Pastels look prettiest on pale-skinned girls. Fair-skinned girls get to show off their freckles. Darker girls always look graphic and edgy in bright colours. Those are awesome perks, yeah – but if you ask me, I’d rather be a golden gal. Being in the middle of the skin tone spectrum allows us to choose from a broader range of highlighters. We get to glo up for real.
With great (choosing) power comes great responsibility. Confused with all the highlighting options available out there? Here’s a no-frills guide on what products can help you achieve the perfect glow.
On the daily
On most days, all we want from our highlighter is a subtle sheen – something to add a little more dimension to our faces and to make our skin look dewy. Glossier’s Haloscope in Quartz is great for a colourless glaze. The oil stick in the middle of the tube helps blend the product for a barely-there look. It comes on really lightly but it’s pretty buildable – layer to taste.
Up the ante a bit with Nudestix Nudies All Over Face Color in Illumi-naughty. The dual-ended stick (one side is a coloured balm, the other is a stippling brush) has the same intensity as the Haloscope but is slightly more pigmented. The mix of pinks and purples in the product create a slightly iridescent brightening effect. Bonus: this product also works well when used as a subtle eyeshadow – just make sure to swipe it over your lids 2-3 times.
Every now and then
When you feel like stepping up your makeup game – perhaps for a wedding, a night out, or just really because you feel like it – consider adding some shimmer. The perfect glitter and glow balance can be found in the Becca x Chrissy Teigen palette. While all the shades are pretty much stunning, Beach Nectar seems to be the better option for tan skin. Rose Gold is a lot pinker and would work really well as a subtle layer on top of blush. The palette itself comes with a tiny booklet that can help you figure out the best blend of the four products for the look you want to go for. For more glow and less glitter (without getting rid of it altogether), Benefit’s Dandelion Twinkle is a pretty great alternative. It’s a light pink pressed powder that comes with a tiny brush and mirror – perfect for retouching in the middle of the day.
When you’re feeling extra
Happy Skin’s Glisten Up Cheek Stick in Champagne is one of the best highlighters in the market for morena skin. It’s a gold-tinted cream stick that’s perfect for a fresh, sun-kissed look. The payoff is insane – a single swipe is almost always more than enough. Definitely great for strobing, this highlighter is extremely buildable (even if it doesn’t have to be).