The Best Cream Highlighters for Your Glowiest, Dewiest Skin

January 21, 2020
By: Marisa Petrarca | by L'Oréal
The Best Cream Highlighters for Your Glowiest, Dewiest Skin

Here at, we’re all about easy-to-achieve glowy, dewy makeup that looks like we put in major effort even if our beat took all of five minutes. Enter cream highlighters, our go-to for looking fresh-faced and getting our glow on all at the same time. They have soft, blendable formulas and a natural, lit-from-within finish. Plus, a quick swipe or pat of the fingers is all we need to amp up our glam. To share our love of creamy highlighters, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites. Whether you’re in search of a creamy liquid, a travel-friendly highlighter stick or a dreamy luminizer, find the right makeup product for you, ahead. 

NYX Professional Makeup Away We Glow Strobing Cream
This cream moisturizes and luminizes your skin all at once. We love to dab a bit on the high points of our face for a pearlized finish or mix in a bit with our foundation for an all-over glow. Either way, this versatile, lightweight and luminescent highlighter is a must-have in your makeup bag.  

Maybelline New York Facestudio Master Strobing Stick
Meet the drugstore strobing stick you’re going to want to stock up on, STAT. It’s small enough to carry with you in your bag for touch-ups throughout the day, and its stick shape ensures your application is super easy and mess-free. Simply apply it wherever you want some illumination and then blend it out with your fingers.


L'Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Highlighter Shaping Stick
Looking for a formula that’ll hold up throughout the craziness of your day? Meet your match. This L’Oréal Paris drugstore formula can last for up to 24 hours. It keeps your glow intact, and the creamy texture glides on so smoothly. 

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer
Perfect for all skin tones, this organic, luminizing cream highlighter will give your skin a dewy shine without glitter. It’s ideal for the skin-care obsessee and the no makeup-makeup enthusiast who wants to embrace a natural-looking glow. This pick gets the gold medal for achieving a lit-from-within glow that catches the light in all the right places. 

Glossier Haloscope Highlighter
This Glossier cream highlighter stick is a skin care and makeup duo that looks great and has good-for-you ingredients in its formula. With crystal highlighting ingredients on the outer halo of the stick and a core of vitamin-rich moisturizing properties in the center, Haloscope gives you that dewy, Instagram-worthy finish. It comes in three shades: Quartz (a pearlescent glow), Topaz (a golden shimmer) and Moonstone (an opalescent glaze).

Westman Atelier Lit Up Highlight Stick 
This iridescent cream luminator is a glow-giving force to be reckoned with. The silky formula provides a glassy sheen to the high points of the face and shimmers in the light. The pearly hue looks amazing on all skin tones and hydrating ingredients make skin look bright and healthy. This is a must-have in our book. 


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