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Highlighting and strobing took the beauty world by storm. So quickly, in fact, that there’s a strong possibility you’re still catching up on all there is to know about highlighters—and that includes how to pick the best highlighter for you and your skin tone. For example, the best highlighter makeup for pale skin will be different from the best face highlighter for dark skin. Additionally, you’ll also want to consider your skin type when determining the right highlighter makeup to use. Just like blush and bronzer, highlighters come in different shimmering shades that will look different depending on the wearer. Not quite sure where to begin? Here, we’re sharing the ultimate guide to illuminating face makeup and naming our best drugstore highlighters for 2020.
Without further ado, allow us to introduce you to our best drugstore highlighters for 2020. From liquid to powder formulas, there are quite a few options that may strike your fancy.
L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Shimmerista Highlighting Powder: This loose highlighting powder illuminates your complexion to create a natural glow with a prismatic finish. The lightweight formula blends seamlessly onto skin, allowing the light to naturally reflect from the highpoints of your face and body. It’s ultra-buildable and easy to apply.
L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops: These drops of highlighting pigment instantly illuminate skin for a dewy, glowing look. The ultra-lightweight formula has a thin, non-greasy texture that blends seamlessly onto skin to build luminosity. Infused with shea butter, the glow drops go on smooth and provide rich-hydration.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Highlighter Shaping Sticks: The shimmery pigments in these highlighting sticks deliver a naturally glowing look that will flatter any complexion. The stick format makes this take-anywhere tool perfect for glowing on-the-go, and the radiant look will last from day to night.
L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer: This liquid highlighter instantly hydrates and luminizies skin for an all-over, fresh, natural-looking glow. The highlighting formula delivers an illuminating color tint to enhance your skin’s natural glow for a brighter and healthier-looking complexion. The glotion is infused with glycerin and shea butter for all-day, continuous hydration.
L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Nude Highlighter Palette: This highlighter palette creates the perfect multi-dimensional glow look. The collection of four highlighting powders in one makeup kit is the perfect way to instantly awaken your complexion. Layer or mix and match highlighter makeup shades to create a multi-dimensional glow or wear them separately for a natural-looking illuminated look.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Galaxy Stick: Take your glow to galactic levels with this highlighting stick. The multi-use illuminating sticks add light and luminosity for a radiant glow with holographic effects.
L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator: This liquid highlighter can be used to highlight key features or to illuminate all over. The lightweight formula can be worn alone or mixed with foundation.
L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator: Prefer powder? This powder highlighter is specifically crafted to highlight key features or illuminate all over. The lightweight formula blends easily and has an option for every skin tone and undertone. Speaking of…
Next up: We’re walking you through how to pick the best highlighters for your individual skin tone. From porcelain pale to gorgeous dark skin tones, we’ve got the intel on the perfect highlighter for every skin tone.
For those that are as pale as can be, finding a highlighter that works with your complexion can be a challenge. Shades that suit your less fair-skinned friends just aren’t meant to be when you have a lighter skin tone. If you pick a highlighter that’s too dark, warm, or red-based, the product won’t serve its purpose. Rather than brightening and illuminating, your highlight will end up looking totally fake and even muddy. To actually achieve the appearance of luminosity, look for highlighters that are pearlescent, almost white, icy-silver, or champagne in color.
How to use highlighter on your skin tone: A little shimmer can make a major statement, but it isn’t the be-all and end-all of a makeup look. To complete your look, use a soft pink blush to warm up your cheeks, adding a natural-looking touch of color that is often missing from fairer complexions.
When you’re stuck in the middle, picking the wrong makeup highlighter can leave you with skin that looks less fresh and more frosty. To avoid the icy look, medium and olive skin tones will find highlighters that have peach and gold undertones to be the most flattering. Think golden goddess instead of ice queen.
How to use highlighter on your skin tone: Don’t stop there. Take your golden look to the next level by spreading the gilded glitter to other parts of your face. Add a wash of gold eyeshadow to your lids and give a metallic lipstick a chance.
Picking a highlighter that’s majorly different from your skin tone can make for a dramatic glow, but using a highlighter that’s too light and opalescent can make dark skin tones look gray—not exactly what you’re going for. Your highlighter should liven up the appearance of your complexion, not leave you looking like a zombie. Stick with shades that pack a serious punch of pigment, in rich rose gold and bronze colors.
How to use highlighter on your skin tone: You know the drill—your makeup isn’t finished just yet. After you’ve gotten your glow on, finish off your look with a bronzer. The bronzer will add extra dimension and warmth to your cheeks—win, win!
Additionally, you’ll also want to consider your skin type and skin care concerns when choosing the best highlighter for you. For instance, someone with oily skin might choose a powder-based highlighter, while someone with dry skin would fare better with a more dewy or moisturizing option. Here’s what you need to know about picking the best highlighter for your skin type.
Oily skin types don’t need to shy away from highlighter—when it comes to your visage, there’s good shine, and then there’s bad shine. And if you pick the right illuminator, it’ll be good shine all the way! To do that, stick with powder formulas that won’t slip and slide on your oily complexion.
How to use highlighter on your skin type: Just remember, a little goes a long way. Sweep on too much product, and yes, you might end up looking extra oily! Dust your illuminator onto your cheekbones and avoid your T-zone, where you likely tend to get shiny all on your own.
Dry skin can sometimes look dull—but a liquid highlighter can help create the appearance of glowing skin. You can also use a liquid or cream highlight to get in on the dewy skin trend! Yes, please.
How to use highlighter on your skin type: If your complexion is dry, apply your liquid highlight after your foundation and don’t set with powder. Instead, dab the illuminator on with a makeup blender, then spritz with a setting spray to lock things in.
We’ve officially covered all the best radiant powders, liquids, and creams for your skin tone and type, but there’s always more to know about getting luminous skin. For more tips and tricks on using highlighter, check out our article, 7 Places on Your Face to Apply Highlighter.
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