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highlighters for dry skin

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for highlighters for dry skin.

Dry skin can be a real problem for people, especially those who are often outdoors or work in a dry environment. The good news is that there are products that can help you get the look you want while not being harsh on your skin. If you're looking for a highlighter that will be easy on your skin, there are plenty of choices.

tarteAmazonian Clay 12-hour Highlighter

Size: 0.20 oz/ 5.6 g·ITEM: 1851427

Color: Exposed - nude highlight

537 Reviews


Love this highlighter! It's very pigmented and doesn't dry out or irritate my combo/sensitive skin....Not an inch of glitter, just a gorgeous glow. This is what highlighters should feel and look like on skin.

What it is:
A 12-hour highlighter, powered by Amazonian clay for a radiant glow.

What it does:
Dust on long-lasting, ultra-light radiance with this 12-hour highlighter powered by Amazonian clay. Available in a luminous shades, each one brightens and awakens the high points of the face for a buildable glow on all skin tones. Formulated with tarte’s 12-hour power™, micro-pearlescent flecks mimic natural light reflection for a soft strobing effect in a unique, skin-perfecting formula that won’t cling to dry patches, flake, or fade.

MAKE UP FOR EVERUltra HD Soft Light Liquid Highlighter

Size: 0.4 oz/ 12 mL·ITEM: 2034759

Color: 20 - pink pearl

66 Reviews


I have been looking for a long time for a liquid highlighter (because I have dry skin) that was subtle and not too glittery. ...I don't know why nobody talks about this highlighter, but it is the BEST highlighter ever for textured skin.

What it is:
A unique, sparkle-free liquid highlighter that works to give your complexion a glowing luminosity as well as soft, subtle sheen.

What does:
Finally, a highlighter that actually looks and feels the way you want it to—never sparkly or sticky, just pure luminescence. Created with mother-of-pearl to exude that ever-coveted, natural, lit-from-within glow, this liquid formula glides onto skin seamlessly for a second skin effect. Complexion looks not only radiant, but perfected as Soft Light blurs and smooths the look of skin texture. Use it directly on skin to enhance features like your cheekbones or Cupid’s bow, or swirl it into foundation for an all-over, alluring glow.

NUDESTIXMagnetic Nude Glimmer Highlighter

Size: 0.34 oz/ 10 mL·ITEM: 2174977

Color: Bronzi Babe

31 Reviews


With a cream or stick, for example, it sort of melts into your skin ya know? This def dries don on top of your skin, if that makes sense. ...It also dries quickly so you better blend faster or else it’s gonna look patchy.

What it is: A luminous skin brightener and highlighter for eyes, cheeks, and lips that sets for all-day, waterproof wear.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, and phthalates. This product is also vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This glimmering, metallic gel melts onto skin for a lightweight, skin-like, nude glow that layers to a strobe highlighter for eye-brightening, face-highlighting, and lip-foiling. The long-wearing, waterproof formula provides the perfect sheen—from a candlelit glow to high-voltage foil effect.

Danessa Myricks BeautyIlluminating Veil Liquid Highlighter

Size: 1 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 2439883

Color: Radiance - deep golden brown

33 Reviews


I love this highlighter. My favorite so far. I use it practically every day. ...Best liquid highlighter around...This is such an amazing formula, adds glow but dries down matte. I use this for body glow and under/on top of foundation.

What it is: A richly pigmented, water-based liquid highlighter that can be used on the face and body.

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Avena Sativa Kernel Extract: Antioxidant skin-conditioning agent.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, triclosan, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance. It is also vegan and gluten-free.

What Else You Need to Know: Illuminating Veil Liquid Highlighter provides a beautiful luminous glow to the skin for added dimension. It can be worn under or over makeup or applied all over the face as a primer for a lit-from-within glow.

REFYGloss Highlighter

Size: 0.67 oz/ 20 g·ITEM: 2473445

Color: Topaz - subtle golden undertones with a glass-like glow finish

37 Reviews


Beautiful Highlighter!...I’ve always used Becca powder highlighters so this product was definitely a transition. ...LITERAL GLASS SKIN HIGHLIGHTER...I have probably tried ALL liquid and powder highlighters… THIS is literally a gloss highlighter that looks like glass.

What it is: A nonstick universal formula that can be used on top of makeup or as a primer base, giving you the perfect glass-like glow.

