36 Luminous Highlighters for Glowing Skin

There are so many highlighters available these days! They come in assortment of undertones, depths, finishes, and formulas. This post features top-rated shades, across formula types, that deliver a more moderate glow, often more luminous than overtly shimmery or metallic (but definitely not subtle!).

I’ve organized the shades by depth–lighter, more mid-tone, and darker–to make it easy to find the kind of highlighter depth you prefer. Each section includes a mix of formulas (powder, cream, liquid, etc.) and tones (not just gold!).

We should always play and experiment to see what kind of colors and products we like on ourselves, but sometimes a guideline or two is useful for those who are still learning their way. Typically, highlighters are lighter than one’s skin tone and are designed to reflect light where it is applied, which is why they’re often applied on the high points of the face (cheek bones, below the arch of the brow, cupid’s bow, etc.).

I’ve also written some how-tos that you may find useful on applying highlighters:

Luminous Highlighters – Lighter

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02. Pink Mist Sydney Grace

Sydney Grace

PPermanent. $9.00/0.25 oz.

A+

Sydney Grace Pink Mist Highlighter ($9.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a pale, whitish-beige base with pink-to-lavender shifting pearl throughout. It had a...

Sydney Grace Pink Mist Highlighter ($9.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a pale, whitish-beige base with pink-to-lavender shifting pearl throughout. It had a...

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03. Pearl Physicians Formula

Physicians Formula

PPermanent. $10.99/0.17 oz.

A+

Physicians Formula Pearl Butter Highlighter ($10.99 for 0.17 oz.) is a soft white with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was...

Physicians Formula Pearl Butter Highlighter ($10.99 for 0.17 oz.) is a soft white with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was...

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05. Afterglow Milani

Milani

PPermanent. $10.00/0.3 oz.

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Milani Afterglow Strobelight Instant Glow Powder ($10.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a very light peach with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had...

Milani Afterglow Strobelight Instant Glow Powder ($10.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a very light peach with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had...

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08. Ozone NABLA Cosmetics

NABLA Cosmetics

PPermanent. $26.00/0.23 oz.

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NABLA Cosmetics Ozone Skin Glazing Highlighter Powder ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a pale champagne beige with moderate, warm undertones and a...

NABLA Cosmetics Ozone Skin Glazing Highlighter Powder ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a pale champagne beige with moderate, warm undertones and a...

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11. Pearl Becca

Becca

PPermanent. $38.00/0.25 oz.

A-

[retailer name='sephora']Becca Pearl Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed[/retailer] ($38.00 for 0.25 oz.) is described as a "soft luminescent white." ...

[retailer name='sephora']Becca Pearl Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed[/retailer] ($38.00 for 0.25 oz.) is described as a "soft luminescent white." ...

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12. Laguna Persona

Persona

PPermanent. $24.00/0.26 oz.

B+

Persona Laguna Cali Glow Highlighter ($24.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a pale, white gold with warm, yellow undertones and flecks of gold micro-sparkle...

Persona Laguna Cali Glow Highlighter ($24.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a pale, white gold with warm, yellow undertones and flecks of gold micro-sparkle...

Luminous Highlighters – Mid-tone

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03. Amnesia NABLA Cosmetics

NABLA Cosmetics

PPermanent. $26.00/0.23 oz.

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NABLA Cosmetics Amensia Skin Glazing Highlighter Powder ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a light-medium gold with stronger, warm undertones and a...

NABLA Cosmetics Amensia Skin Glazing Highlighter Powder ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a light-medium gold with stronger, warm undertones and a...

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04. Wisp Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $8.00/0.15 oz.

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Wisp is a champagne gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had medium, buildable coverage when applied with a stippling brush and...

Wisp is a champagne gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had medium, buildable coverage when applied with a stippling brush and...

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05. Uoeno Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $8.00/0.33 oz.

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Colour Pop Uoeno Lite Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a medium beige with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had very fine pearl that made it...

Colour Pop Uoeno Lite Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a medium beige with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had very fine pearl that made it...

