One thing for certain and two things for sure, the beauty world has gone to a place where bathing in glow is not only acceptable, but highly encouraged. Made for your strobing pleasure, the best liquid highlighters pack heaping doses of luminosity for dewy skin on an extraterrestrial level.
Though powder formulas remain super popular, one of the biggest highlighter mistakes you're probably making is ignoring their glorious liquid cousins. Of all the types of highlighter, nothing offers a versatile glow quite like a liquid illuminator. Blended seamlessly into your foundation, they can transform a matte formula into a radiating sensation. Dabbed onto the cheekbones and brow bone, a liquid highlighter instantly brightens your appearance. You can even wear them alone to enhance a fresh face for an all-over, subtle shimmer that keeps things au natural. With so many ways to incorporate a liquid highlighter into your look, layering on the glow from start to finish couldn't get any more majestic.
Whether high-end or drugstore, retailers can hardly keep some of the holy grail liquid highlighters stocked. Get your hands on these 11 illuminators infused with the glitziest micro specs for the ultimate goddess gleam.
1. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer
Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer, $26, sephora.com
A high impact liquid enriched with argan oil, this illuminizer nourishes the skin while champagne hues give your complexion radiance. Madonna lily, pure white blossom, and poet's narcissus mixed into its formula also work to brighten and even skin tone.
2. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter
"Champagne Pop" Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter, $41, sephora.com
A highly coveted highlighter since its birth, Becca's "Champagne Pop" Shimmering Skin Perfector offers a white gold gleam with pinky peach undertones. It'll be hard to find another product that mimics the dewy glow of light at sunrise with such ease.
3. Gerard Cosmetics BB Plus Illumination Creme
BB Plus Illumination Creme, $36, gerardcosmetics.com
Mix Gerard Cosmetics' BB Plus Illumination Creme into your favorite primer, moisturizer, or foundation for a glow from within. Your skin could surely benefit from the anti-aging, hydrating, and brightening properties this BB cream formula delivers.
4. NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator
"Gleam" Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator, $7.49, ulta.com
There's no competing with NYX's liquid illuminator, a quality highlighter with an affordable price point. Gleam from head to toe by sweeping it across your entire body.
5. Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops
"Moonlight" Custom Enhancer Drops, $42, sephora.com
It should come at no surprise that beauty retailers can hardly keep Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in stock. The equivalent of liquid metal for your skin, each bottle accents your features with a customizable sun-kissed glow that can be as natural or glittery as you build it.
6. NARS Illuminator
"Orgasm" Illuminator, $30, sephora.com
Slather any of Nars' three illuminators onto the high points of your face for strategic luminosity or sweep it all over your facade for a believable, healthy glow.
7. Benefit High Beam Liquid Face Highlighter
High Beam Liquid Face Highlighter, $26, sephora.com
An iridescent sheen makes Benefit's High Beam more ethereal than most. Build its coverage for the luminescence of your dreams.
8. MAC Strobe Cream
"Goldlite" Strobe Cream, $33, maccosmetics.com
Available with pink, peach, gold, silver, or red undertones this illuminator is one of the undisputed strobing champs. A makeup lover's go-to, it brightens skin with iridescent particles, doses of green tea extract, and beneficial antioxidants.
9. L'Óreal True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator
"Golden" True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator, $12.99, ulta.com
This lightweight formula gives you more glow for your buck with its drugstore price. The icy shade will compliment fair skin, medium tones could benefit from the rose illuminator, and deeper complexions can turn to the golden hue for an all-over radiance.
10. Sephora Collection Radiant Luminizing Drops
"Morning Light" Radiant Luminizing Drops, $14, sephora.com
Boost your favorite complexion products with Sephora Collection's Radiant Luminizing Drops. Whether you go for the champagne, bronze, or luminous pink formula, you'll be sure to have a brighter complexion.
11. Iconic London Illuminator
"Original" Limited Edition Illuminator, $37.12, iconiclondoninc.com
Snag the Iconic London Limited Edition Illuminator for your collection and you'll quickly realize why this baby sells out every time it's in stock. Topped onto the cheekbones, brow bone, cupid's bow, and down the bridge of the nose, it packs the meanest, gilded punch.
Either glow hard, or go home! Liquid illuminators are the perfect products for getting your shine on because an intense highlight never hurt anyone.
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