5 Types of Highlighters for Your Glowiest Skin Yet

November 12, 2020
Sarah Ferguson
By: Sarah Ferguson | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
person wearing highlighter on eyelid and cheekbone
Scientists have not yet figured out how to literally bottle the skin-flattering effects of a good night’s sleep, but thankfully radiance-boosting makeup is here to help you fake it. From strobing creams to luminizing powders, a highlighter can transform a dull, tired complexion in a single swipe. Ahead, we’re breaking down every type of highlighter out there, to help you find your perfect glow-inducing match.

Cream Highlighter

Not too wet and not too dry, this type of highlighter mimics the skin's texture and gives you a natural glow. Creams can be applied using clean fingers, a beauty sponge or a brush. 

Try: L’Oréal Paris Lumi Glotion

L’Oréal Paris Lumi Glotion

Liquid Highlighter

With the consistency of a serum, this type of radiance-booster gives skin a dewy, luminous look. These can be mixed in with your moisturizer or foundation for an all-over glow, or applied with clean fingers, a makeup sponge or a brush on the high points of the face. 

Try: Urban Decay Moondust Face & Body Glitter

Stick Highlighter

These highlighters are a solid but melt into the skin like a cream. They're super convenient and don't require application tools. Swipe one right onto the high points of the face, then tap with your fingertips to blend in the formula.

Try: Maybelline New York Makeup Face Studio Master Strobing Stick

Powder Highlighter

Typically pressed, powder highlighters are similar to powder blushes and are typically flecked with pearlescent pigments. Use a fan brush (we love the IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Mega Fan Brush #9) to dust the highlighter over the high points of the face and body.

Try: NYX Professional Makeup California Beamin' Glow Booster

NYX Professional Makeup California Beamin' Glow Booster

Gel Highlighter 

With jelly or gel-like highlighters, a little goes a long way because these formulas tend to be ultra-pigmented. We like to use our fingertips to tap on the highlighter.

Try: Danessa Myricks Dew Wet Balm

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