Nothing screams youthful, natural beauty more than radiant skin. And the secret to an instant, gorgeous glow? Highlighter. Powders, creams, liquids, gels – there’s no shortage of choice when it comes to what form they come in, but for foolproof ease of use, you need to invest in a strobing stick.
Not only is there no risk of ending up with a smashed or cracked powder, but they’re also perfectly portable (just pop in your handbag for touch-ups), amazing multitaskers (you can use them on your eyes, lips, and body), and easy to use. You can create a subtle sheen or a full-on glow as they’re easily buildable with just a sweep of your stick.
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Whether applied straight to the skin or with your fingers, these super sticks will add a high-shine finish to wherever you want to add a glow. Focus on the high panes of your face, where light naturally hits: along your cheekbones, across your bow bone, and down the bridge of your nose. For an on-trend strobe, you can use it as an eyeshadow, on your lips, or even across your collarbones for an added boost. Regardless, we’re declaring these the best highlighting sticks in the business.
Benefit 'Watt's Up! Highlighter'
This cream-to-powder highlighter is just the ticket to getting a gorgeous, natural glow that won’t leave you looking like a disco ball. Its champagne tone gives warmth to the skin and works on all complexions, giving you a subtle sheen with just a slick.
Benefit ‘Watt’s Up! Highlighter’
Fenty Beauty 'Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick'
No one does deserves the title of ‘Queen of Strobing’ more than Rihanna. You’ll shine bright like a diamond, literally, with her high-shine Fenty Beauty stick highlighters that combine a lightweight, long-wear formula with ten stunning shades so you can mix things up depending on your makeup mood. There’s everything from the platinum-lilac ‘Unicorn’ to the golden-papaya ‘Ridiic’ and the gilded bronze ‘Rum’. A slick of these – whether worn alone or blended together – and you’ll glow all night long.
Fenty Beauty ‘Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick’
BECCA 'Skin Love Glow Glaze Stick'
Dewy skin is always in, so BECCA’s ‘Skin Love Glow Glaze Stick’ gets our vote for the ultimate faux glow. Instead of a lot of shimmer and sparkle, it gives skin a dewy, healthy glow and a glossy finish. And, in true BECCA style, it’s enriched with a cocktail of skin-loving ingredients (including ginger, cold-pressed avocado, vitamin C, and melon) to nourish, hydrate, and brighten skin from within.
BECCA ‘Skin Love Glow Glaze Stick’
Milk Makeup Holographic Stick Highlighter
If you’re not afraid to add some cool color to your highlight, make Milk Makeup your go-to. We particularly love the lilac stick, which features hyper-lavender, golden peach, and prismatic pink hues, and works on all skin tones to create a 3D, holographic highlight. Infused with mango butter, coconut oil, and meteorite powder (true story), it glides seamlessly onto skin for an other-worldly gleam – literally.
Milk Makeup ‘Holographic Stick Highlighter’
Marc Jacobs 'Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator'
Despite its sheer, creamy formula, this glistening stick packs a serious glow-getting punch. Using the perfect balance of silver and pearly gold pigments (which means it suits both warm and cool skin tones), it imparts a mist-like radiance without feeling sticky or wet – all thanks to a unique lab process that each product goes through. Thanks to its creamy texture, it fuses with skin for a natural-looking, high-shine finish.
Marc Jacobs ‘Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator’
MAKE Beauty 'Moon Stick'
Exuding celestial vibes aplenty, MAKE Beauty’s ‘Moon Stick’ is the next best thing to standing under the moonlight and soaking up its glow. Offering creamy, blendable color and a nourishing formula bursting with antioxidants as well as vitamins A, C, and E, it protects and perfects for a soft, white highlight.
MAKE Beauty ‘Moon Stick’
Pinch of Colour 'Honey Glow Waterless Balm'
Not only is this shimmer stick cruelty-free and paraben-free, it’s also water-free. Yes, that’s right – it calms and hydrates skin whilst imparting a radiant, dewy glow – all without a drop of H2O. Helping protect one of the world’s most precious resources, Pinch of Colour uses a rich blend of botanical extracts, shea butter, vitamin E, and healing honey extract to prime and moisturize skin while adding instant radiance wherever you need it most.
Pinch of Colour ‘Honey Glow Waterless Balm’