It’s common in the beauty industry to ask models and influencers a single question: what’s your one product you’d never leave the house without? More and more, highlighters and luminizers are rising to the top of these famed lists. Loved for enhancing facial features and creating a natural glow, these shimmery products have become a must-have staple for all.

Maybelline FaceStudio Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter


Apply with fingertips or a sponge. A sponge will use more product—just a heads up. Available in other colors. Micro-pearl liquid formula. Adds dimension and enhances features.

L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator



Warm skin tones should buy the Golden colorway; neutral skin tones should go for Rose; cool skin tones should give Ice a shot. Available in other colors.   Can be worn alone or mixed with foundation. Create a subtle contour or illuminate for an all-over glow.

Maybelline Facestudio Master Strobing Stick Highlighter




This product is great for highlight rookies. Available in other colors. Cream highlighter that is lightweight, creamy texture.

Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder


Days when your makeup feels a little flat. The shimmer in this product adds dimension to your look. Available in other colors. Ultra-pearly finish. Easy-to-blend formula.

NYX Cosmetics Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator

Mix a tiny bit of this in your liquid foundation for a subtle glow all day long. Lightweight, used as a foundation base or as a highlighter that enhances complexion.

Flower Glisten Up Highlighter Chubby in Pearl Shimmer


The subtle, nude tone that is self-sharpening crayon. Smooth and lightweight. Sheer, buildable coverage.

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter


The colorways offer a vibrant, pop of highlight for every skin tone. Available in other colors. Define and highlight the key areas of the face. Light powder.

NYX Professional Makeup Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder


Consumers who aren’t looking for a natural makeup look. This highlighter is a little extra—in the best way. Available in other colors. Delivers a luminous finish. Brush along the highest points of the face.

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter

This highlight is under five bucks—talk about a steal. Available in other colors. Natural finish. Illuminates the cheeks.
 

Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter


This highlighter works well on all skin tones. Infused with metallic pigments. Apply lightly for a subtle glow, or build up application for a bold look. Soft powder formula.

Currently don’t have a favorite you’re using? Click through our top finds of drugstore highlighters and be on your way to making the most out of each and every lighting situation you come across.