Glow Up This Summer with the Best Highlighter Palettes Out Now

Follow along as we guide you through the best highlighter palettes to help you serve mermaid and SoCal beach babe looks just in time for summer. Palettes that make everyone go from ordinary to a luminescent goddess. Let's get started!

2017 saw many makeup trends come and go. Trends, like interrupted eyeliner, were too ‘meh’ to make it into 2018 and other regretful makeup trends materialized in the shape of wavy brows. But, there was one clear beauty trend that wooed us like no other. It turned plain Jane cheeks into dazzling, glittering high fashion cheekbones. That’s right, ladies. The glimmering glow from the best highlighter palettes is here to stay.

Highlighters are essential, especially during summer time. The beauty product adds a touch of sparkle and faux-sun instantly. And with summer right around the corner, you will want a little help before you can get your naturaltan on.

Follow along as we guide you through the best highlighter palettes to help you serve mermaid and SoCal beach babe looks just in time for summer. Palettes that make everyone go from ordinary to a luminescent goddess. Let’s get started!

5.) Huda Beauty 3D  Highlighter Palette – Summer Solstice

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Rating: 4.4 out 5 (Sephora)Price: $45.00Summary: For gals who want a glossy and vibrant glow

Huda Beauty has reinvented its iconic highlighter palette into the perfect palette for a summer glow that will turn heads. The palette comes with 4 vibrant colors. Those are Malibu (medium bronze), Saint Tropez (shimmering gold), Copacabana (pink powder) and Mykonos (semi-sheer purple and blue gleam); colors like a vivid sunset. Creator, Huda Kattan, says the highlighters were created to be as fun and playful as the hottest season of the year. ” All we could imagine was the intoxicating sensation of the sun on your shoulders and the euphoric feeling of freedom you get during the summer solstice. The collection embodies the carefree mood of the longest day of the year.”

Huda Beauty designed its Summer Solstice colors to be both vibrant and buildable. This palette is ideal for those who want to catch the sunset on their cheeks. How much rays you want to reflect is up to you.

4.) NYX Strobe Of Genius Highlighting Palette

Best Highlighter Palette Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette

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Rating: 4.4 out 5 (Amazon)Price: $14.50Summary: For disco queens who want to illuminate summer nights like strobe lights

Out of all of our choices for best highlighter palettes, NYX’s Strobe of Genius is the best deal. It’s less than half the cost of typical, pricy highlighters. It also comes with many glimmering shades. 7 to be exact. You will definitely get your money worth with NYX’s summer highlighters.

The shades themselves include everything a summer girl wants on her face. You can choose from gold, pink, peach and champagne but, what gives it that extra pizazz, is its lavender hue. The cool shade stands out against the other tones to bring out every killer feature a girl’s got. It’s ideal for strobing (a dewier look than highlighting and contouring). Other positive remarks from makeup shoppers include its easy blending, high pigmentation and (despite its packages appearance) it shimmering on skin without looking chalky or too glittery. For only $14 there is not much to debate. We think it’s a steal.

3.) Too Faced Natural Face Palette 

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Rating: 4.6 out 5 (Sephora)Price: $44.00Summary: For natural beautys who want to level up by one

Too Faced Natural Face Palette is a hallmark for any occasion that calls for a little light and tan. That’s what makes it the go-to for every almost-plain Jane—because, with one of the best highlighter palettes, it’s impossible to be ordinary. Too Faced face palette will bring out all the extraordinary features you’ve got. It’s Pink Wink, Sunny Honey and Tropic like Its Hot will brighten every face for a perfect, flirty finish.

Once again, this isn’t your mom’s ordinary blush. It’s actually a combination of 2 highlighters, 2 bronzers and 2 blushes. It’s an all-in-one tool for a summer day. Every powder is infused with coconut butter to hydrate your skin and feel comfy all day. The satin-soft powders are also buildable and never cakey.

What are you waiting for? Catch the attention of that dreamy surfer you’ve had your eye on all month with an au naturale glow.

2.) Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo

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Rating: 4.7 out 5 (Sephora)Price: $34.00Summary: For queens who want to a blind a man

Rihanna has done it again. The megastar is no longer loved for her hip-shaking music or stunning looks and fierce fashion. Her beauty line is the latest pursuit that has caused everyone to bow down. Rihanna has made it a point to make sure her beauty products are all-inclusive. Luckily for us, that means Fenty’s Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo will look great on each of us this summer.

Choose between 4 duo palettes for whichever tones match your outer glow most. Our summer favorites are Mean Money/Hu$tle Baby and Ginger Binge/Moscow Mule. Either one will give you sun-kissed skin instantly. The highlighters are weightless and meant for a long time wear that last way past sunset. Fenty Beauty lets you choose a dewy angelic look or blinding the next man you see.

1.) Bretman Rock x Morphe “Babe in Paradise”

best highlighter palettes Bretman Rock Babe in Paradise

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Rating: 5 out5 (Morphe)Price: $29.00Summary: For the beach goddess who wants lure every sailor nearby

Who DOESN’T want to look like a babe in paradise any summer? That’s why Instagram celebrity Bretman Rock teamed up with Morphe to create “high impact highlighters.” Highlighters unlike any you have ever seen before! They are daring, bold and the epitome of a major glow-up.

This is not one of the best highlighter palettes out, but THE best summer highlighter palette. Choose your shade. Babe in Paradise high impact beachy colors include Vaygation, Mahu and Get Lei’d; champagne, peachy and golden hues ready for poolside lounging!

Bretman wanted every beauty queen to be able to slay this season. For ultimate slaying he recommends highlighting your bikini body in your fav luminescent shade. Who said highlighting is just for the face? Girl, use this palette to highlight every inch of you!

Let us know which highlight palette is YOUR go-to in the comments below! If you want to get ready for summer even more check out “Get Fit with These Quick Home Workouts That’ll Make You Forget The Gym” for a bikini-ready bod!

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