Beauty Trends

#CultBeautyTrendWatch: 7 Holographic Highlighters You Need To Try

Hooked on highlighter? You can’t have failed to notice that the latest incarnations have a distinctly blue hue… 

Forget bronze flecks and golden tones, this new illuminating crew is laced with violet, lavender and cool-toned pinks to brighten sallow tones and lend your complexion a beautiful, pearlescent lustre. Brilliantly brightening, lilac neutralises yellow and ‘lifts’ ashy or lifeless skin – making it ideal for a spectrum of skin tones.

‘Interesting’ and ethereal on paler people, this also looks incredible on warm, or darker skins – lending a subtle yet strikingly stunning coolness that looks thoroughly modern. 

For those intrigued by the trend, dip your toe in the glacial pond with BECCA’s gorgeous {First Light Priming Filter}. A new take on the best-loved ‘Backlight’, this veils skin with a whisper of shimmer – more liquid than its gold-toned sibling, it grants a believable ‘gym skin’ finish. Just trust us… you’ll adore it.

Want something a little more impactful? Rituel de Fille’s {Rare Light Luminizer} has a duo-chrome finish – melting into skin to make your cheekbones ‘pop’. 

Or for something more understated, blend Saie’s {Dew Balm} anywhere that light would naturally strike. A lilac-toned luminiser, this looks exquisite both with and without other make up – experiment to achieve a bespoke glow.

And if you’re a fan of the high-impact ‘strobed’ look, look no further than Stila’s new {Heaven’s Hue} highlight in the shade ‘Transcendence’. Dauntingly purple, this powder applies and blends seamlessly to lend UV-style light to ‘high points’ of your face. Or get the most galactic glow with Vincent Longo’s {La Bella Luce Highlighter} in ‘Flora’ – a blend of cosmic pink and lilac tones to grant an interstellar iridescence.

A lover of luxury? Kevyn Aucoin’s {The Neo-Limelight} is the make up encapsulation of the beautiful Balearic sunset. Continuing the collective obsession with ombré, this stunning highlighter is graded from pale pearl to lilac and is almost to gorgeous to use. Ideal for achieving a multi-dimensional look, this highlighter is out-of-this-world…

Or glow galactic with BECCA’s irresistible {Shimmering Skin Perfector – Prismatic Amethyst} – a multi-tonal blend of violet, rose and golden pearls which lends shade-shifting shimmer anywhere you deem deserving of attention. Housed in a space age-style compact, this is the ultimate in ‘otherworldly’ – perfect for pushing your beauty boundaries.


Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…