Highlighters can brighten the skin tone and accentuate facial features for a more refined makeup look. Pairing it with contouring products will highlight the face contours to visibly slim down your face. Some highlighters also contain large glitter particles that make you look more dazzling. If you’re looking for exaggerated or special makeup looks (e.g. stage makeup, etc.), this kind of highlighter makes a solid choice.
Today, highlighters are available in a great variety of shades, such as darker and lighter ones. We should pick the right one that suits our skin tone. Many fair-skinned people don’t know how to choose a good highlighter. A overly dark highlighter will make your makeup look exaggerated and weird while a lighter one can’t give a brightening effect. Even for people with fair skin, the cool undertones and warm undertones should choose different highlighters. How to determine your skin undertones? The simplest way is to check the color of the veins on your wrist. If you can see blue veins, you have cool undertones. If your veins look green on the skin, you’re warm. People with cool undertones should pick a silver or pink highlighter, which gives your skin a more natural glow. If you have fair skin with warm undertones, try a golden highlighter, which will create unexpected effects.
To bring out the perfect effects of a highlighter, here are some tips to help you out. Before applying the highlighter, prime your skin first and then evenly distribute liquid foundation and loose powder on your face to make the highlighter look more natural and prevent your makeup from separating. Plus, dispense the right amount of highlighter powder. Some people think that the more you apply, the more dimensional your face will be. This is wrong. The heavy makeup makes you look awkward and even clogs pores. We suggest applying a thin layer of the highlighter onto the desired areas.
If you’re on the hunt for flawless makeup looks, scroll down to check the following 10 best highlighters for fair skin we’ve rounded up for you.View More
Hourglass is a renowned makeup brand that is committed to offering high-quality, well formulated and safe products. Named to Vogue 100 Beauty Hall of Fame in 2016, Ambient Lighting Finishing Powder is one of the star products from Hourglass. Paraben-free, talc-free and cruelty-free, this highlighter powder is finely milled and never feels heavy on skin. The advanced formula deliver a natural-looking glow to the areas such as cheeks, brow bone and the bridge of the nose, perfect for creating natural-looking and delicate makeup looks. Plus, it conceals pores, skin imperfections and wrinkles. Makeup artist Jessica Prince Erlich said, if you’re craving a product that acts like an Instagram filter, Ambient Lighting Finishing Powder makes a solid choice. It’s available in six shades, each of which goes well with fair skin. If you have very light skin, the shade Ethereal Light is a better option.
Physicians Formula is a renowned drugstore cosmetics brand originating in the United States. Scientist-developed and physician-approved, Its products are safe and reliable. Butter Highlighter is one of the bestselling Physicians Formula products. Beauty editor April Franzino said, “It glides onto skin like a dream and really lights up your face. Plus, it smells faintly sweet like tropical coconut!” Butter Highlighter is formulated with finely-milled light-diffusing particles, mica and natural silica to visually make your skin smoother and firmer. It also contains multiple hydrating and nourishing ingredients such as Murumuru Butter and Cupuacu Butter to condition the skin and prevent dryness, working great on dry skin. It’s available in multiple shades, of which ROSE GOLD, CHAMPAGNE and PEARL are perfect for boosting the complexion of fair skin. This soft highlighter is very long-lasting and blends seamlessly. But some users complained that it feels slightly greasy and has a very strong smell. So this product is not recommended for oily or acne-prone skin.
BECCA is a popular cosmetics brand owned by Estée Lauder. It’s well known for base makeup products such as liquid foundation, concealer, highlighter, blush and the like. Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter is one of the bestselling highlighters and the 2018 Influenster REVIEWERS' CHOICE Winner. It comes in a variety of shades that suit different skin tones. If you have fair skin, the shade WHITE is the perfect one that never dulls your skin. Senior makeup artist Christian Abby also agreed on it. She said, “This compact powder blends like a magic and looks beautiful on fair skin.” Unlike traditional powder highlighters, this product is infused with ultra-fine, pearlescent pigments and special liquid. It allows pure light to be reflected from different angles to give you more delicate, smoother and radiant skin. It blends naturally and seamlessly, perfect for everyday use. Plus, this highlighter is PETA-certified and cruelty-free. Free of artificial fragrances, alcohol and mineral oils, it’s also safe for sensitive skin. The butter texture is smooth and bendable, allowing you to evenly distribute it onto the desired areas with a brush or your finger. Some users complained that it accentuated pores. We recommend pairing it with other quality makeup setting products.
Chantecaille is a renowned luxury beauty brand that specializes in skincare and makeup products. Thanks to the exceptional quality, its products are favored by a lot of beauty-conscious women. Liquid Lumière is a popular Chantecaille product which is recommended by refinery29 and other famous review sites. Unlike traditional highlighters, it’s a highlighting fluid. Velvet smooth and easy to apply, it blends effortlessly with base makeup to give a more seamless and long-lasting finish. It visibly leaves your skin looking more radiant but not greasy. “Not only does the pearly sheen of Liquid Lumière penetrate the skin, but also makes it look healthier,” senior makeup artist Bren Lee Gomez said. Plus, this highlighter moisturizes dry skin. Infused with quality plant extracts, it keeps skin smooth and firm. Its ingredients are very safe, so you don’t have to worry about any side effects. Though it carries a hefty price tag, it’s worth the splurge.
