So you've decided that you're ready to hop on the strobing trend. But before you jump into highlighting, do you have the best highlighter, not just for strobing, but also for your skin tone? While there are certainly products that can be mixed into foundation or moisturizers for an all-over glow, if you want to strategically place your highlighter, it can be a little more difficult to pick the best one for your skin tone. This is because, just like when selecting a foundation or other complexion product, certain tones will work beautifully while others can just clash. So to make sure your highlighter is the perfect shade and tone for your strobing needs, here are the ones to look for, for fair to deep skin tones and everything in between.
Those with fair skin tones should look for pearl-colored highlighters. And fair ladies should also take advantage of the fact that they can rock a pink-toned highlighter like this one from NARS without it looking unnatural or ashy. Stay away from bronze-toned luminizers though, as they won’t look as natural as on ladies with deeper skin tones.
Because highlighters are inherently light, lighter skin tones have some leeway. But if you fall in this category, you really can’t go wrong with a vanilla highlight like this one from Laura Geller that will accent the high points of your face without adding too much unnatural color like a bronze highlighter might.
While medium skin tones also have room to play, champagne luminizers should be your go-to. Think of it as a Goldilocks highlighter where the slight hint of color will play well off your slightly darker skin without being too much or too little but instead juust right.
Because olive skin tones are inherently warm-toned, a peachy-gold highlighter like this one from Smashbox will work with the yellow undertones to bring out a natural-looking radiance. But while peach-tones will look beautiful, stay away from pink tones that are just too harsh against a warm complexion.
Bronze-toned highlighters like this one from Hourglass are perfect for golden skin because they help bring out the warmth with the glow in darker, sun-kissed complexions. If you have trouble finding just the right bronze shade in a highlighter format though, you can also look to products marketed as bronzers (in a shimmer or satin finish) for fairer skin tones to use as your ideal luminizer.
A darker peach or orange-toned highlighter is perfect for ladies with deeper complexions as it brings out not only a glow but a warmth from the skin. This one from Charlotte Tilbury has a flattering golden base and even comes with a complementary contour shade (that shouldn’t technically be utilized when strobing, but I won’t tell if you won’t).
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