07.

07. Warm Embrace Catrice

Catrice

PPermanent. $6.99/0.1 oz.

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Catrice Warm Embrace 3D Glow Highlighter ($6.99 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium, peachy gold with warm undertones and a luminous finish. It had good...

Catrice Warm Embrace 3D Glow Highlighter ($6.99 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium, peachy gold with warm undertones and a luminous finish. It had good...

08.

08. Rose Quartz Jouer

Jouer

PPermanent. $24.00/0.16 oz.

A-

Rose Quartz is a light pink with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. I found the mini version to pull a bit warmer on me overall, though...

Rose Quartz is a light pink with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. I found the mini version to pull a bit warmer on me overall, though...

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12. Be My Sunlight Essence

Essence

PPermanent. $4.49/0.23 oz.

A-

Essence Be My Sunlight Pure Nude Highlighter ($4.99 for 0.23 oz.) is a soft, golden peach with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had...

Essence Be My Sunlight Pure Nude Highlighter ($4.99 for 0.23 oz.) is a soft, golden peach with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had...

Luminous Highlighters – Darker

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01. Boss Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $8.00/0.33 oz.

A

Colour Pop Boss Lite Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a rich, coppery-brown with fine, golden pearl throughout that gave it a soft, metallic finish....

Colour Pop Boss Lite Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a rich, coppery-brown with fine, golden pearl throughout that gave it a soft, metallic finish....

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04. Molten Umber Glossier Play

Glossier Play

PPermanent. $20.00/0.34 oz.

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Glossier Play Molten Umber Niteshine Highlighter Concentrate ($20.00 for 0.34 oz.) is a rich, chocolaty bronze with subtle, warm undertones and...

Glossier Play Molten Umber Niteshine Highlighter Concentrate ($20.00 for 0.34 oz.) is a rich, chocolaty bronze with subtle, warm undertones and...

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05. Your Treat Coloured Raine

Coloured Raine

PPermanent. $25.00/0.28 oz.

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Coloured Raine Your Treat Focal Point Glowlighter ($25.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen....

Coloured Raine Your Treat Focal Point Glowlighter ($25.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen....

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07. Adults Only NABLA Cosmetics

NABLA Cosmetics

PPermanent. $26.00/0.23 oz.

A

NABLA Cosmetics Adults Only Skin Glazing Highlighter Powder ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a deep, coppery red with warm undertones and a luminous...

NABLA Cosmetics Adults Only Skin Glazing Highlighter Powder ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a deep, coppery red with warm undertones and a luminous...

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08. Lucent Jungle NABLA Cosmetics

NABLA Cosmetics

PPermanent. $26.00/0.23 oz.

A

NABLA Cosmetics Lucent Jungle Skin Glazing Highlighter Powder ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a medium, reddish-copper base with warmer, golden copper...

NABLA Cosmetics Lucent Jungle Skin Glazing Highlighter Powder ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a medium, reddish-copper base with warmer, golden copper...

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12. Nova Melt Cosmetics

Melt Cosmetics

PPermanent. $39.00/0.28 oz.

A-

Melt Cosmetics Nova Digital Dust Highlight ($39.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium-dark copper with warm, brown undertones and a luminous sheen. It...

Melt Cosmetics Nova Digital Dust Highlight ($39.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium-dark copper with warm, brown undertones and a luminous sheen. It...

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Thank you Christine – this is really helpful for anyone trying to wade through all the varying highlighters tthat abound. The way you have organised it makes it easy to find what would suit you best.

LOL…it’s been years and I’m still coveting Laura Mercier Matte Radiance 01. Pretty sure I don’t need it bc I have KA candlelight and Becca Moonstone but still like it.

Definitely skippable if you have Candlelight! Moonstone’s finish is more intense but Candlelight is more comparable!

Nice picks, Christine. I find myself gravitating to colour or mid-tone intensity h/lā€™s versus the lighter ones I used to wear. Tastes change over time so this is handy.

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