Choosing the right highlighter for your skin tone

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  • Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Choosing the right highlighter for your skin tone
Choosing the right highlighter for your skin tone

Good news! Whether you’re the fairest in the land or boast a dark complexion, there’s a highlighter out there that has your name on it and should be in your makeup kit. Not all facial makeup illuminators are created equally though. While an icy-silver hue looks lovely on pale skin, it wouldn’t necessarily look right on darker skin tones. The same goes for a bronzy gold swipe along the cheekbones – a dream come true for tanned faces but a mud bath for snow-white skin. You know a face highlighter is right for you when it makes your skin look healthy and hydrated with a subtle sheen. Anything that leaves you looking like a frosted disco ball is a big no-no!


General rule of thumb

 

Look at your skin and determine whether you have a cool or warm undertone (blue veins signify a cooler undertone while green veins point to a warmer complexion). Along the same line, the highlighter you pick should sit well with your undertone. For example, cooler complexions (usually fair skin tones) suit iridescent, cool-toned shades such as white, silver, pearl, pink and light champagne while warmer complexions (usually medium to dark skin tones) work well with shades that contain a little heat, like peach, bronze, gold and rose-gold.

 

 

Fair-skin picks

 

Add radiance to your skin after foundation with Urban Decay Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid in Luminous, a pretty pearlescent white with a subtle gold shift. Alternatively, if you want something with a bit more colour in it, NYX Professional Makeup Bright Idea Illuminating Stick in Pearl Pink Lace was made for you and your dewy skin.

 

 

NYX naked skin highlighting fluid

Medium-to-olive-skin picks

 

Champagne or golden peach works wonders for these types of complexions because of their stunning sun-kissed effect. We love Maybelline Master Strobing Stick in Medium Nude Glow for its lightweight texture and micro-fine pearls. Pink shades can also work here, but opt for one that has some depth, such as the complexion-brightening NYX Professional Makeup Bright Idea Illuminating Stick in Pinkie Dust, with gorgeous gold glitter running through its light pink hue.

 

NYX bright idea illuminating stick  Maybelline new master stobing stick

 

Dark-skin picks

 

Go for gold with Maybelline Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter in Molten Gold or try Urban Decay After Glow Highlighter in Fireball, a ravishing red-toned highlighter, for something out of the ordinary. Bronze and coppery hues look amazing on darker skins because they highlight without adding too much contrast.

Our different tones add variety and colour to the world – and now your local makeup counters have finally caught up! From silky and subtle, to daring and glittery, a simple highlighter could be just what you need to revolutionise your makeup look.  

 

 

 


Maybelline master chrome metallic highlighterUrban Decay afterglow highlighter

 

 Maybelline master chrome metallic highlighter

Staying on trend

Now that you’re filled in on great highlighters to enhance your skin tone, consider taking your highlight to the next level with the incorporation of trendy looks, such as the high-intensity flare highlight that has beauty bloggers across the globe raving about it. Here’s how to master the flare highlight.  

 

The final touches

Highlighting would be nothing without contouring, so finish your look with this gorgeous highlighter and contouring combo. Before you step out of the house, don’t forget to also show your hair some love, which begins by knowing your hair type and what works best for it.

 

Our different tones add variety and colour to the world – and now your local makeup counters have finally caught up! From silky and subtle, to daring and glittery, a simple highlighter could be just what you need to revolutionise your makeup look.

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