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The Best Liquid Highlighters for the Holidays

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Dec 18, 2020
The Best Liquid Highlighters for the Holidays

Get a drop of radiance with these liquid highlighters

A dewy, sunkissed glow isn’t just made for the summer. In fact, the colder months are the perfect time to invest in all the best liquid highlighters - the hydrating, luminous formulas that let you sparkle hard for the holidays. While we love a powdery highlighter palette as much as the next glow enthusiast, a liquid formula truly fits the vibe of 2020. A minimalist, natural, and lit-from-within radiance that makes you look less like a disco ball, and more dewy for your Zoom calls and virtual holiday parties. Add a casual swipe of icy liquid highlighter to your cheekbones for a touch of illumination, or layer multiple hues for a prismatic, holiday-ready glow that’s always lit. You can do all of the above with the best liquid highlighters below!

High Beam Liquid Highlighter by Benefit, $18

High Beam Liquid Highlighter by Benefit
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Rose gold makeup is everything. And you can accent your eyes, cheeks, and brow bone in this trendy color with the High Beam Liquid Highlighter by Benefit. Not only does this shade look beautiful on all skin tones, it has a satiny and soft texture that blends effortlessly on your skin. Use your finger or a makeup brush to embellish your features in long-lasting color - which is delicate enough to fit your simple makeup routine, but also gives you a dewy, divine glow for the days you’re feeling glamorous. Or just in the holiday spirit! High Beam Liquid Highlighter can be worn alone on every feature, or mixed in with your foundation for a hint of holiday illumination.

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

Ignite Liquified Light Face & Body Highlighter by BECCA
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BECCA is always our go-to for shimmery holiday makeup - from the brand’s ultra-bright eyeshadow palettes to this liquid highlighter that was hand-picked by Barbie Ferreira. While it’s not always easy to take your eyes off Zendaya's beauty looks or Hunter Schafer's makeup while watching Euphoria, Barbie has some killer makeup looks of her own. That’s how you know you can trust Ignite, a crystal-gel formula with micro-pearls for a magical and multidimensional holiday highlight. However, it does have a few summer vibes too. 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. Choose from five shades - including Creativity, a soft golden pearl with peachy-pink reflects, and the translucent, diamond-esque hue Love by Barbie Ferreira. Ignite isn’t just beloved by our MIRA BEAUTY community and tons of Euphoria fans, it even won an Allure Best of Beauty Award in 2020!

Liquid Glow by Anastasia Beverly Hills, $25

Liquid Glow by Anastasia Beverly Hills
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Anastasia Beverly Hills definitely knows how to make you glow hard for the holidays, just look at the brand’s Aurora Glow Kit! But if you’re in the mood for a more natural, lightweight texture… Liquid Glow has you covered. This ultra-pigmented formula seamlessly blends out across your face and body, and leaves a metallic finish that perfectly complements your shimmery eyeshadow. From the Norvina palette, perhaps? Glam is always the name of the game with ABH, and you can have your sparkly makeup and wear it too with this liquid highlighter. 94% of our MIRA guests say it’s mega-pigmented, while 92% call it long lasting!

Strobe Light Liquid Highlighter by Milani, $10

Strobe Light Liquid Highlighter by Milani
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As Beyonce once said, “I woke up like this.” And you can get that natural Queen Bey glow with this Milani favorite. It’s the ultimate drugstore brand for luxury makeup lovers who want to beam on a budget, and this Strobe Light Liquid Highlighter is everything. With micro pearls to brighten up your complexion and provide a touch of radiance to your cheeks, jawline, or eyes… all six shades will leave you sparkling like the Christmas tree. Or not, as it also lets you go as subtle as you like! Simply add a few drops to your tinted moisturizer for the best everyday makeup looks for Zoom school - which makes history class and finals week that much more fun.

Backstage Face & Body Glow by Dior, $38

Backstage Face & Body Glow by Dior
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Casually pretending that we’re backstage at New York Fashion Week with this liquid highlighter, how about you? Sparkly makeup from Dior always makes you feel high-shimmer and high-fashion, and this formula will take you to a new level of glow. It’s concentrated in fine, pearlescent pigments to diffuse light and blur even the smallest imperfections - and creates a buildable glow for subtle to striking illumination. Swiping a hint of the Backstage Face & Body Glow on your cheeks can give you that model-esque bone structure - while making a statement all throughout the holidays. Do liquid highlighter the French girl way with this sparkly makeup from an iconic brand.

