• NO.1 Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit
  • NO.2 BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector - Pearl
  • NO.3 I Heart Revolution Goddess of Love Triple Baked HIGHLIGHTER
  • NO.4 TheBalm Mary Lou Manizer
  • NO.5 Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter - Ray of Light
  • NO.6 Essence Pure Nude Highlighter
  • NO.7 Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter - Trophy Wife
  • NO.8 HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting powder - Ethereal
  • NO.9 Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost - Ice Cold
  • NO.10 benefit Dandelion Twinkle

10 Best Highlighter for Pale Skin in 2022

Jan 13, 2022

Highlighters are unfamiliar to many makeup newbies, but favorites of professional makeup artists and beauty bloggers. They are not only the finishing touch of makeups, but also the essential magic tools for a  three-dimensional look. I often envy the deep eyes and attractive makeup of movie heroines with glowing cheekbones and facial skins, and I want to be like them. But my skin is so pale that I am always hesitant to choose highlighters. Highlighters will be noticeable on dark skin, and less noticeable on light skin. It can even appear darker if the color is not right.

New York makeup artist Ashleigh Ciucci uses lilac concealer as a highlighter. "The champagne color is too warm, and the white looks like chalk," she says. Makeup artist Zoe Woods suggests choosing highlighters that are two shades whiter than your skin tone, and choosing according to your skin type, cold or warm. For white skin to find a brighter highlighter, silver-white is a good choice. Some people like pink highlighters, say they look cleaner than champagne ones. others like beige highlighters that are combination of warm and cold colors. You need to pay attention to the coloring, durability, water resistance, and make sure that the makeup is natural and not too shiny, otherwise, it will make you look like a stage actress. If you have oil skin, you need to pay attention to the quantity as well as how and which parts to apply it.

Based on users’ reviews and some experts’ advice, and trials by our testers over all kinds of highlighters, we round up 10 best items for pale skin. If you didn’t try any of these before, trust me, they will give you a big surprise.

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  • highly pigmented
  • long-lasting
  • heavy to carry around

Anastasia Beverly Hills was founded by the professional eyebrow artist working in Hollywood. In addition to eyebrow makeup products, ABH eye shadow, highlighter and other makeup products are also popular among the public. In a finely milled texture, Aurora Glow Kit is pressed tightly, and won’t cause fallout; it is ultra-pigmented with vivid hues. Aurora Glow Kit features 6 powder highlighter shades, including Eclipse, Luna, Spectra, Helia, Orion and Lyra. Spectra , the sparkling lilac pearl and Helia are used to correct skin tone, which is very suitable for the pale skin. This kit is very practical because it gives a variety of different and seamless makeup looks with good staying power. In addition, Aurora Glow Kit contains sequin particles, which can brighten the eyes, face, and even body parts with multidimensional reflect in a more personalized way. Therefore, it is more suitable for users when going to a dance party or a bar. However, the heavy packaging is not convenient for carrying around.

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  • Ultra-Fine
  • highly pigmented
  • average staying power

BECCA focuses on facial makeup products, such as liquid foundation, concealer, blush, highlighter, and highlighter is the star product. Shimmering Skin Perfector once won the Influenster Reviewer’s Choice Award in 2018. Close to the skin color, the makeup effect is natural and translucent with very fine pearlescent particles added, and the skin feels comfortable when the highlighter being applied. Shimmering Skin Perfector (Pearl) is suitable for pale skin tones in that it is blending well into their own skin tone. The BECCA official describes that Pearl is "A soft, luminescent white highlighter-recommended for fair-light skin tones." ① This highlighter is ultra-fine and slightly moist with vivid hues. It not only brightens the cheek and nose and other parts by gently applying small amount, but also minimizes pores. However, some users report that the staying power is relatively average, so setting makeup products are supposed to applied in the follow-up. In addition, it is available in formal and mini versions, and users can choose the right one according to their needs.

