Highlighting 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: L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion in “Light”($12.99), or Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in “Blossom Glow” ($5.29) or Makeup Revolution Bright Light Highlighter in “Strobe Champagne” ($10).
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: L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion in “Medium” ($12.99), or Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in “Golden Flower Crown” ($5.29) or Makeup Revolution Bright Light Highlighter in “Gold Lights” ($10)
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 Glotion in “Deep” ($12.99), or Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in “Crown of My Canopy” ($5.99) or Makeup Revolution Bright Light Highlighter in “Radiance Bronze” ($10).
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 (you can also use your fingertips or damp makeup sponge for lotion or cream highlighters), 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 Makeup 101: How to Find the Perfect Highlighter for Your Skin Tone helpful and informative. Next week’s installment of Makeup 101 will be about eyeshadow basics and until Wednesday, be happy, healthy, and beautiful!
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