Our Top Ten Flattering Highlighters For Women Of Colour


A highlighter is the key to faking a luminous glow. They make you look more well-rested and healthy, even if you are running on four hours of sleep and a lot of caffeine. However, most highlighters don’t work for all skin tones. A lot of opal shades are too stark and do nothing to enhance WoC’s complexions. If you want a flattering highlighter that gives you a lit-from-within glow, these are the highlighters that give you a luminous glow but are flattering to your skin tone. Fashion Fair Beauty Highlighter in Golden Lights This highlighter might look a bit intimidating in the packaging but rest assured that when you apply it to your face, it gives you a natural sun-kissed glow. Fashion Fair know what they are doing given that they have been making cosmetics for Women of Colour for over 40 years.

Priced at £14.68

Rimmel Good to Glow Highlighter in Soho Glow Blend this liquid highlighter with your foundation for an instant complexion pick-me-up or wear it on its own. Soho Glow is a bronze-based highlighter that is perfect for dark skin, whilst Piccadilly Glow is a peach shade that would look lovely on medium to olive complexions.

Priced at £4.99

Topshop Glow Highlighter in Gleam This creamy highlighter comes in a rose gold shade that is much more flattering than ivory highlighters. Use your finger to dab it into your cheekbone and just under your brow bone.

Priced at £9.00

Yves Saint Lauren Touche Eclat Highlighter Pen in Shade 5 This cult favorite product is definitely worth the splurge. The pen applicator delivers just the right amount of product and it gives you a radiant finish. What’s even better is that it comes in 10 different shades.

Priced at £25.00

Barry M Radiant Rod Highlighter This easy-to-apply stick highlighter has the perfect amount of gold in it. Draw it over your nose, cheekbones and brow bone then blend for a shimmery finish.

Priced at £4.99

Bobbi Brown Liquid Face Highlighter in Sunlight Bronze Bobbi Brown’s liquid highlighter comes in three shades: Pink, Seashell and Sunlight Bronze. The Sunlight Bronze is the perfect shade for bringing your collection to life. Just pump the bottle and apply to your face. No brush required.

Priced at £26.50

NYX Wonder Stick Highlighter and Contour in Deep If you love contouring as much as you love biscuits, this double-ended stick is for you. It comes in three different shades for specific complexions and a universal one. The Deep stick has a yellow-based highlighter.

Priced at £10.00

Ciate Glow Pop Crème Highlighter The packaging is as great as the actual product when it comes to this highlighter. The crème formula blends easily into your skin for a natural glowing finish. The darker pinkish shade is great to ad a bit of warmth to your face.

Priced at £16.00

Benefit Sun Beam Highlighter Do not mistake this for a nail polish, it is in fact a highlighter. It’s a golden bronze liquid highlighter that has a similar applicator brush as a nail varnish. Dab it on your face and you will see that it is sunshine in a bottle. And who doesn’t want more sunshine in their life?

Priced at £19.50

House of Glam Dolls Glambase Wheel 2 If you want a product that highlights, contours, primes and conceals, look no further than this set of six. The Radiate shade is an iridescent copper shade that will enhance the brown tones in your skin. You can even blend the shades together to come up with your own bespoke shade.

Priced at £25.00

Don’t settle for an okay highlighter. There are lots of different shades and finishes out there, so keep testing them until you find the one that gives you the perfect glow.