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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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 Farsali just dropped two new shimmering shades of its gorgeous Jelly Beam highlighter, Fenty Beauty's Beach Please collection is a must-see, and indie brand Captain Blankenship just launched at Target. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "Milk Makeup Is Throwing a Huge 25% Off Sale — Here's What to Buy," 16 June 2018 There are lipsticks in matte and satin finishes, eyeshadows (both loose and pressed), eyelashes, mascara, and multiple highlighters. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "We Tested All 70 Jennifer Lopez for Inglot Makeup Products," 25 Apr. 2018 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

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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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