Summer is just around the corner, and with the burgeoning sunlight comes our need for a little shimmer. We've tried practically every highlighter for our faces and are now moving on to our bodies. There's something magical about adding a bit of glow to our arms, legs, collarbones, and shoulders—it's romantic-feeling, like walking around in candlelight all the time. Below, our favorite body shimmer lotions, oils, and serum hybrids, because the rest of your body deserves to glow like your cheekbones.
As soon as we tried Fenty's Body Lava (a high-shine body veil that glistens in the most alluring of ways), we fell in love. And we weren't the only ones—it sold out faster than we could order a second bottle. Rihanna created it, after all. But the instantly iconic liquid body shimmer is back and currently available in three shades, Who Needs Clothes?! (a rose gold), Brown Sugar (bronze), and Trophy Wife (gold).
This one has been around for a while, but it's certainly a beauty-industry fave. And yes, it's pricey. But it offers that type of golden, sparkly luxury and summertime scent we so often crave. So if you're interested in a splurge, this is certainly the one. It's silky, lightweight, and drenches your skin in gold and platinum leaf shimmer. The fragrance is an iconic one—bergamot, cardamom oil, ylang-ylang, sandalwood, and amber—and is inspired by hazy beach days and remote private islands.
For all the natural-beauty lovers out there, Kopari's Coconut Body Glow is entirely organic. It's a blend of coconut oil (with rich fatty acids and antioxidants) infused with pearlescent minerals and shea butter. The coconut-gardenia scent (one of our absolute favorites) adds to the hydrating, fast-absorbing, shimmery experience.
These highly concentrated and ultra-pigmented drops aren't just for your body—but they're entirely versatile. Use them as part of your foundation, highlighter, or body lotion for an all-over glow that's both subtle and easy to apply. Plus, it helps blur the skin for a veil of shimmer that also evens the look of your skin.
It smells like a tropical vacation bottled up and sent to your front door. Plus, it is so chic—perfect for your growing beauty vanity. The oil itself is authentic Monoï de Tahiti oil (the result of soaking the native tiare flower in refined coconut extract for at least 10 days). The process slowly infuses the oil with nutrients as well as that delicate, natural fragrance, and then it's blended with pigment for a translucent, bronzy shimmer. The most unexpected part? This formula also works as an all-natural insect repellent.
Already recognized as the brand behind one of the most beloved highlighters for your face, Becca makes this Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter for your body. The formula offers an effortless-looking, dewy, natural glow courtesy of ultra-fine, light-reflecting pearls. Just mix it with your favorite facial moisturizer and apply it to your collarbone and shoulders.
This is the perfect summer lotion. It's lightweight, smells fresh, comes at a cost-effective price point, and subtly shimmers in all the right places. It makes for a skin-enriching, body-flattering accessory, and it takes all of 30 seconds to apply.
Available in a couple of formulas (warm bronze, sheer champagne, and a few limited-edition shades), Sol de Janeiro’s body oils offer the right amount of dew—not too much, just enough to reflect light all over your skin. The mix of cupuaçu butter, açaí oil, and coconut oil is scented with notes of pistachio, salted caramel, and sandalwood.
With community trade honey and a hint of shimmering color, this dry-oil formula delivers a bronzy, glowy finish to enhance a real (or faux) tan. It's never greasy, it's super hydrating, and it makes your entire body light up.
This body highlighter creates a sheen that's more subtle than some of the other choices on this list—perfect for an everyday glow. If you're new to body highlighters and shimmer oils, which can admittedly be a little messy, you'll love this easy-to-use roll-on applicator tip.
This body glow oil is celebrity makeup artist Patrick Ta's secret for creating his signature dewy complexions. And it doesn't only look good on the skin—with ingredients like vitamin C (to protect) and vitamin E and squalane (to moisturize), it actually is good for the skin.