These Makeup Artist–Approved Highlighter Palettes Look A+ on Literally Everyone


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I find it pretty comforting to know that dewy, glowing, and youthful skin is just a swipe away on any given day. Yes, skincare helps, but I'm talking about my makeup item of choice (always), a good highlighter. If I were stranded on a desert island and could only have three makeup products, well, it would definitely be one of them. Because, at least if I'm stranded on an island somewhere, I'll appear like I'm just casually vacationing and working on my summer glow (spoken like a true beauty editor—I know).

My only slight gripe with a lot of highlighters these days is that they aren't always flattering on all skin tones. Especially as a woman of color, I've found some of them just don't even show up on my skin at all. That's why I've made it my mission to find the most universally flattering highlighter palettes out there. And, of course, I've enlisted the help of two top celebrity makeup artists, Tobi Henney and Monika Blunder, to provide us with their recs. Keep scrolling for the best highlighter palettes that look good on literally everyone.

Tobi Henney, Celebrity Makeup Artist


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1. Tom Ford Soleil Sheer Highlighting Duo in Reflects Gilt

2. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Sculpt & Highlight Palette

3. Chanel Eclat Magnétique de Chanel Illuminating Powder


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4. Dior Backstage Glow Face Palette in Glitz

5. MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle

Monika Blunder, Celebrity Makeup Artist


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6. Pat McGrath Labs Divine Blush + Glow Trio in Galactic Sun

7. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette 

8. Charlotte Tilbury Nudegasm Face Palette

9. RMS Mini Living Luminizer Highlighter Glow Quad

10. Dior Forever Couture Luminizer Highlighter Powder

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Shawna Hudson
Associate Beauty Editor

Shawna Hudson has worked in editorial for over six years, with experience covering entertainment, fashion, culture, celebrities, and her favorite topic of all, beauty. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a degree in journalism and has written for other publications such as Bustle, The Zoe Report, Byrdie, Elite Daily, Mane Addicts, and more. She is currently an associate beauty editor at Who What Wear and hopes to continue feeding her (completely out-of-control) beauty obsession as long as she can. Stay up to date on her latest finds on Instagram @shawnasimonee.