Highlighting (or strobing) is no longer a makeup fad or seasonal trend, highlighting here to stay and there is no one-size-fits-all in the highlighter department. There are endless number of shimmery options out there, so how do you know which one is right for your skin tone? Read on to find out how to choose the right highlighter shade that’s perfect for you:
Fair to Light Skin Tones – Those with pale to light skin tones should opt for highlighters with a pearlescent, icy-silver or champagne sheen. The light pigment adds just enough radiance to your complexion without making you look like an Eskimo. Anything darker and the product can come off as a little less “glow” and a little more “faux.” I recommend: NYX Illuminator in Ritualistic, L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator in C302 Ice, or Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone
Medium to Olive Skin Tones – To keep your complexion from looking too frosty, warmer skin tones pair well with highlighters that have peach or gold undertones. The hint of color is just enough to give you that sun-kissed glow! I recommend: NYX Illuminator in Magnetic, Urban Decay Naked Flushed in Streak, or Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal
Deep Skin Tones – Rich variations of rose gold or bronze work wonders on deeper complexions. Just be sure to look for options that pack a ton of pigment and steer clear of frosty, opalescent shades, as they can cause the skin to look gray instead of lit-from-within! Keep your focus on warm hues. I recommend: L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator in W102 Golden, Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer in #11 or Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Rose Gold
Once you find the right highlighter shade for your skin tone, it’s time to bring out your cheekbones (your cheekbones are located at the highest part of the outer cheek, just below the eye). Using a fluffy, tapered or fan brush, sweep the highlighter directly on your cheekbones, just above your blush and blend to create a beautiful lit-from-within glow!
I hope you found this week’s installment of Beauty 101: How to Find the Perfect Highlighter for Your Skin Tone helpful and informative. Next week’s installment of Beauty 101 will be about eye shadow basics and until next time, stay happy, healthy and beautiful!
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