3 Highlighters That You Need To Try This Summer

I used to think that the secret to faking a healthy glow was a whole compact of bronzer. But it's not bronzer that you need — it's highlighter. Seriously, a pop of shimmer beaming along your cheekbones is all you need to get that satisfying, just-got-back-from-vacation glow. But with so many sparkling colors and formulas to choose from, it can be daunting to find the right highlighter.

To help you shine bright like a diamond, we teamed up with Sephora Collection on a new, four-part series on Bustle's Instagram Story: The Beauty Lab. Each Friday, I'll join Helen Phillips, the National Artist for Sephora Collection, to demystify the latest beauty trends. In this week's episode, "Highlighting, Uncomplicated," we'll teach you how to glow to the moon and back.

See below for a sneak peek of our favorite highlighters and what we learned.

The Beauty Lab is an Instagram Stories series presented by Bustle & Sephora Collection, available only on @Bustle. Each Friday, Irma Elezovic, Bustle's branded beauty editor, will join Helen Phillips, the National Artist for Sephora Collection, to demystify the latest beauty trends.

Here's What We Tried:

We narrowed down the list and chose our favorite three highlighters to play with: the Sephora Pro Dimensional Highlighting Palette (1 & 4), guaranteed to become your newest beauty obsession, the Perfection Mist Nude Glow (2), perfect for beginners, and the Illuminate Palette, suitable for literally anybody (3).

Here's What We Learned:

1. Highlighter Is Easier To Apply Than You Think

Seriously, you can use your fingers or a brush. All you have to do is apply where the sun naturally hits your face: down your cheekbones, over the top of your brows, on the tip of your nose, and in the center of your chin.

2. There's A Product For Your Every Need & Whim

If you're looking for a super-natural, barely-there glow, a spray option is ideal. If you're looking for a more pronounced highlight, a powder or cream formula is what you want. Best of all, each product is buildable so you can apply until you get your preferred glow.

3. It's Not Just For Your Face

Who doesn't love a product that does double-duty? You can use a highlighter spray all over your body (arms, legs, chest) for a natural sheen. And if you're an eyeshadow kind of gal, you can use a cream highlighter to create a glossy lid or a powder highlighter to brighten the inner corners of your eyes.

Photos: Lauren Perlstein; Hair & Makeup: Ashleigh Ciucci

This post is sponsored by Sephora Collection.