Published by Emmie Michaud.

Whether you’re planning your look for a Valentine’s date night or just want to get your glow on during the winter months, a highlighter will do the trick. Thanks to beauty bloggers, highlighter has become an unstoppable makeup trend. Light-reflecting pigments in powder or liquid form can be applied to cheekbones, eyelids, and the nose to give your complexion a luminous glow. Unfortunately, highlighters from some brands are tested on animals or contain ingredients derived from animals. Thankfully, you can still glow compassionately with one of these vegan and cruelty-free highlighters!

100% Pure Luminating Créme

This is a creamy vegan highlighter that will give your skin an incandescent glow. Its convenient creamy formula and soft applicator make it simple to apply. You can choose from two dreamy shades, which retail for $24 each.

wet n wild MegaGlo Dual-Ended Contour Stick

The wet n wild MegaGlo Dual-Ended Contour Stick offers double benefits at a low price point. For about $6, you’ll get not only a solid creamy highlighter but also a contouring end. Choose from 2 shades, and enjoy the same benefits that you’d get from much pricier products.

Pacifica Get Lit Multi-High Light

This one has the subtle shimmer of the most popular highlighters, with a gold-toned pigment that makes it look natural in any light. For the affordable price of $15, you can glow all day, every day!

Feeling Younger by Lush


Feeling Younger by Lush is a different kind of highlighter, in that it offers the benefits of a skin-soothing moisturizer, rather than just a makeup product. Touted as a “skin tint,” Feeling Younger reflects light in order to give the skin a radiant appearance. At about $20, this highly rated product offers great value.

No matter which of these highlighters you choose, you can glow a little extra in the knowledge that no animals were harmed for your beauty. For a full list of cruelty-free and vegan beauty brands, check out PETA’s online database.

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