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10 best highlighter sticks to try this summer 2021: Sephora, Macy’s, Glossier & MORE

A highlighter stick will give you the best subtle glow for summer...

Brandi Fowler

There’s something about a touch of highlighter that takes skin to the next level during the summer months. 

If you’re not familiar with highlighter sticks, they’re essentially a highlighter compacted into an easy-to-use tube that you can swipe on your cheekbones, browbones, or anywhere natural light hits your face to amp up the radiance of your complexion. 

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You can go subtle with the sticks or give yourself a megawatt glow depending on your preference and the brand. Or, skip foundation all together for a no-makeup makeup radiance or use it on top of foundation for a more finished look. 

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Ciaté London's Dewy Stix gives a luminous glow

Any way you use it, don’t miss amping up your complexion with a glow this summer with one of our fave highlighter sticks below. 

Beauty lovers swear by them - and one try will show you why.

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Ciaté London Dewy Stix Highlighter Stick

For highlighter sticks with a ton of shimmer and gleam, look no further than Ciaté London’s Dewy Stix. This luminous highlighting balm creates a gorgeous dewy effect with minimal shimmer and a natural glow. The gel-like formula comes in three shades: Glow - for a low-key iridescent glow, Gleam - for a golden hue, and Lustre, a rose gold hue that gives a ‘lit-from-within' look. 

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Ciaté London Dewy Stix Highlighter Stick, $26, Ciaté London

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Glossier Haloscope Highlighter Stick

Beauty lovers are obsessed with this highlighter - and for good reason. Glossier is known for its cult following, and this highlighter packs a punch. Its outer layer is formulated with crystal extracts for an all-day glow minus the glitter, and the beauty product is infused with moisturizers for a hydrated and dewy glow. It comes in three shades suitable for all skin types and complexions. 

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Glossier Haloscope Highlighter, $22, Glossier

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Uoma Beauty Double Take Sculpt & Strobe Stick

This double-ended highlighter stick is a contour and highlighter stick in one. It highlights, defines, and shades, with its strobe end, which provides a glow with its creamy illuminating formula, and its sculpt end, which has a pigmented formula that provides lightweight coverage and a matte finish.

It’s long-wearing and buildable too. It comes in five shades: Honey Honey, White Pearl, Brown Sugar, Brown Venus, and Black Pearl.

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Double Take Sculpt & Strobe Stick, $40, Uoma Beauty

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Benefit Cosmetics Watt's Up! Champagne Cream Highlighter Stick

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This champagne cream-to-powder highlighter is a bestseller on Sephora, with shoppers saying it gives complexions a “natural radiant glow.” The highlighter has a luminous sheen and it also comes with a built-in blender to provide an even, luminous gleam.

Benefit Cosmetics Watt's Up! Champagne Cream Highlighter, $30, Sephora

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Fenty Beauty Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

Rihanna’s popular beauty brand has a highlighter stick that is definitely worth a try. Shoppers swooned over the product saying it gives a “summer glow with a hint of sparkle.”

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It’s a magnetized makeup stick that is long-wear, lightweight, and shimmery, and it not only highlights and enhances complexions. You can use it as a blush too - and it comes in 15 shades. 

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Fenty Beauty Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick, $26, Fenty Beauty

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Chanel Baume Essential Multi-Use Glow Stick

Chanel is synonymous with luxury, so you can expect the same from the fashion house’s highlighter too. The glow stick has a sheer, hydrating balm that is silky, smooth, and buildable, and it gives skin a natural-looking glow. It’s available in three shades: transparent, sculpting, and golden light. 

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Chanel Baume Essential Multi-Use Glow Stick, $45, Macy’s

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Ilia Illuminator Highlighter Stick

Clean beauty is always a good idea - and so is this vegan highlighter by Ilia. It’s a multipurpose cream highlighter infused with avocado oil (protects skin), orange peel wax (locks in moisture), and shea butter (hydrates skin), and gives skin a subtle, dewy glow. It’s cruelty-free, gluten-free, and sulfate-free.

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Ilia Illuminator Highlighter Stick, $34, Sephora

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Maybelline New York Master Strobing Light Stick

Maybelline’s Strobing Stick is proof that you can find good highlighters at the drugstore too. Amazon shoppers swear by it for a natural, sunkissed look and for its versatility. Some use it over their foundation, under their foundation or on bare skin, and even on their lids and lips for a subtle glow. 

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Maybelline New York Master Strobing Light Stick, $13.27, Amazon

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Westman Atelier Lit Up Highlighter Stick

This luxe highlighter stick, which Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop team loves, is vegan, gluten-free, and translucent-free, and gives skin a radiant finish. It’s infused with moisture-boosting ingredients like Vitus vita fruit extract, which gives skin a dewy, glass-like sheen. 


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Westman Atelier Lit Up Highlighter Stick, $48, Sephora

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Surratt Torche Lumiere Highlighter Stick

This velvety, golden highlighter gives the skin a multi-faceted glow and has a creamy formula that makes skin glisten when it's hit by natural light. It’s lightweight and inspired by the jewels in the vitrines of the Place Vendome. 

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Surratt Torche Lumiere Highlighter Stick, $54, Revolve

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