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As we creep further into autumn and the days get shorter, any chance you may have had of catching a sun-kissed glow goes out the window. Cue our makeup go-to: the highlighter. Designed to illuminate and add depth to the face, a simple dab of the stuff can leave you – quite literally – glowing.

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Whether you prefer creamy, liquid formulas or powder textures, we’ve rounded up five of our favourite highlighting heroes to add a radiance boost to your complexion.

Light as a feather

Is there anything MAC can’t do? This highlighter is super lightweight, making it versatile enough to wear under foundation, over foundation, without foundation… essentially, whenever you want to give your skin a soft, dreamy glow. Its silicone-based formula makes it feel silky-smooth, leaving the skin with a satin sheen. Dreamy.

MAC Hyper Real Foundation Highlighter 30ml, £26

Not just for 80s raves

No neon colours here, and no fading after the party’s over, either. This glow stick comes in three shimmery shades – perfect for adding a touch of luminosity to your complexion. Twist up and swipe it onto the areas you want to highlight, then smooth in with your fingertips. Bonus: its creamy texture makes it super-easy to blend.

NIP+FAB Make Up Fix Stix Glow in Galaxy, £10.99

Liquid gold

This has a liquid consistency, but it’s thick enough that it won’t run down your face immediately after applying. It's got a handy pipette dropper so you can control exactly how much you want to use. If you mix it with your foundation, it can create an even, illuminating base, but it’s equally good worn on its own – ideal for that ‘no-makeup makeup’ thing.

ASOS DESIGN Liquid Highlighter in Shocked, £9

Shimmer down

Next stop, glimmering complexion. This looks like a powder but feels a bit like a cream, with a barely there feel. When it catches the light, its pearly shimmer particles and super-fine glitters come to life – perfect for delivering a glistening finish to the skin (nope, not the sweaty kind). Top tip: try tapping it onto your favourite lip colour to sparkle things up.

Stila Heaven's Dew Highlighter in Silverlake, £22

Cover all bases

Just take a look at this swirly compact. Its powder texture feels soft and creamy so it doesn’t flake or crumble like some powder-based products. If you’re after an ever-so-subtle glow, sweep lightly over the face with a brush. To take your radiance levels to 100, ditch the brush and use your fingertips instead – your body heat will warm the powder to really bring out the shimmer.

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator in Devotion, £42