high·​light·​er | \ ˈhī-ˌlī-tər \

Definition of highlighter

: a pen with a broad felt tip and brightly colored transparent ink for marking selected passages in a text

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Shop Now: Haloscope highlighter, was $22, now $17.6, available at Glossier. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Highlights From Glossier's 2018 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale," 24 Nov. 2018 While this highlighter is illuminating, it isn’t filled with chunky sparkles. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Becca Created a Highlighter for Meghan Markle," 14 May 2018 In a nutshell, dark colors contour and shape while lighter colors work as highlighters and open up the eye. Simedar Jackson, Marie Claire, "How Changing Your Eye Shadow Can Completely Change Your Face," 27 May 2015 The news of the new lipsticks and liners comes just days after KKW Beauty launched two new highlighter palettes. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian West Is Launching KKW Beauty Lip Liners and Eight New Lipsticks," 29 May 2018 Using a damp sponge, Ciucci suggests tapping into cream highlighter and stippling it on the high points of the face. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "Here Is Everything You Can (and Should) Use a Beautyblender For," 11 Oct. 2018 That's because most sunscreens have a bit of a sheen, creating a highlighter-like effect. Marci Robin, Allure, "Joan Smalls Uses Sunscreen to Highlight and Contour Her Face," 19 Aug. 2018 Eyeshadow Palette: Eight versatile eye shadows that can also be worn as liners, brow colors and highlighters (the light shimmer shades) with CoverGirl TruNaked Nudes Shadow Palette, $10. Good Housekeeping, "The Tools You Need to Score a "No-Makeup" Look," 5 Mar. 2016 Open up the dark, navy blue vault and inside you'll immediately find a large palette that includes blushes, highlighters, bronzers, cream eyeliners, and brow powders. Kristin Corpuz, Allure, "Sephora's Once Upon a Blockbuster Vault Is the Perfect Gift for Makeup Lovers," 22 Oct. 2018

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1963, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of highlighter

: a special pen with brightly colored ink that you can see through


high·​light·​er | \ ˈhī-ˌlī-tər \

Kids Definition of highlighter

: a pen with a wide felt tip and brightly colored ink for marking text on a page so that it stands out clearly

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