Too Faced features a retro and sweet style. It offers a wide range of products that smell like food. With the inspiration to capture the confident glow that appears in a woman who is in love, the founder Jerrod Blandino found a special formula in Italy, thereby creating the Love Light Prismatic Highlighter in Blinded by the Light. Formulated with the exclusive prisma shine technology, this highlighter is a subtle blend of various ingredients to give a long-lasting, pearlescent finish. The light-toned product is perfect for fair skin. It visibly makes your skin more radiant and beautiful. If you want to create a bolder makeup look, use a brush to swipe the highlighter across your jawbone and brow bone. However, some users complained that it’s hard to apply with the brush. So we recommend using your finger to tap and blend it. The highlighter is housed in a metallic, heart-shaped compact etched with Too Faced logo, making it a good option for on-the-go use or gift giving. One user wrote, “I love the prismatic highlighter! It's light enough to brighten my face yet blends in to look so natural and pretty!”
Anastasia Beverly Hills is one of the fastest-growing beauty brands around the globe. Its products enjoy a large market share and good reputation. Aurora Glow Kit is a cult-favorite highlighter that has received many good reviews. One user wrote, “I love this palette! Its suitable from an everyday routine to a night time look without an issue. The pictures are definitely NOT doing it justice because it is much more glowing in person!!” It’s available in 6 shades such as Eclipse, Luna, Spectra and more to boost coverage and highlight the desired facial areas. The shade Helia works to fade acne scars and redness. Luna and Orin are lighter-toned shades that can brighten your complexion, ideal for fair skin or creating a finish with cool undertones. Eclipse and Lyra are champagne hues that help boost radiance for warm makeup looks. Each shade can be worn separately or layered together to complement every makeup look. Finely-milled and soft, the professional-quality highlighter glides on effortlessly to achieve your desired effects.
theBalm is a renowned American cosmetics brand. With a range of makeup in fun retro packaging, it’s an affordable choice of a whole host of beauty enthusiasts. The brand is well known for eyeshadow palettes and highlighters. Mary-Lou Manizer is a popular theBalm highlighter and also my go-to. It’s a charmingly champagne-tone product with good color payoff on fair skin. It can also diffuses light for a natural finish. Swipe the highlighter across your jawbone, forehead and cheeks. It blends perfectly to leave your skin looking healthy and radiant from inside out for a more luxurious finish. Soft and bendable, Mary-Lou Manizer glides on effortlessly with a brush or your finger. With a mirror, it’s also available in a travel size for on-the-go use. However, the powder is very fragile, so be extra careful when grabbing it.
RMS Beauty is a luxury makeup brand celebrating clean beauty, organic ingredients and simple yet elegant packaging. Thanks to the exceptional quality, Living Luminizer is the winner of multiple international beauty awards. This organic, gluten-free product is formulated with a variety of naturally-derived ingredients, making it safe and reliable. Plus, infused with coconut oil, castor oil, and vitamin E, Living Luminizer works wonders for hydrating and moisturizing while soothing and protecting delicate skin from dryness, perfect for dry skin or dry combination skin. Dewy and bendable, the cream-like texture glides effortlessly on the cheekbones with your finger. It gives your skin a natural, healthy glow from the inside out. If you prefer a clear makeup look, try it!! The product has received a lot of good reviews, and one of them goes like, “I have all the luminizers and keep coming back to this one. Gives an almost show thru radiance, as though my cheeks were the dewiest places on earth. Love it. I love the gold as well on tanned skin. All luminizers are very flattering.”
Wet n wild is a famous drugstore makeup brand with good reputation. Thanks to high-quality products and affordable prices, its products are recommended by a lot of beauty bloggers. MegaGlo Highlighting Powder Precious Petals is a go-to of makeup newbies and pros. Pale pink and highly-pigmented, this highlighter glides on effortlessly for a pearlescent finish, ideal for fair skin. When applied to the jawbone, brow bone and cupid’s bow, it gives you a more delicate finish. Many users reported it’s long-lasting and can keep face naturally glowing all day long. The velvet smooth powder blends perfectly just with your finger. One user wrote, “Are use this every day and it gives me the glow that I want it has a shimmery finish I dont think I would do anything to change this product because its very long lasting and it gives you the Bam you need for your day definitely will buy again.” But some users complained that the lid often detaches from the pan. It would be better if the packaging is improved.
Jeffree Star Cosmetics are created to inspire people to take adventures, enjoy life and be proud of who they are. Featuring exaggerated and bold colors, its makeup products are sought after by beauty lovers. SKIN FROST: Ice Cold is a highlighter specifically designed for fair skin. It’s received a lot of good reviews, and one of them goes like, “I am so, so pale.I struggled with finding a highlighter that didn't look ridiculous on my face. However, Jeffree Star's Ice Cold is my holy grail highlighter now. I bought it in January, and I've used it every day since. I honestly couldn't recommend it enough!” With great color payoff, a small amount of the powder can bring you an ultra-dazzling finish. If you prefer bold makeup looks, you can’t go wrong with it. Plus, free of talc, parabens and gluten, this highlighter is safe for sensitive skin. It boasts a buttery texture, delicate and silky smooth, making it glide on effortlessly and instantly. It can be applied wet or dry. Aside from serving as a highlighter or eyeshadow, it can also be used on the body. SKIN FROST: Ice Cold comes in a pink plastic packaging. The pan is etched with Jeffree Star Cosmetics logo. I bet, every young girl will be fascinated by it.
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