You might remember a time when powder highlighters used to own the monopoly on our cheeks. It was right around the time when super-matte complexions and gentle dustings of shimmery highlighter were all the rage.
But as the needle shifted and we traded in our heavy-duty, matte foundations for super-sheer, dewy alternatives, we also started to rethink our choice in highlighters. Now, we're switching out powder formulas for liquid ones that ensure an ethereal, natural-looking glow.
And as the popularity of liquid highlighters has risen, so has the technology that surrounds them. These days, liquid highlighters contain particles just as finely milled as their powder counterparts. Another plus? They also drench the skin in moisture and make it look like you've just emerged from a three-hour facial.
I, for one, am a massive fan of the glow-giving capabilities that liquid highlighters deliver. Keep scrolling to see the seven best formulas I've tried.
The pipette function on Cover FX's highlighter makes it easy to add a drop or two into whatever skincare or base product you wish. Mix this into your foundation for an all-over dewy "just-left-the-gym" sheen, or neatly dot it on the cheekbones for a precise glow.
Don't fret—Nyx's formula doesn't appear blue on the skin. It's sheer and feels like a serum with added light-reflective particles.
Iconic London's deep-copper shade is brilliant on darker skin tones and contains a band of metallic glow that's not too shimmery.
When my skin starts to look a little sallow (hangovers, late nights, etc.), Bleach's Illuminati contains just enough coral pigment to perk it back up. I apply this all over my face the morning after a long night.
MAC's OG Strobe Cream has been a makeup-artist staple for decades, and now it comes in a range of tints. My favourite is Pinklite, which looks great on all skin tones but works especially well on super-fair complexions.
For the easiest application, look to Charlotte Tilbury's option. At its tip is a cushiony pad that blends the liquid highlighter seamlessly. This one looks amazing down the bridge of the nose and over the Cupid's bow.
If you prefer your highlighters to be subtle, then Laura Mercier's could be a suitable option. Yes, it has a bronze tinge, but it's nothing too bright or brash.
Now that you know where to look for a liquid highlighter, here's how Meghan Markle's makeup artist applies hers.