The 30 Best Highlighters for Your Most Radiant Glow

October 19, 2022
Mary Honkus
By: Mary Honkus | by L'Oréal
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Dewy, radiant skin is a year-round staple, which makes highlighter as essential as mascara and lip gloss in our book. Highlighter is not a one-size-fits-all though — some formulas provide a natural, lit-from-within glow, while others create an iridescent sheen. To help you find the best highlighter for your skin tone, we highlighted (pun intended) the hues that work best for every skin tone and rounded up 30 that are perfect for every occasion. Whether you prefer powder, gel, stick or liquid formulas, find the best highlighters, below. 

Highlighter for Fair Skin Tones

If you have pale to light skin, opt for highlighters with a pearlescent, icy silver (which will flatter cool undertones) or a champagne sheen for warm undertones. Above all, always opt for a shade that’s lighter than your skin tone.

Highlighter for Medium and Olive Skin Tones

If you have a warmer skin tone, keep your complexion from looking too frosty by going for a highlighter with a gold-bronze or copper undertone. 

Highlighter for Deep Skin Tones

Rich variations of rose gold or bronze work best on darker complexions. Just be sure to look for super-pigmented or completely transparent options and steer clear of frosty, opalescent shades with a white base, as they can cause the skin to appear dull instead of lit-from-within.

Ahead, find 30 of our favorite highlighters for every skin tone.

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