The non-highlighter alternatives for creating a natural lit-from-within glow

The pros spill their insider hacks

BeautyCrew Junior Beauty Writer / July 26 2019

We love high-beam highlighters as much as the next person, but occasionally we want to wear a slightly more subdued lit-from-within kind of glow. The type that looks like it’s actually your skin that’s imparting that dewy sheen. Luckily, this seems to be an increasing trend amongst some of the world’s best makeup artists, who – more often than not – appear to be reaching for unconventional highlighting products that allow them to achieve a natural-looking luminosity.

Yep, it’s time to put down the highlighter and leave your glow in the hands of some other beauty products.

Katie Jane Hughes, makeup artist and friend to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Ashley Graham, is widely known for using Weleda Skin Food to give skin the glossy sheen she is recognised for. As she recently explained to goop, “[I] use a really rich moisturiser, like Weleda Skin Food, instead of a traditional highlighter: Work a bit of it into the high points of the face for a sport-luxe sheen.”

Renowned editorial makeup artist Alice Lane also confessed to goop that she prefers to use hydrating alternatives in place of traditional highlighters, “I love to use oils and balms as highlighter.” Lane added that she loves to use lip balm because it’s “great in a pinch: Warm it between your fingers and press it into the high points of your face.”

Looking for more pro tips to achieve an envious glow? Rae Morris’s trick will stop you from making this common highlighter mistake.

Do you have any products you like to use instead of highlighter for a lit-from-within glow? Let us know in the comments below.

Main image credit: @rosiehw

Briar was a Beauty Crew intern before she joined the crew full time in 2019 as a Beauty Assistant, and as a Junior Beauty Writer as of 2020. She is a self-professed skin care obsessive, always on the hunt for the perfect mascara, and can't go past a Fenty lipgloss.