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Behold: The 5 Best Highlighters for That Super-Subtle Glow

No megawatt glitter or shimmer here, folks.

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Fact: The best highlighters should be the ones you don’t even know are there—the ones that leave your skin looking naturally dewy, glowy, and luminescent, rather than shimmery and glittery. Seem like a tall order? Not for these five tested-and-approved highlighters, below, which are guaranteed to give you that ever-elusive, super-soft highlight, no games involved.

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1 MegaGlo Highlighting Powder
Wet n Wild ulta.com
$5.99

If the last time you wore Wet ‘N Wild was in junior high, you’ve got about a decade of making up to do, because this iridescent powder has become a cult-favorite among the beauty community for its legit shade range (light pink for fair skin, champagne for light-to-medium skin, apricot for medium-to-dark skin, and copper for dark-to-deep skin tones) and for the super-natural, super-subtle glimmer it leaves behind.

2 Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter
Marc Jacobs Beauty sephora.com
$32.00

This coconut-infused gel highlighter will up your skin's hydration factor, resulting in a dewy sheen that works on every skin tone. Mix it with your foundation or primer or use on it's own, but note—a little goes a long way (as noted by reviewers!). Translation: It's worth the money because it'll last you forever.

3 Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Powder
Courtesy
Becca amazon.com
$36.55

This little powder highlighter has the magical ability to look good on literally all skin tones (yes, even deep skin) without looking chalky, ashy, or sparkly, thanks to its mix of both warm apricot and cool peach undertones. Lightly sweep it over your cheekbones and eyelids with a fan brush for a diffused finish.

4 Living Luminizer
RMS Beauty sephora.com
$38.00

Okay, we’re aware that recommending a pearly-white highlighter for anyone other than the ultra-pale seems like a cruel joke, but that’s why this little highlighter has received so much praise over the last year: It truly looks good on all skin tones. The balm-like formula is super sheer with just a hint of iridescence (so, you know, basically the definition of a dewy) and a faint, blueish undertone, which gives skin the illusion of a naturally bright glow.

5 The Multiple
Nars ulta.com
$39.00
6 Lit Up Highlight Stick
Westman Atelier sephora.com
$48.00
7 Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter
Fenty Beauty sephora.com
$36.00
8 Skin Fetish Highlighter & Balm Duo
Pat McGrath Labs sephora.com
$48.00
9 FaceStudio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter
Maybelline ulta.com
$9.99
10 Haloscope
Glossier glossier.com
$22.00
11 Beauty Liquid Highlighter Wand
Charlotte Tilbury sephora.com
$38.00
12 Luminizing Glow Powder
Honest Beauty target.com
$14.99
13 Endless Glow Highlighter
bareMinerals ulta.com
$29.00
14 SkinLights Prismatic Highlighter
Revlon ulta.com
$11.99
15 Illuminating Cream Highlighter
Beauty Counter beautycounter.com
$32.00
16 High Beam Liquid Highlighter
Benefit Cosmetics ulta.com
$18.00
17 Contour & Highlight Stick
Anastasia Beverly Hills ulta.com
$25.00
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