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The 10 Best Highlighters for Glowing Skin

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No matter what kind of makeup you’re going for, adding a little glow will always take your look to the next level. Whether it’s for a more natural complexion or for full-on glam, highlighters are essential. With a slew of products out there, finding the perfect highlighter for you can be a difficult feat. But we’re here to help!

Here are the best highlighters for glowing skin.

Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle

Ever since Fenty Beauty hit the market, the beauty industry has been changed for the better. The brand’s Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter is just one product customers are obsessed with. The cream-powder hybrid can be used for a more subtle glow and is buildable for a more intense shimmer.

Promising review from Fenty Beauty: Sara says, “This is so sparkly and pigmented!! It’s just how I love it. I use it as eyeshadow and highlighter and even body glitter at times.”

NYX Born to Glow

The Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator from NYX is everything. Great for mixing into your foundation or to use on its own, it produces a healthy glow you can only get here. Its lightweight formula is easy to apply and will last all night long.

Promising review from Ulta: Andy says, “For the price and product, this does exactly what you’d expect it to do. It’s great and I prefer it to powder because it gives you the dewy look!”

Benefit Cosmetics’ Cookie Highlighter is one product everyone should have in their makeup bag. The silky powder provides a gorgeous glow in just one swipe and will last all day and night. Not to mention, the shimmer can be used on all high points of the face: cheekbones, brow bones, nose and eyelids.

Promising review from Sephora: Trin says, “This is amazing! It’s the perfect highlight for me. It doesn’t move and it doesn’t end up all over my face like others do. It is absolutely stunning!”

Beauty Bakerie Milk & Honey Palette

Another seriously impressive highlighter is the Milk & Honey Highlighting Palette from Beauty Bakerie. With four different highlight options, the creamy colors are great for all skin tones and types. Plus, it’s great for strobing or layering!

Promising review from Ulta: Denise says, “This highlighter is just right…not too subtle and not too dramatic. Gives me just enough shimmer to enhance my natural glow!”

Milk Makeup Highlighter

Milk Makeup’s Highlighter stick is an everyday product that glides on your skin to add the perfect amount of shimmer. Infused with hydrating ingredients like mango butter and avocado oil, the highlight is good for your skin too! Not to mention, it’s formulated without parabens, sulfates or phthalates.

Promising review from Sephora: Libby says, “I swear by this highlighter. It’s so easy, convenient and beautiful. Gives you such a natural glow unlike powdered highlighter that you can tell is powder on the skin.”

Ilia Liquid Light Serum

Ilia’s Liquid Light Serum Highlighter is another liquid illuminator that will leave your skin glowing and bight. The gel-based product is also a serum, so it’s buildable, healthy for you skin and super hydrating. Plus, it’s cruelty-free, fragrance-free, vegan and comes in recyclable packaging!

Promising review Sephora: Kim says, “This highlighter is awesome and works great on oily skin. It goes on smooth and absorbs into the skin well. It also blends as soon as I put it on.”

Juvia’s Place The Tribe

The Tribe Highlighter from Juvia’s Place is will keep skin bronzed and shimmering. Formulated for darker skin tones, the pressed powder illuminates the entire face for a glowing, head-turning complexion.

Promising review from Ulta: Gianna says, “This is gorgeous, and the glow is INSANE! You can use a smaller amount for a ‘wet’ look or really pack it on for some intense shine!”

Rare Beauty Positive Light

Another highlighter everyone will love is Rare Beauty’s Positive Light Liquid Luminizer Highlight. It’s long-wearing, light coverage and will leave you with the shimmer of your dreams. With eight different color options, there’s a shade for everyone! Not to mention, it’s vegan.

Promising review from Sephora: Gabrielle says, “I live for this highlighter! It blends so nicely, and the finish is perfect. Sometimes, I mix this highlighter with my foundation and it gives me a very nice and healthy glow!”

Uoma Beauty Black Magic

Uoma Beauty’s Black Magic Carnival Bronzing Highlighter is a creamy formula that melts into the skin to produce a natural, illuminating glow. With a larger pan of product, the highlighter applies in just one swipe and comes in two different shades.  

Promising review from Uoma Beauty: Christine says, “One of the best I’ve used! It’s so hard to find the right tone for my chocolate complexion, and this product is perfect!!”

Nars Highlighting Powder

Last but not least, the Highlighting Powder from Nars comes in five different shades to provide a gorgeous glow for most skin tones. The powder effortlessly blends into skin to produce a flawless, sculpted look. Plus, it’s formulated without parabens, sulfates or phthalates.

Promising review from Ulta: Amber says, “I love this product. It gives the perfect highlight. It’s also buildable and perfect to for your nose. It’s best suitable for women of color.”

Reviews have been edited for length and clarity.

Which highlighter do you swear by? Sound off in the comments!