Highlight is the newest trend that has taken the beauty community by storm. It should be applied to the top of the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, sides of the forehead, cupid’s bow, chin, and under the eyebrow to give the face that effortless glow. A perfect highlight is one that looks like there’s water or lotion on the skin. You should not be able to see the color of the highlight on the face, just the sheen it gives off. For example, a golden highlight should look natural on the face, but reflect gold. Here is a guide to determine which highlighters will make your skin pop the most:
If you’re on the fairer side, look for highlighters with white and silver undertones, these lighter colors will give the skin a nice sheen. Lighter highlights on lighter skin will give the skin a pearlized finish, almost as if the skin is glowing. If you’re fair, stay away from deeper, golden highlights. These will look like a golden stripe on the cheekbones and appear yellow on the skin. If you want a flattering colorful highlight, try a holographic one. These apply silver but reflect a plethora of iridescent colors. A great highlight for those of you with pale skin is Becca’s Champagne Pop, it was created with paler skin in mind to cater to those who struggle to find highlights that flatter their skin tone. A great drugstore option is Elf’s baked highlighter in Moonlight Pearls.
For medium skin tones, the options are vast. Almost all of the highlights will be able to work on your skin because you can wear, silver, pink, and golden highlights. With that being said, lean towards the options that don’t appear ashy or too dark for the skin. An ashy highlight will look like there is baby powder on your checks and a dark highlight will look like a harsh streak on the face. If you’re looking for a great silver highlight, try ColourPop’s Flexitarian. If you want a pink highlight, try Wet’n’Wild’s highlighter in Blossom glow. For a gold highlight that won’t be too dark on the skin try the Fenty highlighter in mean money/hu$tla baby.
Those of you with deeper skin tones should opt for deep, rich tones, like a gold. Anything too light will appear ashy and dusty on the skin and that is the opposite of what we’re looking for. A deep gold isn’t the only option though, dark skin looks great in a purple and pink highlights. And while these colors may seem strange, they look beautiful on deeper skin. Golden highlights that will work for a deeper skin are MAC’s extra dimension skinfinish in Oh Darling and Maybelline’s Master Chrome highlighter in Molten Gold. For those of you daring enough to try the purple and pink highlights Artist Couture’s Broadway highlight and Milk Makeup’s holographic stick in supernova will look amazing.