Whether you’re an OTT highlighter user or a fan of the natural glow, a highlighter is everyone’s makeup-bag essential. The best-friend to all your finest features, highlighters can transform the structure of your face and add life to your skin. Sadly, most highlighters in the market are geared towards lighter skin tones with cooler undertones, which end up looking chalky or tin-foil-like on our brown and olive skin with warmer undertones. With this list, we hope to steer you away from frosty and opalescent highlighters and bring your attention to these highlighters which will not only complement your skin tone but also help you ace the lit-from-within look.
This palette was made for deeper skin tones with all four shades boasting golden pigments. In this versatile palette, you get three powder highlighters and one cream highlighter which is great for wearing on its own and as a base under powder highlighters for maximum glow.
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in Sinnamon
Packaged in a handbag-friendly tube, this highlighter can be used as a blush too. Its cream-to-powder formula is known to be long-wearing with the shimmer barely fading over time, which makes it great for night-outs.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun Dipped Glow Kit
A cult-favorite, the glow kit packs a punch with 4 intense highlighters in different shades that can be worn on their own or blended together for a multi-faceted glow.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Prosecco Pop
Great for women of all skin types but especially dry skin, the buttery texture of this highlighter melts right into your skin making for the most effortless glow that is seamless and non-cakey.
M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish in Global Glow
Another cult-favorite, this versatile baked highlighter by M.A.C can be worn on bare skin, swept across collarbones and even lightly brushed over the entire face as a finishing powder.