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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With these staggered drops (not to mention her new liquid highlighter launch), Kat Von D might as well just take all our money. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Kat Von D Is Adding Three New Formulas to Her Trooper Tattoo Liner Range," 10 July 2018 The idea is that a glow imparted by highlighter is fake, whereas a glow imparted by a lifetime of denying yourself refined sugar is real. Jessica Teas, The Cut, "The Big Lie of #NoMakeup," 9 July 2018 Some of his throwaway observations, like the shot of a kid sniffing a highlighter pen in class, feel like something out of a wildlife documentary. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Review: Bo Burnham's 'Eighth Grade' is a beautifully honest portrait of adolescent girlhood," 11 July 2018 Her lips were painted in a deep, glossy rose, and her skin looked extra dewy with ample highlighter on her cheeks and nose, thanks to makeup artist Mary Phillips. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Bella Hadid Wore a Messy Bun With a Zig-Zag Part, Just Like You Did in Middle School," 28 June 2018 The star kept her makeup soft for the occasion, with frosty pink lips, highlighter on her brow bone and classic winged eyeliner. Sophie Dodd, PEOPLE.com, "A Comprehensive Guide to All of Rihanna's Jaw-Dropping Met Gala Looks," 4 May 2018 Trends come and go (looking at you, rainbow highlighter), but that glowing, your-skin-but-better look is timeless. Eden Univer, Harper's BAZAAR, "The BAZAAR Commandments: Get a Flawless Face," 8 Sep. 2017 The 12-piece collection, which launched last Friday, includes an eyeshadow palette, blush and highlighter palette, liquid lipstick set, creme lipstick, and lip liner, all featuring shade names that nod to iconic moments from the momager. Kristin Corpuz, Teen Vogue, "Kris Jenner Appears in Patrick Starrr YouTube Beauty Tutorial for Kris Cosmetics," 14 May 2018 For the cheeks, there are two Pretty Youth Glow Filter duos that include a blurring cream blush and a highlighter. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Charlotte Tilbury’s Newest Products Are Here," 12 Apr. 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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