September 21, 2015 Diana Crisan Spotlight

How to Choose the Perfect Highlighter for Your Skin Tone

It’s becoming more and more clear that strobing is not just any makeup fad or seasonal trend — it’s here to stay! But, with the endless number of shimmery options out there, how do you know which one is right for you? It’s no longer one-size-fits-all in the highlighter department — there’s a match made for your specific skin tone! Check it out …

Highlighters by Skin Tone

Fair 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.”

Product Recommendations: NYX Illuminator in Ritualistic, L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator in C 302 Ice

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!

Product Recommendations: NYX Illuminator in Magnetic, Urban Decay Naked Flushed in Streak

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Dark Skin Tones

Rich variations of rose gold or bronze work wonders on darker 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.  

Product Recommendations: L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator in Golden, Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer in #12

Now that your highlighter game is ready to roll, it's time to move on to other hot 2015 makeup trends!  

We’ve got plenty more makeup tips and tutorials for you here!



    About the Author: Diana creates on-trend beauty content for readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.