Best Highlighters for Dark Skin Tones

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The Best Highlighters for Dark Skin Tones

By Abisoye Odugbesan

Radiant, vibrant, well-lit whatever you want to call that healthy glow that says ‘I drink green smoothies, eat kale and broccoli by the bucket load, exercise daily and get 9 hours sleep every night’. That natural glow is probably the number one beauty goal for every girl, well at least for me anyway.

For those of us who can’t stand broccoli and barely get 6 hours a night the highlighter is a quick, one-stop albeit temporary fix to our problem. When used properly (read sparingly) a good highlighter can give the illusion of a dewy (not shiny), sun-kissed (not other-worldly), fresh, well-rested visage.

Highlighters can help accentuate the warmth of sun-infused skin or bring life to a sleep deprived complexion in a no make-up make up way, finding one that does just that without streaks of silvery ashy lines or golden glitter particles across your cheeks can be a challenge for women of colour.

Thankfully, brands are formulating more illuminating products that are suitable for darker skin tones, there are now some amazing options out there from powders to creams and liquids to suit your texture preference and price for every budget. You should approach shopping for a highlighter like you would a foundation and look for one that compliments rather than contrasts with your skin. To get you started on your search here are my 5 favourite highlighter.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter – Topaz, £30

Is a light liquid highlighter that ‘subtly illuminates skin with a natural glow and delicate, dewy finish’. Available in seven different shades, we We recommend Topaz for darker skin tones.

Hyper Real Glow Palette – Get It Glowing, £35

Released earlier in the year, ‘this palette packs three hues of highlight for supercharged radiance. With an irresistibly creamy powder formula, shades blend effortlessly to leave an ultra-reflective, yet flawless smooth sheen’.

Hyper RealGlow Palette Get It Glowing
Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

Fenty Beauty Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick – Sinamon, £21

Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick is a light formula that glides on easily. Available in 10 shades to suit any mood, from the platinum-lilac Unicorn, if you’re feeling a little other-worldly to the bright orange Chili Mango when you want to make a statement. For an everyday, easy wear shade we love Sinamon.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, £56

‘Create your perfect light with this palette featuring three shades of Ambient lighting powder, which utilise Photoluminescent Technology. By Manipulating and filtering out harsh light,  the powders conceal skin imperfections, pores and wrinkles. Suitable for every skin tone’.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Hilighter

Nars Illuminator  – Super Orgasm, £23

Brighten and illuminate with Nars’ light-reflecting liquid. ‘This highlighter glides on to refresh and enhance the complexion with shimmering incandescence. Can be applied all over the face or used as a highlighter over or mixed with foundation’.

Sleek Barekissed Illuminator – Pompeii, £8.99

Refresh and enhance your complexion with Sleeks liquid illuminators in sun-kissed shades. With pretty light-reflecting pigments, this hilighter is perfect for all skin types.