The 7 Best Body Shimmers of 2021

Discover the best body shimmer for every season.

Glowy, shimmery, shiny, and glamorous. If you’ve wondered how Hollywood stars look like actual stars when they walk the red carpet, it has a lot to do with their body shimmer.

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Something that all the top makeup artists swear by, body shimmer will fast-track you to healthy, glowy skin without spending hours in the sun. It’s said that the finer the mill of shimmer, the more natural the look. But hey, if you really wanna shine, why keep things small!

Ideal for the sunshine season and when the cold snap returns, the very best body shimmer of 2021 is detailed in this all-you-need-to-know guide.

How to Make Shimmer Oil

You don’t need to spend a lot to make your skin shimmer and shine. Start by picking out a scented natural oil such as Jojoba, Hazelnut, or Apricot Kernel. Next, add about 5% Isopropyl Myristate to help reduce greasiness. Once you’ve got that mixed, add in 2 grams of Golden Mica (the DIY shimmer dust), and you’re ready to shine!

Or if you’ve suffered a tragic accident and dropped your favourite highlighter (R.I.P.), bring it back to life as a shimmer body lotion! Simply mix your broken highlighter with a dollop of moisturiser, perhaps either L'Occitane Shea Butter Body Lotion or La Roche-Posay Lipikar Lait Body Milk and smooth over skin for a shimmer finish. What a great cheap body shimmer idea!

How to Use Shimmer Spray and Where Do I Put It?

What you don’t want to look like is a toddler who’s been let loose in the craft cupboard. Think subtle and sun-kissed. Think about where the light naturally hits your body when it’s in the sun. A little dusting of body shimmer spray across your collarbones and along bare legs will highlight your features and give you a glow.

What is Body Shimmer?

A body shimmer can range from the sparkliest, most stand-out glittery look to a subtle, dewy sheen. It all depends on how hard you want to shine! It can be a powder product that you apply with a brush or a puff; a spray; a lotion; or an oil.

How to make body shimmer with highlighter? And even more importantly, where to put body shimmer? Well, simply pick out your favourite face highlighter and mix it with a lotion you can smooth over your exposed body parts. So glowy!

If you don’t enjoy DIY and need a little help from the professionals, we’ve got the top 7 body shimmers for you to try.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Shimmer Body Oil is a cult classic. With an irresistible scent, a quick spritz of this shimmer body oil will really pep up your skin.

Perfect for a night out, a special occasion, or an average Tuesday, Anastasia Beverly Hills Shimmer Body Oilshimmering oil deeply nourishes skin, keeps you hydrated, and does it all without any silicones or harsh chemicals. Work the oil into your skin to help blur out imperfections. The coconut-vanilla scent will transport you to a day on the beach, trust us.

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Shimmering Oil Spray for Hair & Body will give you an endless summer glow. And you can use it on your hair! With a Solar Floral fragrance, this is a truly luxurious shimmer spray for day and night.

Perfect at reviving tired skin and hair, just a quick spritz of Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Shimmering Oil Spray for Hair & Body will give you a sun-kissed shine. Simply shake well, spray, smooth, and go. Bronze Goddess shimmering body oil spray is a cult classic for a reason!

ICONIC London Body Illuminator is a gel-textured highlighter you can use on your body. With a pump top for easy application, the lightweight formula won’t leave skin feeling sticky. Scented with just a hint of Vanilla, the dewy formula is available in 2 glowy shades. With just a hint of gold body shimmer, you’ll feel decadent and stunning.

To use, simply pick where on your body you want to glow, and apply ICONIC London Body Illuminator. For a show-stopping effect, pair it with the ICONIC London Body Brush.

Made in Australia and completely vegan, SALT BY HENDRIX Body Glow is the body illuminator you’ll want to get your hands on. Available in 3 shades, the body oils will coat your body in a natural glow while keeping skin hydrated.

Gentle enough to use on the face and body, SALT BY HENDRIX Body Glow is naturally crafted with Camellia, Apricot Kernel, Jojoba, Argan, and Coconut oils. Wear this body glow to keep skin looking and feeling its healthiest.

If you’re looking for a model-like, youthful glow, you might find your perfect product in Loving Tan Bronze Shimmer. Enriched with micronised pigments for a soft-focus finish, this body shimmer or over a fake tan to boost your glow. It’s a great liquid body shimmer that will have your strutting your stuff—even on an average Tuesday.

Infused with Aloe Vera, Coffee, and Pomegranate extracts, Loving Tan Bronze Shimmer - Medium keeps the body moisturised and nourished. Plus, it’s a great shimmering body product for every skin type, coming in a range of different shades. This product leaves skin feeling velvet-soft and looking beautifully luminescent.

Customise Your Glow

Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer Highlighter can be used on the face and body. The formula is inspired by organza for an intense shimmer. This lightly pigmented formula comes in a range of shades, so you can pick and play until you get the effect you desire. It’s the ideal skin perfecting body shimmer for every day and special occasions.

Customise Your Glow

Accentuate your favourite facial feature by adding a little Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer Highlighterto your foundation. For a dewy, bronze shimmer body lotion effect, apply to your Cupid's bow, cheekbones, nose, and brow bone. Stunning!

This vegan, cruelty-free, Australian-made body cream is ideal for those who love a subtle glow. Designer Brands Glow Luminous Body Cream is an ultra-rich cream that’s enriched with Sandalwood and Vanilla for a relaxing scent. Grapeseed Oil, Liquorice Root, Willow Herb, and Orchid Extract make the cream a luxurious experience.

If you’re looking for the best body shimmer for pale skin, this is a great option. For a subtle glow that’ll give you some feel-good vibes, rub Designer Brands Glow Luminous Body Cream into skin morning and night.

So, let's recap the 7 Best Body Shimmers of 2021

  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Shimmer Body Oil

  2. Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Shimmering Oil Spray for Hair & Body

  3. ICONIC London Body Illuminator

  4. SALT BY HENDRIX Body Glow

  5. Loving Tan 2HR Express Mousse in Medium

  6. Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer Highlighter

  7. Designer Brands Glow Luminous Body Cream

Brand and product inclusions are at the sole discretion of Adore Beauty’s highly trained Customer Service team. We do not seek or accept payment from brands or individuals listed in our guides.

This article has been updated on 16/02 to replace discontinued products with our recent product recommendations. Hannah from our Customer Service team has helped to bring you our most recommended products and up-to-date information.  

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