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subtle highlight makeup

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for subtle highlight makeup.

Highlighting is a great way to add a touch of color and light to your face. It can also be used to draw attention to certain features, such as your eyes or your smile. The best way to highlight is with a liquid highlighter, which is easy to apply and blends well with other products.

MAKE UP FOR EVERArtist Face Color Highlight, Sculpt and Blush Powder

Size: 0.17 oz/ 5 g·ITEM: 1972652

Color: S214 - rosewood blush

742 Reviews

$23.00

every day highlight...Subtle but pretty, can be layered for more blinding highlight. ...the absolute best highlight, subtle but it gloooows

What it is:
A unique pressed powder formula in a refillable palette—providing intense color payoff in highlight, sculpt, and blush shades.

What it does:
Reveal your inner artist and create endless looks with Artist Face Color. Choose your palette size, then customize to your needs by mixing and matching your favorite. Artist Face Color’s unique formula features atomized pigments, which provide intense color payoff

SEPHORA COLLECTIONGolden Hour Liquid Highlighter

Size: 0.5 oz/ 15 mL·ITEM: 2019552

Color: 1 Sunlight

64 Reviews

$14.00

This adds a really pretty, glowy, flush either as a highlight or a blush. As a highlight, it gives that just out of the sun look....Perfect highlight

What it is:
A lightweight liquid highlighter for a diffused light effect.

What it does:
Bring light to your complexion with the newest member of the Golden Hour franchise. Sephora Collection’s lightweight liquid highlighters add luminosity to skin, while multi-layered micro pearls create a beautiful, glowing finish. The silky cream texture blends effortlessly onto skin and looks gorgeous alone, yet layers beautifully with other makeup. Create your own blog-worthy diffused light effect.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens

NUDESTIXMagnetic Nude Glimmer Highlighter

Size: 0.34 oz/ 10 mL·ITEM: 2174969

Color: 99% Angel

31 Reviews

$28.00

favorite liquid highlight...If you’ve had trouble with cream/liquid highlights but powders look textured on you- try this!...This is my new go-to highlight. I prefer cream highlights and have been using Benefit’s for years.

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.

ILIAMulti-Stick Cream Blush + Lip Tint

Size: 0.18 oz·ITEM: 2199875

Color: Summertime - warm bronze

1.1K Reviews

$34.00

It goes on where i want it to and highlights my skin beautifully. I can make it as bold or a subtle as i feel like. ...Before this, I was accustomed to pressed highlights and had to learn how to apply stick highlights on top of foundation.

What it is: A buildable wash of color for cheeks and lips—now in a dewy and luminous finish to instantly wake up skin.

Coverage: Light

Finish:
Radiant

Formulation:
Cream

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Shea Butter: Nourishes skin and creates a creamy texture that melts on contact.
- Avocado Oil: Softens and nourishes skin with antioxidants and fatty acids.
- Orange Peel Wax: Protects and conditions skin with a breathable feel.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This creamy, multiuse formula melts with the warmth of skin for a fresh, foolproof veil of color anyone can wear.

Melt CosmeticsBlushlight

Size: 0.178 oz / 5.045 g·ITEM: 2229615

Color: Sundown - golden bronze

33 Reviews

$22.00

green alien highlight dream...Love this! Such a unique highlight. Shows up great on my light medium tone...This is a unique, shifty highlight! The texture is smooth and subtle, so I experienced little emphasizing and no shadow along my light skin tone.

What it is: A pigmented blush in a buttery-soft, easily-blended, buildable formula in a range of colors and textures for a natural-to-dramatic flush.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens.

What Else You Need to Know: Add a youthful flush to the face with Melt Cosmetics’ Blushes (sold separately) and Blushlights. The creamy, pressed-powder formula melts into skin flawlessly for a natural hint of color. Don’t be afraid to build and layer. Blushlights can be layered over blushes for a striking color shift.

tarteMini Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

ITEM: 2274017

Color: Seduce - rosy nude

69 Reviews

$15.00

Really great shade- blends easily and goes on as a subtle shine....I love tarte pressed powders (shadows, highlight, contours etc) because of how soft and blend able they are.

