How Milani’s Baked Highlighters Became My New Favorite Highlighter

I love the sparkly glow it adds to my cheeks.

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Best of Beauty
  • Best of Beauty
  • 2020
TL;DR:
  • What It Is: A pigmented, shimmery powder highlighter
  • What It Does: Adds a gorgeous glow to the cheeks
  • Who It's For: Anyone who loves bright highlighters

Whenever I apply highlighter, Rihanna's popular song lyric, "Shine bright like a diamond," starts playing in my head and serves as the nudge I need to keep adding the shimmer to my cheeks. I lean towards the bronze, yellow gold, or rose gold shades rather than champagnes or silvers, which are sometimes too light or ashy for my brown skin, but no matter which color I choose, I want my highlighter to be noticeable. 

Milani Baked Highlighters have the intense pay off I like in shades that flatter a range of skin tones. It comes in four shimmery hues: Dolce Perla (champagne pink), Champagne D'Oro (yellow gold), Rosa Italiana (rose gold), and Bronze Splendore (bronze). I was drawn to all the shades except for Dolce Perla, which swatched beautifully, but I felt it was a tad bit too light for me. To complete the soft makeup look I was aiming for, I decided to use a combination of Rosa Italiana and Bronze Splendore.

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Typically, once my base and eyes are complete, I like to add highlighter to my cheekbones, focusing on blending it out, especially in the areas nearest to my outer eyebrow and the apples of my cheeks. (I love using E.L.F's Highlighter Brush to get a highly pigmented but still diffused glow.)

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After I dipped my brush into the Baked Highlighter, I was pleasantly shocked at how much pigment I picked up. It was actually a bit too much, so I tapped the brush on the side of the pan to get rid of excess. The drugstore product was already delivering what I needed even before I had applied it to my face. 

Starting with Rosa Italiana, I diffused the shimmer on my cheekbones. Even though I picked up a lot more pigment than I expected, the sparkly formula blended out so seamlessly, I was amazed. I added just a pinch of the Bronze Splendore on top for the perfect combination of the rosy and bronze hues. 

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The result was a flawless neutral look with the perfect amount of glow that I most definitely did not wake up with. I was blown away with how gorgeous the highlighter looked and how easy it was to blend out. I love that I can use this highlighter when I want that in-your-face shine, a more natural sheen, or something in-between. For only $11 each, you're getting a bargain with these Best of Beauty Award-Winning powder highlighters that can be used on their own or combined with one of the other shades for your desired look. 

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