Scroll through your Insta feed, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a single influencer, supermodel, or even fashionable stranger not working a glowy, lit-from-within makeup look this summer. While a full night
of shut-eye, staying hydrated, or a recent beach trip might be partially to thank, highlighters (and all their complexion-enhancing powers) are also part of this season's beauty equation — and for good reason. Not only do
they keep your skin looking fresher than fresh, but also they won't visibly melt off your face like a matte finish (because let’s be honest, humidity is real).
Contrary to popular belief, this cool-girl summer sheen can also be interpreted for your eyes, lips, and beyond. For inspiration, we partnered with Target Beauty and turned to two Gen Z-ers — Anzie and Anajah — whose penchant for light-reflecting makeup does not discriminate by facial feature or product texture. The BFFs found each other on Tumblr four years ago, bonding over their love of fashion and appreciation of a good makeup plot twist: "We wear simple makeup styles with one thing that’s different — a sparkly eye or something extra, creating a vibe before we head out into the world," says Anzie. From high-glosses to straight-up glitter, these women take the dewy look to a whole new, shiny level. And we're totally here for it.
For Anajah, a few swipes of
Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Face Powder over her cheekbones, bridge of the nose, and Cupid’s bow is only the first step to creating her dewy, '60s-inspired look. To really amp up the dew factor, she's also
been known to dabble in some glitter: "I love the contrast of a glittery cat-eye — the sparkles are very ethereal and feminine, while the black eyeliner is bold and rebellious," she says.
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Who says highlighter should only be applied to your cheekbones? Anzie sure doesn’t. Her look blends drops of
NYX Away We Glow Liquid Booster with a few pumps of a hydrating primer to create an allover glow. "Then, when I’m going for something bolder, I like to play with interesting textures — like a gloss over easy-to-match
primary colors," she says. "Bright red is such a passionate and powerful color. It really pops on my complexion." To get the glossy look, dab a pigment- and fragrance-free clear lip gloss over your shadow, being careful
not to smudge or smear the hue underneath.