7 liquid highlighters for that summer glow

Whether you want a glittery luster or a subtle sheen, these are the top liquid highlighters to try now.
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Staying at home and practicing social distancing this summer means you’re probably seeing 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 replicates 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 during the summer months, as it’s easily blendable and less concentrated than powder or cream versions. With each major brand touting its own unique formula, we’ve assembled a line-up of some of the most popular (and best) liquid highlighters on the market to make choosing a product to experiment with that much easier.

Benefit Cosmetics

The doe-foot applicator of Benefit’s High Beam allows its user to swipe on highlighter (like lip gloss) for a soft rose gold shine designed to be worn both with or without foundation. It's definitely one of the best liquid highlighters out there.


BENEFIT COSMETICS High Beam Face Highlighter

Cover FX

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


COVER FX Custom Enhancer Drops

Marc Jacobs Beauty

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


MARC JACOBS BEAUTY Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter


L’Oréal Paris

Seeking a tried-and-true highlighter at an affordable price point? This “glotion” is popular not just as a dupe or drugstore buy, but one of the best liquid highlighters celebrated by makeup aficionados for its subtle luminescence and smooth absorption into skin.



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 means it can be used as-is or subdued when mixed with moisturizer or foundation.


TARTE Tarteist Pro Glow Liquid Highlighter

BECCA Cosmetics

Whereas face makeup like highlighter tends to settle into fine lines and acne scars, the Shimmering Skin Perfector has the bonus of smoothing and blurring textured skin.


BECCA COSMETICS Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter

Fenty Beauty

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


FENTY BEAUTY Liquid Diamond Bomb Glitter Highlighter 

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