How To Get Glowing Skin Without Highlighter

If you’re a true-blue makeup aficionado, you’ve probably used a makeup product not for its intended purpose multiple times. Sure, that lip balm is marketed to be used to rescue dry, chapped lips, but who says you can’t use it to highlight your face? Oh, that concealer you wrongly bought that’s two shades darker than your actual skin tone? No worries, you’ll just use it as a contour.


5 Ways To Get Your Glow On Without Highlighter

There’s no reason why your makeup products should only be limited to their intended use when they can be incredibly versatile. For example, highlighting your face merely means adding some glow to your skin to give it a bit of radiance, right? This means any product that can give you that shine and glow will work just as well as a regular highlighter. You don’t have to limit yourself to a traditional highlighting product just to draw attention to the high points of your face.

That being said, if you’re looking for ways to give your skin a bit of glow and dewiness without using highlighter, here are the products you can use instead:


Buying makeup products for your base (like foundation and concealer) that are a little too light or dark for your skin is a risk beauty lovers have to take when purchasing new makeup, and especially so if you’re a newbie in the world of beauty. The number of times yours truly has bought a concealer that was a total mismatch to her skin tone in the starting days of her makeup journey makes one wonder if she was buying products with both eyes closed. However, the good news is, if you’ve done the same and bought a concealer that’s a shade lighter than your skin, don’t be so fast to chuck it down the bin. You can use the concealer as a way to highlight the high points of your face in place of your regular highlighter. Even if your concealer doesn’t contain any shimmer or specks of glitter, lighter shade will still bring the eye to the areas of your face you wish to highlight. And a plus point? It will look more natural compared to a shimmery highlighting product.

Lip Balm

This is a no-brainer, I’m sure. The shine of lip balms makes them the perfect product to use in place of your regular highlighter. Simply dab your lip balm on the areas of your face where the sun would naturally hit such as your cheekbones, bridge of the nose, brow bone as well as your lips’ Cupid’s bow. Just be sure to go for a clear lip balm so you won’t end up with colourful streaks on your face (unless that’s the look you’re going for, in which case, you do you, girl). If you wish to amp up the glow, opt for a high-shine lip gloss instead. But we suggest applying the gloss with a light hand or else you’ll have a sticky mess on your face.


If you can use eyeshadow to highlight your brow bone to make your eye makeup pop, who’s stopping you from applying it on the rest of your face? If you’ve run out of your regular highlighter or you can’t find a suitable shade for your skin tone, just dig through your eyeshadow palettes. You’re bound to find a shade that works on your skin as a highlighter. Plus, eyeshadows come in a larger variety than highlighters, so you can experiment your heart out with eyeshadows of different textures, undertones and levels of shimmer. If you want to give your face a not-so-subtle glow, go for a super-shimmery shade and pat it on the high points of your face with a damp brush. For a more natural, sunkissed glow, opt for matte eyeshadows in colours one or two shades lighter than your skin tone.


Who says moisturisers are only used to hydrate your skin? If you’re light-handed with it, your moisturiser can easily double-up as a highlighter to lend your face a dewy appearance. Just squeeze a teeny, tiny dollop on your ring finger, rub the moisturiser in between both ring fingers and tap it on your cheekbones, nose bridge and anywhere else you wish to highlight. Make sure to be gentle when tapping the moisturiser onto your face because you don’t want to end up rubbing off your foundation and concealer.


While primers are usually applied prior to your makeup application to minimise enlarged pores and create a smoother skin texture, those that contain illuminating ingredients can also double as a highlighter. Just like moisturisers, primers will give you a dewy appearance that can challenge the glass skin of Korean celebrities. Once you’ve finished applying your makeup, simply dab the primer on the high points of your face and you’re all set with an illuminating glow.