The Ultimate Guide to Highlighters Part I

You can have a million different products in your makeup arsenal but the most fun one that makes the biggest difference is highlighter. It adds life and vitality into the skin to make it look as if you actually have the sun resting under your face. Who doesn’t want that? However, just like setting powder or lipstick, one size doesn’t always fit all. A common issue some dark skinned women can have with highlighter is that it looks ashy sometimes because the shade doesn’t have enough warmth, so it’s imperative to use a highlighter with the right undertone and base.

Generally you’ll want to go for something that’s a little more gold but not too yellow because then it will be very obvious and exaggerated looking. But since pretty much everything looks good on dark skin, the world is your oyster when it comes to obtaining that glow with the right hand and technique. Listed below are some of the most popular highlighters right now amongst dark skinned women and for good reason, at different price ranges.


Milani Strobe Light Instant Glow Powder $10

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter $10

Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighter in Molten Gold $10


Laura Geller Gilded Honey $26

Photo credit: Michelle Amanda

Fenty Beauty Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick; Sinamon and Rum $25

Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter $34

*After asking around, Trophy Wife and the Ginger Binge/Moscow Mule duo seem to be the most coveted shades in the range for dark skinned women.

High End

Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter in Golden $39

Photo Credit: The Glamorous Gleam

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed $38

Photo Credit: Michelle Amanda

Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder in Bronze Glow $48

This would drag on and you’d probably fall asleep while scrolling if I were to list every single highlighter suitable for dark skin in one post, so stay tuned for part 2 for more highlighter recommendations!

Erin Dyana – “Erin Dyana is a freelance writer with a focus on pop culture, criticisms, and beauty. Her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, Urban Social TV, Wear Your Voice Magazine, Clementine Zine, and Philadelphia Print Zine. In her free time she likes to create art, watch films, read books, and eat everything in sight.”


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