Best Highlighters for a Daytime Glow

Getting your (Daytime) glow on

A highlighter’s job is to mimic the subtle iridescent sheen of warm weather skin. If it does its job well, the result is glowy, seamless perfection! There is a catch. Before you throw caution to the wind and start applying your favorite highlighting product, know that the bright summer sun will take any sparkle and maximize it x 1000. Because of this, that super shimmery highlighter you swear by for a night out might look unnaturally icy in daytime light (no matter how much I love highlighter, I don’t want to blind my friends and family members with my cheekbones).

During the day, reach for subtle, finely milled formulas that are easy to blend. Look for a highlighter that melds into the skin instead of sitting on top of it.

Where you should apply highlighter

Use a small dab on your cheekbones, brow bone, and down the bridge of your nose. This will make your face look fresh and give you that great, dewy complexion.

My favs:

RMS Beauty living luminizer

This rms highlighter is super creamy and lightweight. It has a warm and subtle finish that doesn’t change in any light (not even fluorescent office light). I love to pat a little bit onto my eyelids using my ring finger, almost like a cream eye shadow. It makes me look bright-eyed and wide-awake.


Milk makeup face gloss

This face gloss is clear. That’s right, it’s completely shimmer-free. Apply it to the high points of your face just as you would with a normal highlighter, and you will get the most subtle, gorgeous highlight. It also doubles as eye gloss and even lip gloss in a pinch.