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These Are The Highlighters That Will Give Your Face An Effortless Glow

What's the secret to "natural" glowing skin? Dab on a bit of highlighter. Here are our favourites.
#1: Innisfree Smart Drawing Strobing, $12.50
With its glittering gloss, this strobing base gives a three-dimensional effect to the face. The plump and luminous formula illuminates the skin and gives it a lustrous look with its delicate shimmer in the light. With its non-sticky and long-lasting finish, the highlight stays bright and smooth for the whole day. The applicator is a fine haired brush which allows for easy and quick application and adjustment of the right amount of formula. #2: Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick, US$44 (S$59), www.net-a-porter.com
Packaged in a sophisticated and minimalist triangle-shaped tube, this highlighting stick is pretty, but doesn’t compromise on quality. Infused with pearlescent pigments to brighten and illuminate, this creamy formula glides on smoothly, and can be easily buffed into cheeks with just your fingertips or a brush for a beautiful glow. Suitable for all skin types, the formula gives skin a dewy, radiant finish. #3: Clarins Instant Light Brush-On Perfector, $45
This brush-on perfector is a true multi-functional product – not only does it help to conceal and correct, it also doubles as a highlighter. In one quick stroke, conceal imperfections while firming and smoothing skin. There is also a tightening effect on skin upon application due to the presence of oat sugars, which helps to diminish signs of fatigue. Meanwhile, the Clarins Light Optimising Complex helps to illuminate and smooth skin. #4: Fenty Beauty Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick, $37, Sephora
This magnetised makeup stick from Rihanna’s wildly successful makeup line is a longwear, multi-purpose stick that helps to highlight, blush and bronze. The light-as-air, cream-to-powder formula is shimmery, weightless, blendable, and perfect for layering. There are 10 universal colours available, from low-key tangerine sheen to all-out violet iridescence. To apply, simply swipe onto skin and blend with fingers or a highlighting brush. #5: Laneige Brush Highlighter
This soft brush highlighter gives skin added dimension, and imbues it with a glowing, natural-looking finish. The 3-way, vibrant pink pearl HD highlighting technology produces a defined, clean, vibrant and slightly pink-toned hue, while the dense 0.05mm bristles make the brush feel soft and luxurious, allowing one to highlight like a professional makeup artist. Pro tip: apply a small amount to avoid harsh edges, and add layers onto areas that require more emphasis. #6: Maybelline Facestudio Master Strobing Stick, $18.90
This illuminating highlighter has a creamy formula that open the eyes and slims down the face, depending on how you apply the product. With micro-fine pearls to boost skin glow, the formula is designed for Asian skin and is suitable for all skin types. For best results, highlight and accentuate the top of cheekbones, the highest point of nose, the cupid’s bow, brow bone and inner corner of eyes. #7: Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder
This cult highlighting powder has made an impressive comeback. This high-impact, light-reflective powder gives skin shimmering pink or bronze highlights (depending on which shade you choose) and is ideal for strobing. Housed in a sleek, mirrored compact, this highlighter is perfect for touch-ups on the go, and is great for travelling. #8: Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter, US$48 (S$64), www.net-a-porter.com
One of the brand’s best-selling products, this illuminating highlighter is inspired by the designer’s love of coconut water. With a universally flattering gold-peach hue, the creamy formula is created by blending five coconut actives and Provitamin B5, resulting in a product that hydrates, refreshes and conditions. Using your fingers or a brush, apply one-to-two pumps directly under or over foundation, or simply mix it into foundation. #9: 3CE Marble Highlighter, $26, Sephora
This compact, portable, pearlescent baked type highlighter creates a natural contour finish. Suitable for all skin types, the longwear and lightweight formula means there’s no need for retouching the whole day, and the product also doesn’t leave caking. To apply, use a large powder brush and brush the powder gently on the forehead, nose, chin, or anywhere you would like to highlight in a circular motion. #10: Etude House Play 101 Stick, $24
This multi-function colour stick for eyes, cheeks and lips delivers high-impact shimmer with a smooth and sheer finish. With a cream-to-powder formula, the product comes in a variety of shades, from a lighter peachy pink to a beautiful raspberry shade to a silvery ivory hue. Depending on the colour you choose, the product can also double as a blush, bronzer or even a concealer. The application is super easy: just spread the desired amount onto skin using fingers or a brush.   Main image: Showbit.com