet n Wild Highlighters are gorgeously pigmented and come in an easy to carry plastic case with the flashy shades gleaming through

Product Features :

  • The product comes in 4 awe striking shades – Blossom Glow, Precious Petals, Botanic Dream and Royal Calyx
  • The shades are designed to go with each kind of skin type and skin undertones. From peach, pink, cool, neutral and warm undertones.
  • The product comes in a pressed compact format and in a considerably large pan that lasts for a long time

  1. Makeup Revolution Sophx Highlighter Palette

Critik Overall Rating
79%

Our Review

This highlighting palette is a necessity to your makeup closet if you are a highlighting junkie for its stunning varied shades
  • Quantity : 16gms
  • Best Highlighter Palette
  • 8 universal shades

FORMULA

76%

COVERAGE

75%

COLOUR PAY - OFF

74%

VALUE FOR MONEY

76%

USER RATING

90%

BRAND TRUST

81%
Pros : Cons :
8 different shades Shades were too powdery
Comes in a classic makeup revolution
Highlight on the go
The shades can be mixed

About Product :

This Highlighter Palette has everything, earthy browns, pearly pinks, iridescent greens and blues and glittery golden shades.

Product Features :

  • This palette is your go-to for all your highlighting requirements, it has 8 beautiful shades
  • There are both baked as well as compressed shades and all of them have a Sheen and glittery finish to them
  • The theme concentrates on universally flattering shades that anyone can wear without having to buy multiple products

  1. Benefit Cosmetics Liquid HighlightersBenefit

Critik Overall Rating
77%

Our Review

The Benefit range of liquid highlighters have a nature inspired charm to it and feels like summer shades in a bottle.
  • Quantity : 13ml
  • Best Natural Shine Highlighters
  • Soft, shimmery shades

FORMULA

72%

COVERAGE

73%

COLOUR PAY - OFF

72%

VALUE FOR MONEY

71%

USER RATING

81%

BRAND TRUST

93%
Pros : Cons :
Liquid texture with suspended shimmers Might feel too light
Sheer pigmentation blends effortlessly
Perfect for everyday use
The formula is very light

About Product :

The Benefit Cosmetics range of Highlighters are packaged in a gorgeous shiny bottle and comes in 3 varieties and in 2 sizes, the full size and the travel friendly minis.

Product Features :

  • The highlighters have 3 naturally shimmery shades inspired from everyday things such as summer, nature and the sun.
  • The shades are Sun Beam which has warm golden undertone, High Beam which has a cool pink undertone and Shy Dandelion which has a neutral to cool peach undertone
  • The shades are beautiful even when they are mixed and matched and can be bought as a minis set perfect for travelling and customising

  1. MAC Mineralize SkinFinish - Soft & Gentle

Critik Overall Rating
77%

Our Review

A MAC product speaks for itself and how could we go without including MAC to our list? Experience soft shimmery highlight with this natural highlighter
  • Quantity : 10gms
  • Best Oily Skin Highlighter
  • Earthy Tone

FORMULA

69%

COVERAGE

68%

COLOUR PAY - OFF

67%

VALUE FOR MONEY

69%

USER RATING

94%

BRAND TRUST

94%
Pros : Cons :
Perfect for oily skin None
Soft and powdery texture
The formula is very buildable
Help control excess sebum

About Product :

This Pressed Powder highlighter has a beautiful sheer coverage and has a velvety finish on skin and is preferred by many makeup bloggers for its simplicity

Product Features :

  • The product comes in a large size pan in a compressed powder format with a transparent clip top to secure the product from fallouts
  • The product has a formula which is sheer and soft and lasts for a long time on the skin
  • The formula contains minerals that help in correction of oil release without clogging pores

  1. Too Faced Love Light Highlighter

Critik Overall Rating
66%

Our Review

Find your inner shine and let it gleam through with this Love Light range of Highlighter by Too Faced, the most inclusive brand currently in market
  • Quantity : 9gms
  • Best Packaging Highlighter
  • Incandescent Shades

FORMULA

55%

COVERAGE

54%

COLOUR PAY - OFF

56%

VALUE FOR MONEY

56%

USER RATING

82%

BRAND TRUST

95%
Pros : Cons :
Buttery soft formula Needs to be scraped
Looks matte on the skin
Comes in 2 shades
The shades are universally flattering

About Product :

The Too Faced Love Light Highlighter is one of the most unique highlighters which takes into consideration all kinds of skin and is inclusive towards men and women

Product Features :

  • One of the most elegant and beautiful packaging in the highlighter markert, this product is eye-catchy and charismatic to look at
  • The highlighter is inspired by the 2 shades of natural lighting, sunshine and moonshine
  • The product comes in these 2 shades and in a very silky creamy formula that is buttery to the touch and feels like silk on the skin

Conclusion

These are the 10 best Highlighters in India. They are a perfect addition to your makeup routine. Like we discussed, highlighters are most important when it comes to making your face’s high points really shine through. A highlighted face helps the light to disperse off the face and create a luminous appearance. A goddess like glass skin is so easily achievable with a single stroke or a droplet of a highlighter.