Coverage: Light



Highlighted Ingredients:
- VITAOILS PLUS: Deeply nourishes and visibly smooths the epidermis.
- dl-α-Tocopheryl Acetate: Antioxidant vitamin E.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens. It is also vegan, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

What Else You Need to Know: REFY's Gloss Highlighter can be used on cheekbones, eyelids, and under brows, or on the cupid's bow, lips, and collarbones.

Melt CosmeticsSexFoil Liquid Highlighter

Size: 1 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 2477982

Color: Peaches & Cream - golden peach

18 Reviews


Dries down and is transfer proof. Obsessed!...Looks like wet skin, but dries down fully...First liquid highlighter I’ve used which dries down fully yet stays looking like wet, glossy skin.

What it is: A highlighter that drenches your skin with an emulsion of liquid pearl pigments to illuminate, hydrate, and add radiant dimension—because everything looks better wet.

Coverage: Light



Ingredient Callouts:
Free of parabens. It is also vegan and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This lightweight liquid formula allows for a smooth application with a transfer-resistant finish. Wear it all over your face and body, mixed with foundation, or alone for a natural-looking glow.

Fenty Beauty by RihannaLiquid Killawatt Fluid Freestyle Highlighter

Size: 0.5 oz/ 15 mL·ITEM: 2484814

Color: Vintage Velour - platinum pink

40 Reviews


It dries quickly so be sure to position it before applying, I like to use it on the apples and shoulders, very like a natural sheen...Love all things Fenty but this highlighter has too much glitter, especially when dries down completely.

What it is: A super-fine liquid highlighter with an effortlessly buildable, skin-nourishing formula that leaves a fresh, ultra-modern shine.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens and phthalates. It is also cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter is now a liquid formula. Its next-level glow has super-fine shimmer that can build from a sheer veil to a showstopping, visible radiance. And its light-as-air radiance is transfer-resistant and dries down quickly. Plus, it comes in a range of shades for all skin tones.

LYS BeautyAim High Multi-Use Liquid Highlighter

Size: 0.60 oz/ 18 mL·ITEM: 2503779

Color: Brave - champagne

31 Reviews


The glow was lovely. Sun kissed. I love liquid highlighter as it doesn’t dry out my skin or become flaky. ...Got this highlighter complimentary from Lys Beauty, and I love it!

What it is: A multi-purpose liquid highlighter booster than can be used over, underneath or mixed with your foundation to give your skin an undeniable healthy-looking glow

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Myrciaria dubia Fruit Extract: Helps brighten the look of uneven skin tone and dark spots.
- Mangifera indica (Mango) Fruit Extract: Antioxidant benefits that help to soothe and replenish skin.
- Sodium Hyaluronate: Rich in vitamin A to visibly revitalize the look of skin.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

SmashboxSmashbox X Becca Mini Shimmering Skin Perfector Highlighter

Size: 0.08 oz/ 2.5 g·ITEM: 2504397

Color: Champagne Pop - a soft gold with pinky-peach pearl

1 Review


I’ve been tried lots of different brands but this one the Becca is Best highlighter ever gives me very natural look !

What it is: A most-loved highlighter from BECCA finds a new home at Smashbox—it's the same ultra-creamy formula you know and love for a natural, luminous glow.

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Radiant

Formulations: Pressed Powder

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Ultra-Fine Multidimensional Pearls: Reflects and refracts light from every angle for a buildable, luminous glow.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, phthalates, mineral oil, coal tar, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, and triclosan. It is also cruelty-free.

Charlotte TilburyPillow Talk Multi-Glow Face & Eye Highlighter Palette

Size: 0.24 oz / 7 g·ITEM: 2567931

Color: Dream Light - An ambient pink glow for warmer complexions

51 Reviews


Barbie’s Highlighter...I’m not the biggest fan of icey highlighters because they make warm skin tones look ashy but this had just enough warmth in it to make it look like your skin so I think fair light and light medium would enjoy this product. ...charlotte tilbury has the best highlighters...I already own so many amazing highlighters but this one still added something new.

What it is: A light-reflecting, multi-use highlighter with four shades in one for an all-over, glass-like glow in Charlotte’s iconic Pillow Talk hue.

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Silky Mica: Allows for a silky-smooth finish.
- Finely Milled Pearls: A long-lasting healthy glow without the glitter.
- Rich Emollient Oil: Infused pearl pigments enhance skin for a soft feel finish.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, triclosan, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance. It is also cruelty-free.

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