12 Highlighters for Every Skin Tone
If there's one beauty trend that shows zero signs of slowing down anytime soon, it's highlighter. Up until the past year or so, many of us missed out on just how heavenly a swipe of high-shine shimmer can look. Thankfully there's now an overflow of glow at our disposal, and it comes with tons of illuminating options for various complexions. Find your best match in the slides ahead.
Stila Heavens Dew Highlighter in Silverlake ($25): A silvery shine like this works best on fair skin with cooler undertones.
Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Bar in Water ($7): Use this zodiac-inspired palette of blue, silver, and purple to create a strobing effect that’ll look otherworldly. The cool-toned shimmer can be used wet or dry for different finishes that flatter fair skin tones.
Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter CLF Edition in Diamond Ball-Out ($34): Meet the platinum counterpart to Fenty's warm-toned breakout-star, Trophy Wife. One hundred percent of every purchase of this limited-edition, cool-toned version benefits Rihanna's non-profit organization, the Clara Lionel Foundation. Know what else it benefits? Fair skin.
essence Pure Nude Cosmolighter ($5): If you have fair skin and are in search of buildable, subtle sheen with a hint of iridescence, start here.
Maybelline New York Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter in Molten Peach ($10): Warm peach undertones mixed with gold are the perfect blend for light caramel skin.
Farsali Jelly Beam Highlighter in Rose Goals ($40): The OG jiggly highlighter not only applies like jelly and sets like a powder, but it now also comes in a warm rose gold shade that pairs beautifully with warm olive skin, as well as lighter caramel tones.
Persona Cosmetics Cali Glow Highlighter in Del Mar ($24): Cream highlighters work wonders in warmer weather, not to mention on dry skin. This particular one looks best for dark chocolate skin tones, but since the sparkle is muted, it can also double as a bronzer for the fairer set.
Flesh Ripe Flesh Glisten Drops in Vibrate ($28): This new, soon-to-be cult-fave brand totally nailed the ethereal glow with four highlighters that work wonders on different shades — including this deep bronze liquid that's perfect for rich chocolate brown skin.
Ga-De Everglow Holographic Palette ($32): Live out your mermaid dreams (yes, it's still a thing!) with a quad that combines four irridescent shades: a yellow gold pearl with an icy green glow; mother of pearl with an iridescent violet top; pink champagne pearl with peach shimmer; and a rose gold with iridescent shine. And, since these sparkly stunners are focused around fashion colors, they flatter all skin tones. What are you waiting for?
Nuest Magical Jelly Highlighters ($28): Here's proof that highlighter is beyond basic. Not only is the gel-like texture a departure from traditional formulas, but these colors can be used to brighten cheeks, eyes, lips, or anywhere else you want to shine with a bold pop of color. Whether you have a light, medium, or dark skin tone, you'll definitely want to get in on these over-the-top jellies.
Kat von D Metal Crush Liquid Highlighter in Roseshock ($25): A middle-ground pink illuminator that isn't too pale, deep, or bright. It'll work on just about any skin tone on the spectrum.
AOA Baby Glow Liquid Highlighters ($6 for a pack of 5): If you're unsure which shade of shimmer works best for your skin tone, try a travel-friendly pack that includes a range of shades from pearl to copper.
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