Highlighters for Darker Skin Tones


There is a bevy of highlighters to choose from, but not all of them are created equal. There are some that give you a megawatt finish whilst there are others that give you a subtler lit-from-within glow. Furthermore, there are shades that work better on some skin tones than others. Some highlighters can wash out Women of Colour or appear too harsh. If you’re looking for some flattering options, try one of the following shades: Fashion Fair Sun Illuminating Powder Do you find some highlighters to have too much of an ivory finish? This one has a lovely golden tone that will warm up your complexion as opposed to washing it out. It also brightens up your face and delivers a sun kissed look. You can use it year round to highlight and contour.

Priced at £29.00

NARS The Multiple Once you have this in your makeup bag, you will wonder what you ever did without it. The chubby stick makes it easy to apply to any feature. There are 10 shades to choose from and the majority of them would look beautiful on any skin tone.

Priced at £29.00

Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter You know that dreamy glow you get during a candlelit dinner? This highlighter allows you to have it 24/7. Plus, it doubles as a concealer. Take your pick from seven versatile shades.

Priced at £25.00

Stila Shape and Shade Custom Contour Duo Palette Streamline your makeup bag with this highlighter and contour palette in one. There are three flattering shade options to choose from. Note that you can also mix the highlighters and contouring shades to create even more options.

Priced at £31.00

MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powder It’s common to go for the gold and bronze shades when selecting highlighters, but do not forget about the stunning pink tones in this collection. The warm shades combine the best parts of a blush and a highlighter.

Priced at £3.00

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Highlighting Pen There is a reason why Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Eclat has remained a cult favourite. In addition to giving you a gorgeous lit-from-within glow, it’s available in a multitude of shades that flatter every complexion. Take your pick from a whopping 12 different ones.

Priced at £25.00

NYX Sculpt and Glow Highlight Face Duo Contour and highlight your face with this dual-sided product. There are six shade options to choose from. Not only are the shades in each duo carefully considered to coordinate with each other, they’re chosen to give you a natural finish.

Priced at £9.00

Hourglass Ambient Lightning Powder Each shade features “light” in the title and gives you a unique finish. You’ll have a tough time choosing between the six shades thanks to their flattering transparent finishes with color-correcting particles.

Priced at £40.00

Rimmel London Good to Glow Highlighter Dab a drop of this highlighter on your cheekbones and brow bones for a glowing finish. The three radiant shades can be worn by themselves or blended with foundation. Plus, you can build up the coverage for a bespoke finish.

Priced at £4.99

Makeup Revolution Ultra Pro Glow Create your own flattering shades with this highlighting kit. You can mix and match the eight different shades or mix them together to create countless new ones.

Priced at £10.00

Remember that highlighters aren't always one-size-fits all. You want a shade that flatters your complexion as much as you want one that gives you a strobe-worthy glow.