Highlighters are also available in the form of body oils and body shimmers these days that help highlight your body parts such as cleavages, legs, shoulder blade, neck and back. Body shimmer oils make you look heavenly and god-send is perfect for sunny days or on the beach. They glisten when the sun rays touch the body and give out a luxurious feel to touch. Also, they help in tanning the skin a bit so if you have a pale white body and would love some colour or tan, a body shimmer oil will help. Alternatively, you can mix some highlighter with some natural carrier oil or light lotion such as coconut oil or almond oil and apply this mixture to your legs, back, arms and shoulder blades for a beautiful Miami or Hawaii vacay tan but created in the comfort of your home.

Applying Highlighter, The Right Way

Using a highlighter can be tricky for a novice. There is a science behind the highlight effect which needs to be heeded in order to get the perfect result. Follow the tips below to help you nail a well highlighted look each time:

1. Choose The Highlighter Texture For You

Highlighters come in all kinds of texture, liquid, jelly, cream, powder etc. Based on your skin type you must choose the right texture for your face. Otherwise the highlighter might not work very well for your skin. If you have oily skin, a powder or jelly based highlighter may work best. If you have dry skin, liquid and cream highlighters would be perfect. Not considering your skin type might end up making your highlighter look oily or dull on your skin.

2. Focus On Your High Points

The high points of a face are upper cheek areas, temples, Chin, Bridge of the nose, Archers’ bow, under the brow bone, inner corner of the eyes and your neck line. If you have a round face, a good highlighting pattern can make your face look leaner and sharper. For an elongated face, a highlighter can soften those sharp curves and make your face look subtler. So finding your high points based on your face type is very key to the highlighting effect.

3. Creating The Right Illusion

Once you have identified the high points based on your face, create a mental pattern of your highlight. For round faces, highlight from above the cheeks all the way to the brow bone and the temples. This will make your face look leaner.Blend the highlighter upwards and outwards. Focus on the bridge of the nose and the eyes. For elongated faces, highlight just around the cheeks and focus on the chin. Blend inwards for a softer, rounder outlook.

4. Blend Away

Blending is essential. Patchy highlighters are the worst nightmares of a well done face. IF you are using a liquid or jelly highlighter, place a few drops on your high points and blend in circular outward motion. Buff it out with a damp beauty blender for a perfectly synced look. For cream and powder highlighters, pick up the product with a highlighter brush and tap off the excess. Apply in mild and slow strokes focussing on blending with the makeup base. Buff out with a beauty blender.

5. Highlighter Alternatives

If you are completely new to highlighters, start out by using your eyeshadow palette. Mix a few glittery or shimmery shades with your brush and use them in the same techniques as above on your high points, blending the colours slowly. You can mix the shades with a few soft matte shades to get the perfect coloured highlighter such as soft pink, cream, peach or even gold. For a gorgeous glass skin look, mix a few drops of highlighter in your BB Cream or foundation to get a beautiful shimmery appearance.

FAQs

1. Are highlighters safe on the skin?

All highlighters listed here are dermatologically tested and certified to be safe on skin. The glitter particles remove easily when washed and cause no harm to the skin whatsoever.

2. What are the ingredients to avoid in Highlighters?

Avoid SLS, Parabens, Artificial colour or fragrance when it comes to highlighters. Also check if the formula is skin safety tested and non-comedogenic so that it does not block the pores on the face.

3. How do highlighters work?

Highlighters are light reflective compounds mixed in a base of makeup. This compound when applied to the skin, reflects natural or artificial light and makes your skin look glowy and glamorous.

4. What is the glass skin trend with reference to highlighters?

A few drops of highlighter in your makeup base such as your BB Cream or your foundation can give you a shiny base and make your skin gleam from within like glass. This base needs only concealing and contouring as the idea is to keep it soft and subtle with a glass like sheen.

5. How is body shimmer different from highlighter? Can they be used interchangeably?

Body shimmers come as dusting powders or body oils and are usually for the legs and body and not suitable for the face as they are highly pigmented and can cause your pores to block. So we recommend using only a face highlighter on the face. Although you can mix your face highlighter in a base of oil or lotion and use that as a body shimmer.