5 of the best highlighters for that instant glow up

12 April, 2023 / words by IALH Editorial Team

Written by Lauren Gordon

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Although a natural glow is the ultimate goal, adding an extra touch of shimmer can take any makeup look to the next level. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that highlighters are ‘so 2017,’ they’ve recently made a full-circle comeback and should become a staple in your makeup routine as the sun makes its return. 

Liquid illuminators are a go-to if you want to add a dewy shine to your no-makeup makeup look, while a powdered highlighter filled with pigment is the cherry on top for a full glam face. Now’s the best time to switch out the old, crusty highlighters you have and swap them for the best illuminators on the market…

Fenty Beauty Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil

The Fenty Beauty Diamond Bomb collection ranks highest in the list of highlighters to instantly level up a makeup look.

The highlighter range, which comes in four shades, has TikTok users mesmerised by the glow it supplies with the slightest of touches. The practically effortless applications dusts a sheer layer of shimmer that looks like it has just been tapped from a magic wand.

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Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil

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The Beauty Crop Glow Milk Blushed

This liquid shimmer blush works as a two-in-one product and saves you purchasing a separate blush and highlight. The Glow Milk Blushed by The Beauty Crop adds a dewy flush of colour with a natural lustre to your makeup look and dreamily melts into the skin. 

Boasting a buildable and blendable formula in three shades, you can expect to use this product for everyday looks or to amplify your evening glam.

The Beauty Crop

Glow Milk Blushed

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Saie Glowy Super Gel

The Saie Glowy Super Gel is a particular favourite when looking for a subtle shimmer for an instant radiant base.

As stated in its name, this ‘super gel’ applies like a gel-based primer, with 75% water for maximum hydration, and gorgeously melts into the skin, giving off a stunning glow before any makeup has been applied, making it the perfect starting point for a no-makeup look. 

Alternatively, the Glowy Super Gel can be applied on top of your base before adding powdered products to add a luminous lustre to the high points of your face.


Glowy Super Gel

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NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Golden Shimmer Multi Usage Dry Oil

This French wonder product allows you to add sweet fragrance and a stain-like sheen to your hair, face and skin. 

The lightweight dry oil can be added to your foundation to aid smoother application and add a luscious natural glow to your makeup base. Similarly, you can use the oil as a deep conditioning mask or massage it into the skin for a lavish shimmering coat.

NUXE’s oil is also made up of a unique cocktail of Vitamin E and seven precious plant oils, creating a deeply nourishing product that will help combat daily pollutants.


Huile Prodigieuse Golden Shimmer Multi Usage Dry Oil

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Rare Beauty Positive Light Silky Touch Highlighter

Selena Gomez’ makeup brand Rare Beauty has yet to disappoint. Their silky highlighters have quickly become a popular beauty staple online, with users stunned by the pigment and ‘glass skin’ effect of the highlighter leaves.

The silky touch highlighter is buildable and therefore a suitable multipurpose purchase if you enjoy going between full glam and simple looks.

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Positive Light Silky Touch Highlighter

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