What it is: A travel size of the award-winning powder blush that looks flawless all day, thanks to longwearing Amazonian clay.

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Amazonian Clay: Nature's most perfect ingredient for better, longer, truer wear.
- Mineral Pigments: Soothe and soften skin around the lash line.
- Vitamin E: A natural preservative that also acts as an emollient and antioxidant.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, and triclosan. This product is also cruelty-free and gluten-free.

ILIADayLite Highlighter Powder

Size: 0.23 oz/ 6.6 g·ITEM: 2354058

Color: Starstruck - deep rose gold

32 Reviews

$34.00

Perfect summer highlight for me. It looks natural but still gives you a great glow. ...gorgeous highlight...Really pretty natural shine highlight. It doesn’t have glitter particles in it and doesn’t emphasize texture like some highlights do so this is great if you want the glow from within look.

What it is: A clean, talc-free highlighting powder that awakens the look of skin, blends easily, and imparts a visibly luminous glow.

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Jojoba Seed Oil: A noncomedogenic oil that hydrates and nourishes.
- Silica Beads: A natural powder that creates a soft focus filter with a silky slip.

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

What Else You Need to Know: This butter-soft, blendable powder is finely milled for light-as-air luminosity—with a metallic finish that adds natural depth and dimension to the high points of your face. It’s buildable from a subtle shimmer to a supercharged highlight.

JLo BeautyThat Star Filter Highlighting Complexion Booster

Size: 1.0 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 2406833

Color: Warm Bronze

426 Reviews

$39.00

And it worked well as a base for my powder highlight when I decided I did want more blinged out highlight. ...I never liked mixing highlights like these with foundations so I didn’t try it that way, maybe it adds more or a subtle glow when mixed with foundation.

What it is: A sheer, skin-enhancing, complexion boosting serum formulated with light-bouncing mineral pigments and vitamin E to deliver a subtle or all-over glow.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Fine lines and wrinkles, Dryness, and Uneven texture

Formulation: Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Mineral Pigments: Visibly diffuse light, blur imperfections, and enhance skin's radiance.
- Vitamin E: Provides antioxidant protection by fighting off free radicals..
- JLo Beauty™ Olive Complex (Blend of Squalene, Fermented Oil, Extra Virgin Oil and Leaf Extract): Delivers rich hydration.

MILK MAKEUPColor Chalk Multi-Use Powder Pigment

Size: 0.09 oz / 2.5 g·ITEM: 2428035

Color: Kickball - bronze

73 Reviews

$18.00

So much more pronounced than any powder highlight but it’s not gritty in my opinion. I want every color....Peut être utiliser en highlight!

What it is: A clean, extruded-powder pigment that glides on smoothly for buildable payoff on eyes, cheeks, and lips. It comes in a peel-off wrapper and a portable, reusable tube.

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

What Else You Need to Know: Build bolder color with silky, shimmering shades. Designed to be used wet or dry, this formula has a subtle scent made with a blend of essential oils. It comes in a peel-off wrapper and a protective, portable, reusable flip-top tube, so there’s no unnecessary packaging, pan, or palette waste. Since these pigments are handmade, no two are alike.

Iconic LondonSilk Glow Blush and Highlight Duo

Size: 0.21 oz·ITEM: 2554574

Color: Coral Glow - coral

38 Reviews

$39.00

Loving this Blush and highlight and how smooth it applies...LOVE this blush & highlight duo. It’s the cutest blush color and gives a perfect glow!

What it is: A beautiful blush and a luminous highlighter with a gel-powder texture to deliver a glossy shot of radiance and a flush of color in one sweep.

Coverage: Light

Finish:
Radiant

Formulation:
Pressed Powder

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Pearlescent Pigments: Deliver a luminous finish.
- Emollients: Provide a silky sensorial feel and blurring effect.
- Skin Conditioning Agent: Provides a silky feel.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, retinyl palmitate, sulfates SLS & SLES, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance. It is also cruelty-free.

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