highlighting foundation

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for highlighting foundation.

Highlighting is a great way to add some extra color and brightness to your skin. It's also a great way to add some subtle definition to your face, without drawing attention to your features. Here are some of the best highlighter foundations on the market today.

NUDESTIXTinted Blur Foundation Stick

Size: 0.2 oz / 6.2 g·ITEM: 2079390

Color: Nude Light 2 - fair-light nude

667 Reviews


I would describe it more as a "bronzer/highlight" because it just way too oily for my skin....This is a great foundation stick. Natural finish with a very easy application.

What it is: A multitasking, five-in-one, lightweight, cream-to-powder foundation stick.


Highlighted Ingredients:
- Vitamin E: A natural antioxidant that nourishes and hydrates.
- Green Tea: Visibly improves overall tone and texture for a youthful-looking complexion.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates SLS & SLES, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance. It is also vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This is a lightweight, cream-to-powder, ultra-soft, natural-matte foundation stick, available in 11 shades, that visibly transforms skin to have a naturally smooth appearance.

Fenty Beauty by RihannaMini Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Foundation

Size: 0.4 oz/ 12 mL·ITEM: 2484376

Color: 480 - deep with warm golden undertones

19 Reviews


I’m 46, so matte foundation can be difficult. This would be a challenge to wear as an all over foundation, but I love having a few different shades for natural highlighting and sculpting. ...New fav foundation...I had tried this foundation before and I finally bought it and i loved the way it works for me. really lightweight and a little goes a long way it’s buildable coverage so really great foundation!!

What it is: A travel-friendly-size, soft-matte, long-wear foundation with buildable, medium-to-full coverage that comes in a boundary-breaking range of 50 shades.

Coverage: Full



Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens and phthalates. It is also cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This mini, travel-friendly-size, light-as-air foundation gives skin a smooth, pore-diffused, shine-free finish. The oil-free formula is made with climate-adaptive technology that’s resistant to sweat and humidity and won’t clog pores—so that wherever you are, it’s going to work on your skin. Allure Best of Beauty award winner

PAT McGRATH LABSSkin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Weightless Foundation

Size: 1.18 oz/ 35 ml·ITEM: 2256964

Color: Light Medium 10 - light medium with peach neutral undertones

2K Reviews


finally a good foundation...Not a perfect match but not crazy either (there are so many foundations that I really want to buy but all their shades look super off on me - even bronzing/highlighting couldn't save me). ...I splurged and bought a bottle and don’t think I’ll ever be able to go to another foundation. It’s the perfect coverage to even complexion but not highlight fine lines.

What it is: A weightless, hydrating foundation with a serum-like texture, offering customizable coverage and a filter-like, soft-focus finish.

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Natural

Formulation: Liquid

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Highlighted Ingredients: 

- Vita-Serum Complex: Boosts hydration by activating the natural production of hyaluronic acid and ceramides.

- Diamond Core Powder Technology: Converts and scatters light for a blurring, illuminated effect. 

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens.

NARSSoft Matte Complete Foundation

Size: 1.5 oz/ 45 mL·ITEM: 2374502

Color: Valencia - M5 - Medium to medium-deep with warm undertones, and a peach tone

2.1K Reviews


Great coverage but thick, matte finish highlights every flake and pore. Formula does not suit my skin at all so will not purchase....This foundation looks beautiful without looking cakey or highlighting any of my dryness.

What it is: A full-coverage, transfer-proof, oxidation-resistant foundation that lasts for up to 16 hours with a natural-looking matte finish.

Coverage: Full



Highlighted Ingredients:
- Bio Hyaluronic Acid: Helps hydrate skin and maintain its moisture balance.
- Micro-algae Extract: Helps balance the appearance of excess sebum.
- Anti-oxidation Complex: Supports skin so shades stay true all day.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, triclosan, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance

Laura MercierReal Flawless Luminous Perfecting Talc-Free Pressed Powder

Size: 0.24 oz / 7 g·ITEM: 2643088

Color: Translucent Deep - for medium deep to rich deep skin tones

249 Reviews


Nice highlight...I love this Real Flawless Luminous Perfecting Talc-Free Pressed Powder. It gives a nice highlight effect and is easy to apply in just the right areas....Excellent powder that provides natural highlights!...When you put it on your skin over foundation or by itself it does a great job of providing a light overall foundation.

