Highlighter is one of the most versatile makeup inventions of all time—but it most certainly is not the most foolproof. The goal of highlighting products—whether you’re using a powder, cream, or liquid formula—is to accentuate and draw attention to the high points of your, like your cheekbones, the tip of your nose, inner corners, and cupid’s bow. Unfortunately, many highlighters are densely pigmented and/or contain an unsightly amount of glitter and shine, which results in a look that’s anything but natural. While we’re all for the iridescent, over-the-top glow-up (and if you are too, go for it!), if you prefer a more subtle take on the makeup trend, liquid highlighters are a great way to get a buildable and natural-looking sheen.

Because of liquid formulas’ malleability, you’re able to get precise control of your blending, allowing you to build up as much—or little—pigment as your heart desires. You can sheer it for daytime, and add a dash more for the evening time—the possibilities are endless. Liquid highlighters are also great mixers to add into your foundation if you’re looking for a barely-there glow that gives your skin a little more radiance without looking too sparkly. Scroll through below to check out some of our favorite illuminating liquid highlights for an elusive glow.

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