12 Luminous Highlighters That Will Undoubtedly Leave Your Brown Skin Glowing
Makeup shopping can sometimes be a challenge for brown girls. Foundations and concealers can appear too red or too yellow on our faces, or sometimes they simply just don't exist in our shades. But ladies with deeper skin tones, you're in great luck when it comes to finding the perfect highlighter to achieve that coveted strobed glow.
Bronze and golden pigments are arguably the most complementary shades on our complexions — regardless of our undertones! — and they make up a majority of the formulas in the highlighter department.
Have you been scoping out illuminating products to intensify your Summer glow? We found some of the most flattering highlighters for you to add to your stash. These formulas can be worn alone to give your skin a subtle shine or paired with your favorite contour palette to really sculpt your face. But most importantly, they work on a diverse palette of deeper complexions — so brown girls of all hues can get their bespoke Beyoncé glow on. Keep reading to check them out!
Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish Highlighter & Balm Duo
The Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish Highlighter & Balm Duo ($48) should be an essential part of any makeup-lover's glow arsenal. The product comes in a golden shade that's especially favorable against warm undertones, and it's perfect for those of us who love to apply highlighter with our fingers.
Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife
No beauty bag is complete without a highlighter like Fenty Beauty's Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife ($36). This one uses a special cream-to-powder formula that melts into the skin to give you a long-lasting glow that you can spot from even the furthest distance.
Nars Highlighting Powder in St. Barths
You can achieve a serious shine or a sheer glow with the Nars Highlighting Powder in St. Barths ($45). The sleek compact comes in a warm bronze shade that can be used to complement a wide range of brown skin tones. Try to apply the weightless powder with a wet brush to create that intense, Instagram-worthy look!
MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish in Gold Deposit
If you're after sexy, sun-kissed skin, then you can achieve it with just one dust of MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish in Gold Deposit ($36). The slow-baked powder is rich in pigment and leaves behind potent shimmer. A little goes a long way with this product, so use a light hand when applying! Try dabbing some onto your cheekbones, nose, and cupid's bow using a fan brush for a regal glow.
RMS Beauty Living Luminizer in Champagne Rose
The RMS Beauty Living Luminizer in Champagne Rose ($34) blends coconut oil, castor seed oil, and vitamin E to soften and moisturize the skin, but the shade itself leaves the skin with a soft iridescent finish that looks totally natural.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light
The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light ($48) should be your go-to product whenever you want to make sure you'll be camera ready at all times. It uses a special technology to soften and refine the look of your skin and reflect natural light to enhance your features (so your selfies can thrive!).
Kevyn Aucoin Glass Glow Face Liquid Highlighter in Spectrum Bronze
Makeup minimalists will love the ethereal finish of the Kevyn Aucoin Glass Glow Face Liquid Highlighter in Spectrum Bronze ($32). Because of its golden hue, it's especially flattering on medium- to olive-toned skin. Add a bit of its modest shimmer to bare skin or on top of foundation — it reflects light on your face without looking overly "made up."
Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun Dipped Glow Kit
Regardless of how fair or deep your complexion, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun Dipped Glow Kit ($40) is a brown girl's fantasy for perfectly lit skin. The four shades in the compact all vary in tone but are equally complementary on a wide range of complexions. You can use the hues alone or layered together for an Instagram-worthy makeup look.
Fenty Beauty Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick
If toting around compacts and brushes isn't your thing, then the Fenty Beauty Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in Sinamon ($18, originally $25) will be your favorite. The mini stick is a creamy shade of copper that will strobe brown skin, leaving behind a sunset hue in just one swipe. Blend it out with your fingers, pop the cap on, and toss it into your makeup bag — you're done!
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Topaz
The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Topaz ($38) is basically dewy skin in a compact for brown girls. The highlighter feels like luxurious silk when applied to your face and leaves behind an effortless radiance. You can dab some of this onto the high points of your face for a runway-like glow, or mix some of it into your foundation to give it a boost of shimmer.
Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Highlighting Powder in Seduction
The copper tones in the Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Highlighting Powder in Seduction ($45) translate into magic in a compact for chocolate gals. Because the sumptuous bronze powder is buildable, you can achieve a sheer or intense glow. The lightweight formula also provides your skin with a deep, luminous cast that doesn't look or feel unnatural or heavy.