What it is: A pressed finishing powder that enhances the look of skin and makeup with a natural, luminous finish, instantly adding dimension and enlivening skin.
Coverage: Light


Pressed Powder

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Chamomile Extract and Rose Oil: Provides all-day skin comfort that becomes one with skin.
- High Resolution Pigments and Custom-Pearl Blends: Enliven complexion, instantly lift sallowness and dullness.
- Auto-Balancing Technology: Helps balance moisture and control shine immediately and over time.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SL

MAKE UP FOR EVERReboot Active Care Revitalizing Foundation

Size: 1.01 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 2308542

Color: R560 - Chocolate - for deep skin with very red undertones

956 Reviews


Everything this foundation claims to do, it 100% does. And it does it so well. ...Perfect foundation for the dry desert!...It’s really hard to talk me into a new foundation and- l am loving this!!!

What it is: A skin revitalizing foundation that adds a radiant, satin finish while hydrating, smoothing, and firming the skin for up to 24 hours.

Coverage: Light

Finish: Radiant

Formulation: Liquid

Skin Type: Normal and Dry

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Ginseng: Supports natural collagen.
- Camellia Japonica: Helps to support skin’s natural glow.
- Mondo Grass: Helps to support the skin’s protective barrier.

What Else You Need to Know: This foundation is ideal for normal to dry skin types and nurtures tired-looking skin over time by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and increasing hydration for up to 24 hours.

Fashion FairIconic Pressed Setting Powder

Size: 0.3 oz/ 8.6 g·ITEM: 2477016

Color: Rich Copper - tan to deep with neutral cool undertones

35 Reviews


Nice over the FF cream to powder and the flex stick foundations. I dust it on and it sets it in a barely there finish. ...It’s not overly golden which as a freelance makeup artist, this powder will work amazingly on my dark tan to deep clients as a highlight. I recommend this powder. It’s light to medium coverage and it did not oil up on me.

What it is: An ultra-lightweight, oil-absorbing powder that instantly sets—or refreshes—makeup at home and on the go.

Laura MercierTranslucent Pressed Setting Powder

Size: 0.3 oz/ 9 g·ITEM: 2107845

Color: Translucent

88 Reviews


I thought I would miss the highlight but do not and this one sets and helps my makeup last longer than the loose....Easy to use, portable, and sets my foundation nicely

What it is:
A high-performance translucent powder that sets makeup for lasting wear without weight or texture, in a convenient, portable compact that's perfect for touch-ups on the go.

What it does:
Prolong the wear of your makeup while staying color-true throughout the day with this high-performance, translucent powder. This lightweight formula sets and perfects makeup with a shine-free, natural-matte, velvety finish for up to 12 hours. This no-flashback formula means you'll look great in photos, and it creates a soft-focus effect to smooth away the look of fine lines and imperfections. It’s available in two shades designed to look and feel natural on all skin tones.

HourglassVanish™ Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

Size: 0.25 oz/ 7 g·ITEM: 1827351

Color: 11 Golden Tan - medium, warm undertones

6.6K Reviews


The stick foundation works as a 2-in-1 concealer or foundation and is perfect for highlighting/contouring. ...I have used it for foundation and for highlighting and contouring.

What it is: A weightless, waterproof foundation with long-wearing, concentrated coverage in a custom, triangular component for fast and easy full coverage on-the-go.

Coverage: Full

Finish: Natural

Formulation: Stick

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Ingredient Callouts: Free of mineral oil, parabens, phthalates, and triclosan, and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances. This product is also vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free.

Bobbi BrownVitamin Enriched Pressed Finishing Powder

Size: 0.282 oz / 8 g·ITEM: 2701779

Color: Yellow - soft, warm yellow

254 Reviews


I want one for bronzing and highlighting because it is that beautiful. It just melts into your skin and new looks cakey or powdery gifted by Bobbi brown...This powder it’s super light, scentless and perfect finish. I love the little highlight that has and gives my makeup the perfect touch.

What it is: A multitasking finishing powder that hydrates, visibly refines skin tone, and absorbs oil all day for a balanced complexion with a fresh, healthy, and even-toned look.

Coverage: Light



What Else You Need to Know: Powered by vitamin B5 and Hydro-Soft Powder Technology, this setting powder locks in moisture, boosting hydration over time, while delivering blurring benefits and all-day oil absorption with a silky-soft finish. It also visibly refines skin tone and flexes to suit a range of skin tones.

Clinical Results: In clinical testing on 25 women:
- The formula boosted hydration in 7 days

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