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The Best Liquid Highlighters For Every Skin Tone

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Jan 19, 2021
The Best Liquid Highlighters For Every Skin Tone

Embellish your skin in liquid light with these products

Imagine this: a poppin’ highlight that looks 100% natural and dewy, doesn’t have fallout, and melts into your skin for an all-day, bulletproof beam. If this seems like nothing but a dazzling makeup dream, it may just be time to try the best liquid highlighters. These formulas are easier to apply than their powder counterparts, with only a swipe delivering a boost of beaming color to your cheekbones, jawline, brow bone or body. They also look a bit more subtle on the skin, and are ideal when you need to produce a dewy glow for your natural, everyday makeup look. But don’t think that the best liquid highlighters don’t also have a glam side, as they come in shades of gold, lilac, lavender and celestial pearl to produce beauty influencer levels of sparkle. Think NikkieTutorials. Whether you’re a pale-skinned beauty like Nikkie who wants to bring out her rosy cheeks, or an olive-skinned goddess hoping to accentuate her naturally warm complexion…these are the best liquid highlighters on MIRA BEAUTY for every skin tone.

Fair skin

High Beam Liquid Highlighter by Benefit, $18

High Beam Liquid Highlighter by Benefit
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While it’s a trendy color that looks flawless on nearly everybody, there’s no denying the power of rose gold makeup for fair skin. The combination of warm and cool tones adds inner radiance to pale-skinned beauties, producing a lit-from-within glow that’s 100% natural and never streaky. Especially when it comes from a liquid formula like the High Beam Liquid Highlighter by Benefit. This shade has a satiny and soft texture that blends effortlessly on your skin, and easily accents your eyes, cheeks, and brow bone. Use your finger or a makeup brush to embellish your features in long-lasting color - which is delicate enough to fit into your simple makeup looks, but also gives you a dewy, divine glow for the days you’re feeling like a glamorous #Benebabe.

Liquid Light Serum Highlighter in Astrid by ILIA, $42

Liquid Light Serum Highlighter in Astrid by ILIA
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Meet your new favorite liquid highlighter for fair skin, brought to you by one of the top indie beauty brands to try in 2021. This makeup-skincare hybrid by ILIA has a lightweight, serum-like consistency - formulated with a blend of organic and natural botanicals to melt into the skin and create a new type of glow. The best part? This liquid highlighter won’t just light up your look, it also infuses your skin with powerful nutrients. It features Hydrolyzed Algae to control oil and bacteria while conditioning the skin, Mastic to refine and produce an even texture, and Marine Actives to firm and protect skin against free radicals and blue light. A liquid highlighter that provides a naturally dewy glow and protects you from the damaging rays that emit from your laptop and cell phone? Sounds like the best selfie-proof beauty product, ever… and MIRA guests can’t get enough of this ILIA favorite. 100% agree that this formula is lightweight, and 94% say it’s blendable!

Liquid Lumière Highlighting Fluid in Sheen by Chantecaille, $44

Liquid Lumière Highlighting Fluid in Sheen by Chantecaille
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Want to feel a bit fancy? Try one of the best highlighters for fair skin by Chantecaille. Sheen is a rose gold hue that’s undoubtedly trendy and influencer-esque, but the minimal packaging and subtle radiance provides major French girl vibes. Liquid Lumière Highlighting Fluid is a smooth, buildable, and moisturizing formula in one pint-sized tube - helping to illuminate the skin with micro-sized, light reflecting pigments that even Emily in Paris would love. Dab just a tiny bit on your face by day for a complexion pick-me-up, or a way to look a bit more awake and refreshed on your morning Zoom classes, and build it up at night for the ultimate glam makeup moment. Timeless luxury and elegance await with Liquid Lumière, and your pale skin will thank you for this rose gold hue!

Medium skin

California Beamin' Face & Body Liquid Highlighter in Beach Babe by NYX Professional Makeup, $10

California Beamin' Face & Body Liquid Highlighter in Beach Babe by NYX Professional Makeup, $
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Medium skin is one of the most common skin tones - generally beige in appearance and changing with the seasons. When you’re tan in the summer (except 2020, obvi), and more pale in the winter… it’s not always easy to find a highlighter that keeps up with your complexion. But the California Beamin’ liquid highlighter by NYX Professional Makeup is definitely up for the job. It’s a peachy-pink shade that blends out to a dewy glow for every season - from the beach babe vibe it’s named for to a winter wonderland glow that it’s definitely not too late in the holiday season to wear.  NYX has never let you down when it comes to high-quality makeup at drugstore prices, and you’ll be glowing in every way with one of the best liquid highlighters for medium skin.

Ignite Liquified Light Face & Body Highlighter in Passion by BECCA, $38

Ignite Liquified Light Face & Body Highlighter in Passion by BECCA
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If you have medium skin like Barbie Ferreira, try this liquid highlighter by BECCA that the Euphoria star helped create. The brand has always been a go-to for glittery makeup - and the shade Passion is a pale pearl with speckled gold that will look flawless on your not-quite-pale, and not-quite-tan complexion. Ignite is a crystal-gel formula with micro-pearls for a magical and multidimensional highlight, and works for every season. You loved wearing it for your makeup look at the Zoom holiday party, and it’s all ready to go with the spring and summer vibes. The scent is an energizing blend of juicy pineapple, fresh coconut, and orange flower - while Ignite is also infused with Sunflower Oil and Vitamin E to nourish and moisturize. Ignite isn’t just beloved by our MIRA community and tons of Euphoria fans, it even won an Allure Best of Beauty Award in 2020!

