7 Liquid Highlighters For Glowing Skin All Year Long

Whether you want a glittery lustre or a subtle sheen, these are the top products to try now
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The increased amount of time we've all spent indoors this year due to the pandemic means you've seen less sunlight than usual, and your skin may appear more washed out as a result. While there’s no substitute to good old vitamin D, highlighter can replicate the sun's effects when applied to certain features, like your cheekbones and nose bridge, to create the illusion of light on your skin.

Liquid highlighter is especially suited for a dewy look, as it’s blendable and less concentrated than powder or cream versions. With each major brand touting its own unique formula, we’ve assembled a lineup of some of the best (and most popular) products on the market to make choosing a product to experiment with that much easier.

Cover FX

These drops work like a highlighter although they’re technically skincare. Cruelty-free and clean (without ingredients like parabens and mineral oil), they’re offered in seven shades ranging from Halo, which is holographic, to Candlelight, a golden bronze.

Custom Enhancer Drops, Cover FX

Marc Jacobs

Inspired by Marc Jacobs' love of coconut water, these gel drops contain five forms of coconut and the provitamin B5, which helps to hydrate and improve brightness via the fruit’s naturally occurring electrolytes, making this one of the best liquid highlighters on the market.

Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter, Marc Jacobs

Tarte Cosmetics

A little bit of PRO Glow goes a long way; a small amount is enough to illuminate skin and the highlight lasts all day. Its versatile high pigment formula means it can be used as-is or mixed with moisturiser and foundation.

tartiest PRO Glow Liquid Highlighter, Tarte Cosmetics


This vegan illuminator is packaged in a small bottle, but don’t be fooled — it packs a dramatic punch. Kim and Khloe Kardashian are among those who wear the cult brand for its intense bronzing effect.

Illuminator, ICONIC LONDON

BECCA Cosmetics

Whereas makeup tends to settle into fine lines and acne scars, this Ignite highlighter will help to smooth out textured skin, while providing a pearly glow. 

Ignite Liquified Light Higlighter, BECCA Cosmetics

Kevyn Aucoin

Remember that viral K-beauty "Glass Skin" video? We’ve been chasing that effect ever since, and this gel highlighter grants a youthful, glass-like sheen with minimal effort. Simply spread it over a freshly moisturised face.

Glass Glow Face and Body Gloss, Kevyn Aucoin

Fenty Beauty

From Rihanna's revolutionary beauty brand, the Liquid Diamond Bomb has a water formula that’s dispensed through a rollerball and dries on as a fine glitter highlighter. If it's made by RiRi, you know it's one of the best.

Liquid Diamond Bomb Glitter Highlighter, Fenty Beauty

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