Top 3 Natural highlighters

When we think of that pretty pregnancy glow, we think of a flushed rosy cheek and a perfectly dewy shimmer across the cheekbones. But let’s face it, sometimes we feel more like a sticky, sweaty mess thanks to our red hot hormones. Add an attempt at insta-famous contouring and it can get downright streaky. There is a fine line between enhancing our natural glow and embarking on a veritable clown show or glittering like a disco ball. These fave natural highlighters of ours are not only non-toxic and safe to use during pregnancy, but also help you navigate that tight rope and light up the a good way.



What criteria did we use to select our top three pregnancy-safe picks? Learn about our process here. 


Ere Perez Vanilla Highlighter in Falling Star

Why we love it:

Like a creamy vanilla milkshake for your face, the texture is as silky smooth as the scent is pleasantly sweet (and for those skeptical of a vanilla nose, don’t worry, it doesn’t linger). The shimmer that this highlighter totes is completely sparkle free, leaving just a very subtle metallic sheen that glistens just enough to make you glow while still looking totally natural. And of course natural it is, filled with yummy ingredients like olive oil, avocado oil, and cocoa butter to nourish the skin while it makes you shine. We recommend the shade Falling Star as it is most universally flattering, but for those of you with a more sun-kissed skin tone, you will also love the Sun Halo which is a more golden base. You can find our favorite clean highlighter in our The Nurtured 9 Pregnancy Shop!


Ilia Illuminator in Cosmic Dancer

Why we love it:

We spent our whole lives seeking that dewy glow, with a shimmer that doesn’t read as sparkle—it’s a fine line. We never thought to look at all-natural options until pregnancy. Come to find out, it has been here all along. ILIA’s Cosmic Dancer Illuminator gives the perfect amount of golden based sheen to where you shine as the light hits your face, but doesn’t have any actual pigment to it. For a little more pow, you can opt for the Polka Dots & Moonbeams variety (which is a more traditional highlighter, less golden tint) or Sway (which packs a deep bronze glow).


RMS Living Luminizer

Why we love it:

This best-selling ultra-sheer illuminator from RMS is so popular, some might call it a “cult classic” product, with a strong customer-base of beauty editors, makeup artists, and celebrities like Gisele Bündchen, Miranda Kerr and Karlie Kloss (yes, we’re name dropping!). Made with clean, all-natural ingredients including hydrating coconut oil, the highlighter is easy to apply with finger tips and melts into skin, leaving behind a non-shimmery satin-pearl finish and a youthful glow that’s flattering on all skin tones. We also love that the RMS Living Luminizer comes in a chic, compact container that you can throw into your clutch for quick touch ups out on the town.

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Remember, every pregnancy is different, and we are not medical professionals, so if you’re concerned about any product we mention, please talk to your doctor to make sure you’re 100% comfortable with what you’re using on your body. We did our best to sort out what we feel are the best pregnancy-friendly options out there by conducting extensive research, including: talking with our own doctors, scouring the internet, sifting through product reviews, and chatting with other moms-to-be. We hope our research helps you find products that make you feel great!