Rainforest of the Sea™ Radiance Drops, $32

Rainforest of the Sea™ Radiance Drops
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The Rainforest of the Sea™ collection by tarte has always let you embrace your inner mermaid - with sparkly and senSEAtional eyeshadow palettes, foundations, and lipsticks. And now they’re about to get you in a new type of SEA-sonal spirit (sorry, we’ll stop now) with the Rainforest of the Sea™ Radiance Drops. This elixir gives you a literal drop of radiance in your foundation - lighting up your body, face, or lips. It effortlessly absorbs into the skin and leaves a dewy glow without clogging your pores, making it ideal for all skin types and a great beginner product for those who want to dip their toes (or face, or shoulders) into sparkly holiday makeup. These radiance drops feature the exclusive tarte Rainforest of the Sea™ complex, a proprietary blend of algae and marine flower extracts that smooth out fine lines and wrinkles while softening the skin, along with Jojoba, Coconut, and Maracuja oils for a ton of beauty and wellness benefits. You can definitely add a few drops to your Water Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15, Hydrocealer Concealer, and other tarte makeup favorites. But you can also wear it by itself on your shoulders and chest for the all-over glow that everybody will be wearing at the Zoom holiday party!

Liquid Light Serum Highlighter by ILIA, $42

Liquid Light Serum Highlighter by ILIA
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Natural, fresh, clean… and also glowy. Just a few things you’re guaranteed with any ILIA product, and the Liquid Light Serum Highlighter is no exception. This makeup-skincare hybrid has a lightweight, serum-like consistency - formulated with a blend of organic and natural botanicals to melt into the skin and create a lit-from-within glow. And the sparkly makeup aspect is just the beginning, as Liquid Light is also just really good for your complexion. It features Hydrolyzed Algae to control oil and bacteria while conditioning the skin, Mastic to refine and create 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? That’s why ILIA will always be one of the best makeup-skincare brands, ever… and our MIRA community agrees. 100% agree that this formula is lightweight, and 94% say it blends well!

True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer by L’Oreal, $16

True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer by L’Oreal
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“This is a very natural highlighter, you can use it in so many different ways and it lasts forever!” If you’re as obsessed with multitasking beauty products as our MIRA community is, you’ll love this L’Oreal favorite that’s exactly what it sounds like - part lotion, part highlighter, and 100% glowy. This drugstore liquid highlighter gives you a beautiful tint of color while keeping skin moisturized and enhancing your natural glow. Wear it alone for a boost of hydration and natural look that’s perfect for everyday wear, or apply over powder or foundation for a more dewy and dramatic effect. You know, the kind that you always wear to the holiday party… even if it’s over Zoom this year. Bonus tip? Applying a dab of True Match Lumi Glotion in your Cupid’s bow area and blending in is one of the best beauty hacks to fake the appearance of fuller lips!

Strobe Cream by MAC, $35

Strobe Cream by MAC
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MAC will always be a favorite for the dramatic beauty enthusiasts. The brand is beloved by Hollywood, RuPaul’s drag queens, influencers and those who just love glam makeup. However, don’t think that MAC doesn’t have a soft side, too. You can also try the Strobe Cream, a unique formula for a hint of illumination that’s toned down, yet lights up your entire face. The MAC way. Part moisturizer, part highlighter, and part foundation - this beauty product provides your most glowing skin and healthy radiance, thanks to a blend of powerful vitamins and antioxidants. Like Green Tea, which is a key skin care ingredient for reducing acne and oil, anti-aging, and soothing the skin, among other things. You’ll always be good to glow while wearing Strobe Cream, which moisturizes your skin while enhancing tone and natural radiance. 90% of MIRA guests say that this liquid highlighter is brightening, and 96% call it hydrating and smooth.

N.Y.M.P.H. Not Your Mama’s Panty Hose All Over Body Highlighter by Huda Beauty, $62

N.Y.M.P.H. Not Your Mama’s Panty Hose All Over Body Highlighter by Huda Beauty
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Sure, liquid highlighter has a reputation for being natural and minimal. But you can definitely build it up to glam levels if you like, especially with N.Y.M.P.H. Not Your Mama’s Panty Hose by Huda Beauty. As any member of the beauty community knows, Huda Kattan is all about extravagance and glam makeup looks… and you can get a holiday glow up like hers with this sparkly makeup product. The water-based formula blends out effortlessly on your face and body for all-over illumination - providing a sunkissed summer glow in the winter that’s free of streaks or lines. Wear by itself, or mixed in with any of your foundations and creams, to light up every inch of your skin with captivating color. Speaking of which, there’s three of them to choose from. Luna is our favorite - a white-gold shimmer with hints of rose gold that’s simply perfect for the holidays. But you can also try the golden-bronze Aphrodite or pearlescent copper Aurora for influencer-approved illumination.

Born To Glow! Liquid Illuminator by NYX Professional Makeup, $7

Born To Glow! Liquid Illuminator by NYX Professional Makeup
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“I use the light pink one. It’s been my favorite, it’s a nice dewy glow,” one MIRA guest writes about the Born to Glow! Liquid Illuminator by NYX. And she’s not the only one who calls it a top-rated drugstore liquid highlighter. 90% of our community says this liquid highlighter is long lasting, smooth, and sheer - and the creamy formula gives you a natural glow throughout every season. You can still use it next summer and beyond! Blend your favorite shade over your cheekbones or décolletage for a touch of brightness, or layer multiple hues to light up your look for the holidays. Pro tip: it looks gorgeous when applied over the Born to Glow! foundation!  

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