Olive skin

Glass Glow Face Liquid Highlighter in Spectrum Bronze by Kevyn Aucoin, $32

Glass Glow Face Liquid Highlighter in Spectrum Bronze by Kevyn Aucoin,
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Glassy skin with a side of golden vibes? Only with this liquid highlighter for olive skin by Kevyn Aucoin. You’re blessed with a natural tan during every season, and the best liquid highlighter will accentuate the warmth and green undertones in your skin without making you look too orange. That’s exactly what you’ll get with the Glass Glow Face Liquid Highlighter in Spectrum Bronze. As the name suggests, it’s a golden bronze hue that lights up your sunkissed skin for a serene highlight. You know, perfect for those golden hour selfie shots. And you won’t just sparkle on the outside, but also reach peak radiance on the inside with this nutrient-rich formula. Passion Fruit Oil is rich in omega 6 to promote a smooth touch on the skin, while Marula Oil adds hydration and reduces redness to give a new meaning to the term “healthy glow.” Kevyn Aucoin has some of the best luxury makeup products that you need to try in 2021, and this liquid highlighter is a great place to start!

Shimmer Veil in Gilded by Cover FX, $28

Shimmer Veil in Gilded by Cover FX
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Who doesn’t want to look like they’re dripping in gorgeous gold? Especially when this hue brings out all the beauty in your olive complexion. Shimmer Veil in Gilded by Cover FX is one of the best liquid highlighters to get that back-from-vacation glow, all the time. The formula is applied effortlessly with a single swipe, and blends out to become a metallic masterpiece for your cheeks, eyes, and lips. That’s right… a solid gold monochromatic makeup look is something that you didn’t even know you needed until now. Your olive skin will get a serious glow-up with this liquid highlighter by Cover FX that’s simply golden… and our MIRA community agrees. 98% say that Shimmer Veil is long-lasting and non-creasing, while 92% love how blendable it is.

Deep skin

Positive Light Liquid Luminizer in Reflect by Rare Beauty, $22

Positive Light Liquid Luminizer in Reflect by Rare Beauty
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“This is looking really nice. It’s a really nice subtle illuminator and super pretty.” Beauty and highlight enthusiast Alissa Ashley expressed her admiration for the Positive Light Liquid Luminizer in her Rare Beauty video when the brand launched in September 2020, and we definitely agree. Rare Beauty calls it a “second skin” highlighter, and this liquid formula is ideal for everyday makeup looks, or the days you want a touch of radiance that’s so simple… people think you’re not even wearing makeup. The ultimate compliment. It has a doe foot applicator that you use to place a couple drops of product on your cheeks, forehead, or neck. Build up for a subtle glow or pure glam on your deeper skin tone, just like Alisha Ashley does with the deep bronze shade Reflect.  Positive Light pairs exquisitely with Soft Pinch to give your face a flush of color and natural radiance.

Liquid Diamond Bomb Glitter Highlighter by Fenty Beauty, $28

Liquid Diamond Bomb Glitter Highlighter by Fenty Beauty
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When Fenty Beauty launched this gorgeous liquid highlighter in 2020, we knew we had to have it. In true Fenty fashion, it’s designed to look flawless on everybody - especially those with deeper skin tones - and will glam up your look with Rihanna levels of radiance. The brand says it’s “loaded with superfine 3D glitter to deck out your face and body with pure show-stopping diamond sparkle,” and will leave you looking like a cross between winter wonderland and RiRi at the Met Gala. Talk about a dream look. As Rihanna herself once sang, “shine bright like a diamond,” and you definitely will after applying this Fenty Beauty fave.

Custom Enhancer Drops in Candlelight by Cover FX, $42

Custom Enhancer Drops in Candlelight by Cover FX
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A custom glow, wherever you go. There are many reasons why we named Cover FX as one of the best beauty lines for deeper skin tones, and the Custom Enhancer Drops are just one of them. These gorgeous liquid highlighters are incredibly versatile, and Candlelight is a shimmering golden bronze that’s dazzling on your deeper skin. And we don’t just mean on your cheekbones or brow bone, either… as there are plenty of ways to incorporate the shade into your beauty routine. Just mix a few in with your foundation for a dewy finish, into your lip balm for a glowy and glossy pout, or simply blend across your bare cheekbones for a subtle strobing effect. Shimmer lovers will go crazy for these easy-to-use, long lasting drops - and Candlelight is one of the best liquid highlighters for deeper skin that you’ll never want to stop using. 94% of our MIRA community agrees that this formula is ultra-pigmented on your skin, and 88% say it’s extremely blendable.

Find all the best liquid highlighters for all skin tones on MIRA.