In the age where glass skin rules supreme, a great liquid highlighter is a must-have in any makeup kit. You might already rely on a classic pressed-powder highlighter, but nothing can beat the wet-looking finish of a liquid formula if a dewy makeup look is high on your priority list. And the beauty retail world has endless options to offer you when it comes to liquid highlighter, whether you like a glow with a barely-there sheen, a bright enough glimmer to stop traffic, or a finish that sits somewhere in-between.
As far as makeup products go, liquid highlighters are about as user-friendly and versatile as it gets. You can apply these glow enhancers literally wherever and however you want. Tap a swipe into your brow bone to finish off an eyeshadow look, or mix a couple drops into liquid or cream blush or bronzer for added dimension. You can even mix it into your moisturizer or skin tint, just don’t forget to add some sunscreen too. Application is also a breeze, whether you prefer to blend it out with your favorite tool or use your fingers to diffuse the glow.
To help you navigate the never-ending world of liquid highlighters, Allure editors have revealed their current go-to liquid highlighters and their all-time favorites. For some, that’s a recent launch from a luxury brand — for others, it’s a fan favorite from the drugstore. No matter your liquid highlighter preference, skin tone, or budget, you’ll find something in this list for you. Glazed donut skin is in your future — we can feel it.
Below, shop the 21 best liquid highlighters in the game, according to makeup artists and beauty editors. Happy highlighting — and you’re welcome in advance.
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