Use a radial gradient on an element, with the lighter end of the gradient on the inside.
If you have an element that has something at its centre that you want to highlight, you can add a radial gradient as the background and make the middle of that element subtly lighter. In the example below I've used it to highlight the icon in the middle of a button, which catches a user's attention and invites them to tap the button.
If the lighter colour in the gradient is too light, it'll make the radial gradient very obvious. This effect still works even if the gradient is not obvious.
Make sure the lighter part of the gradient does not lower the contrast between the background and whatever you're trying to highlight.