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Now's about that time when we find ourselves gravitating toward all light-reflecting and pearlescent makeup products. (As for my makeup collection, it currently consists of a small stockpile of highlighters that's growing at a fearsome rate.) What can we say? We're coveting that dewy complexion à la Brooke Shields in The Blue Lagoon. Our weapon of choice is a liquid highlighter for a few reasons. They're radiant, dewy, low-maintenance, and super blendable, which makes them the perfect complexion companion.
So without further ado, keep scrolling to see the best liquid highlighters that are incredibly well-received.
Best Overall: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter
Let's start with a fan favorite. This Becca liquid highlighter is nothing short of a classic. (Becca is, after all, a brand that's best known for its super-radiant and natural-looking highlighters.) We like to dab it on the high points of our face for a glowy finish to any makeup look. This shade, called Rose Gold, looks amazing on deeper skin tones, while Moonstone, which is a pale gold shade, complements paler skin tones.
Read reviews of our favorite liquid highlighters for dark skin tones.
Best Peach Shade: Nars Illuminator in Orgasm
We know you're well aware of Nars' best-selling and cult-classic Orgasm blush shade, which is a universally flattering peachy-pink color. Well, it also comes in a liquid highlighter form. It has thousands of "loves" on Sephora's website with glowing reviews (excuse the pun).
Best Budget: NYX Professional Makeup Away We Glow Highlighter
NYX Professional Makeup's Away We Glow Highlighter is top-notch. It blends so easily that it can be applied in the back of an Uber while you're running late to an event and using your phone as a mirror (this clearly comes from personal experience). I also love the variety of shades it comes in, like this milky white iridescent color called Moon Glow.
Best Drugstore: Maybelline Master Strobing Liquid
This Maybelline highlighter is a Byrdie-team favorite. It has illuminating micro-pearls that blend out flawlessly onto the skin. We like to squeeze out a pearl-sized dollop on our palms and then dab into the high points of our face using our fingers or a beauty sponge. The effect is luminous and radiant and glowy and every other synonym you can think of.
Read more reviews and shop for the best drugstore highlighters available for purchase.
Best Splurge: Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Highlighter
Sure, it's one of the more luxurious (and expensive) liquid highlighters to make the list, but according to beauty editors and internet reviewers alike, it's worth it. The creamy, super-subtle glow it provides makes it look like your skin is radiating light. Our favorite shade is Candlelight, which is (you guessed it) as flattering as the light it's named after.
Best Multitasker: Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer
Like the Kevyn Aucoin pick, this Giorgio Armani liquid highlighter is worth the luxurious price tag (at least in our humble opinion). After we apply this to our skin, whether alone or on top of makeup, the luminosity and radiance emanate from our skin in a heavenly, goddess-like way. Also, it can be used in a multitude of ways: as an eyeshadow base, blush, bronzer, and—of course—a highlighter.
Best Applicator: Urban Decay Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid in Aura
Urban Decay's highlighting fluid comes in packaging that's similar to what you would see with concealer. Thanks to the little doe-foot applicator, it's easy to apply the product precisely on the cheekbones, brow bone, and nose before blending out. It's what we reach for when we want a subtle and accurate highlight. Our favorite shade is called Aura, a super-flattering iridescent petal pink.
We took this product for a spin. Find out how it went in our Urban Decay Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid review.
Interested in reading more reviews? Check out our guide to the best highlighters on the market.