With warmer temps and more sunshine, it’s time to work on that dewy springtime glow with some cruelty free highlighters! I’ve rounded up my top 10 that deliver the best results when it comes to glow.
As some of you might know, I made the switch to using cruelty-free everything a little over a year ago. It has been one of the best choices I’ve made and has now led me to so many amazing clean beauty products as well! If you’re interested in making the switch to cruelty-free and clean beauty products, read this post on how to start and which products to switch first. It’s helpful to get educated about the harmful chemicals to look out for on labels. Credo has a complete ‘dirty list’ and very detailed explanations of the side effects etc!
These 10 cruelty free highlighters are the best for everyday glow…
Cruelty Free and Vegan Powder Highlighters
Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Pressed Highlighter (cruelty-free): The Becca highlighter is a cult-favorite for a reason. The pigment is unbeatable, the color range is huge, and it’ll last you forever. I wear this one in either ‘Champagne Pop’ or ‘Rosy Quartz’ on a daily basis! 90% of the time I reach for a powder highlighter; it’s the best for my combination/oily skin. As my skin gets oily throughout the day, sometimes creamier highlighters have transferred down my face a bit. You don’t have to worry about that with powder! These also come in mini size which are perfect for travel.
Pixi by Petra Glow-Y Duo (cruelty-free): Definitely turn to this brand for affordable but high-performing products. This highlighter duo is well formulated to bring a depth of glow to your look. Since there are two colors, you can wear each by itself or together for more depth to your highlight. I love how delicately this one wears!
Urban Decay Backtalk Palette (cruelty-free): I was thrilled when Urban Decay gifted me this gorgeous palette (thank you!). It seriously has everything you need all in one place. You can go from light feminine looks to smokier more romantic vibes. BUT an added bonus of this palette is the light pink shimmery highlighter it includes! The soft pink undertones of the highlighter complement any rosy or pink blush and add dimension to your look. I also think pink highlighter hues are a great place to start just since they tend toward the more natural glow realm!
Hourglass Strobe Lighting Powder (vegan & cruelty-free): Hourglass cosmetics are high-quality all around. Their highlighters are no exception! These highlighter powders are specially formulated to catch the light and give you an easy, effortless glow-from-within look. Since the product is aiming for a more naturally glowing look, these do go on a bit lighter/are a bit more sheer than other powders.
(P.S. I also highly recommend their bronzer for exceptional blendability and natural shades that don’t give harsh contour lines. I also have been using their stick foundation for over a year now and will never ever go back to liquid. If you’re in the market for a new foundation, I highly, highly recommend it!)
Liquid and Cream Highlighters
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Highlighter Wand (cruelty-free): This highlighter really delivers when it comes to glow. It’s a must-buy when it comes to cruelty free highlighters! It’ll look like you just got your makeup professionally done. Whenever my friend wears this one, she always gets so many compliments! You can just dab this one on your cheekbones, bridge of your nose, cupid’s bow etc. to get the desired glow. I’d start out with a little and then add if you want more shimmer. If I really want to be a dewy goddess, I put this one on and then the Becca powder over it to set it.
rms beauty Luminizer (clean & cruelty-free): This would be your go-to for a very natural glow. Are you the type of girl that just wears a bit of foundation or concealer? Add this into your routine. I have the satin-pearl shade and anytime I wear it I love how it appears like I’m glowing from within. It is coconut oil based, so I would apply it sparingly if you have more oily skin! Because of my oilier skin, I can’t live without powder over my foundation. This one doesn’t layer over powder well so I apply it after my foundation and then take a beautyblender to apply my powder just in my T-zone!
Rituel de Fille Rare Light Luminzer (clean & cruelty-free): This product is so gorgeous on and the packaging/branding is so luxe! I have it in the ‘Anthelion’ shade and it’s like I’m adding 24K gold flakes onto my skin. The pigment is so rich and really delivers. This would be another great addition for any of you makeup minimalists. My same application tips from above apply here too if your skin tends toward the oily combo side!
Hourglass Highlighting Stick (vegan & cruelty-free): If you’re wanting to try out highlighter in your routine, this highlighter stick would be a good place to start. It adds a sheer but natural glow. Once you’re ready to amp it up a bit, layer an Hourglass highlighter powder over it for more of a statement.
Glossier Haloscope (vegan, clean & cruelty-free): Another affordable ($22) option for those new to wearing highlighter or minimal makeup people. I love its size because it’s easy to travel with or throw in your makeup bag to add glow on the go!
Juice Beauty Illuminating Primer (clean & cruelty-free): Now here is a different route to highlight altogether! If you’re looking to get a lit-from-within, more subtle glow, then this would be your product of choice. I recommend starting out by using this product sparingly as a primer or just on the high points of your face under your foundation. I went a little too heavy the first time I used it, and my face ended up looking too shiny all over! You can also easily mix a drop or two of this into your regular primer or liquid foundation for an added glowy touch.
I hope you’re ready to get glowing with these cruelty free highlighters! I’ve loved adding in a bit of shimmer to my everyday makeup routine, and I think you will, too. You can see more of my must-have clean and cruelty-free makeup and skincare products here!