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  • highly pigmented
  • long-lasting
  • cost-effective
  • cute package
  • slightly fallout

Goddess of Love is a British niche brand, and its highlighters are popular among the public for their packaging and quality. TRIPLE BAKED HIGHLIGHTER is suitable for the pale skin. With excellent pigment, small amount is enough for applying makeup. It is used to brighten the cheek, nose and cupid’s bow as well as the neck. As a large number of fine pearlescent particles are added in it, TRIPLE BAKED HIGHLIGHTER minimizes pores better and enhance glow of the skin with multidimensional reflect. It’s a baked highlight which is pressed tightly with ultra-fine powder, meaning that the application technique is worth learning. It is recommended to use a small brush to apply little and often, otherwise there will be a slight fallout. With strong staying power, it will not melt down in a day, even for the oily skin. TRIPLE BAKED HIGHLIGHTER is cute and eye-catching for its heart-shaped packaging. In addition, it is relatively cost-effective.

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  • highly pigmented
  • long-lasting
  • some users complain an unnatural makeup effect

As a pioneer in the field of highlighter, TheBalm provides a very popular product -- Mary Lou Manizer, which is regarded as the affordabale alternative of that of Armani Ginger Highlighter". It’s suitable for the pale skin. The pressed powder is compact in a fine and soft texture, and generally, it won’t cause fallout. When brightening the bridge of the nose, cheek,cupid’s bow, brow bones and other facial parts to achieve the multidimensional effect, it is supposed to use a brush to apply Mary Lou Manizer little and often for its high pigmented feature. In addition, this highlighter blends perfectly with the skin to enhance glow of the skin. Some people said that their face feel slightly heavier after use and the look is unnatural, so pay attention to the technique when applying. Thanks to the strong staying power, the makeup is still shiny without separation after nearly ten hours of wearing makeup. It is worth mentioning that many women favor its quiet attractive packaging with red lip retro girl.

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  • finely milled powder
  • highly pigmented
  • long-lasting
  • hard to carry around

In the packaging full of creativity, Too Faced focuses on providing products with a vintage and sweet style whose theme are mostly based on fruits and candies. Love Light Prismatic Highlighter (Ray of light) is suitable for the pale skin. Close to the skin color, it blends well into the skin and the makeup effect is natural and translucent for the fine powder added with minimizing pores, and the skin feels comfortable when the highlighter being applied. It uses unique Prisma Shine patented technology, combined with powder, liquid, baked and cream formula for a natural and shiny makeup effect, so it’s very suitable for people who pursue natural makeup look. With good pigment, you can take powder with a brush, and then swipe on the areas that need to be brightened, like the cheek and brow bone, to make the face more multidimensional. The makeup still maintains natural and shiny in a long time owing to its strong staying power. It is worth mentioning that the cute heart-shaped packaging is loved by many young girls. However, some users report that due to its craftsmanship, this highlight is easy to fall off as a whole, so it is not recommended to carry around.

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  • finely milled
  • cost-effective
  • simple packaging

As a drug store brand in Germany, Essence is warmly welcomed by the public for its cost-effective price and fresh style. Many beauty Youtubers have recommended it on their channels. suitable for the pale skin, Pure Nude Highlighter has ultra-fine powder similar to Hourglass's powder products, so it is easy to smudge and will hide pores and skin texture problems. This highlighter does not have sequins, but it can present a natural and shiny makeup effect after applying it, making the look natural and seamless, which is very suitable for daily commuting. It should be noted that with vivid hues, it’s supposed to swipe it gently with a brush to highlight the cheek and brow bone and other areas that need to be brightened. It is easy to use and won’t be caking, friendly for the green hand. Though Pure Nude Highlighter is cost-effective, it contains a variety of flavors and preservatives, so the sensitive skin should use it with caution. By the way, Pure Nude Highlighter is packaged in a transparent plastic.

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  • ultra-fine powder
  • long-lasting
  • highly pigmented
  • package being damaged easily

Fenty beauty is loved by the public for its high quality. As an important product line of Fenty Beauty, Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Trophy Wife once won ANNUAL BEAUTY AWARDS in 2018. It is a golden monochrome highlighter, and can also be used as eye shadow. The color may look shining, but it is very suitable for the pale skin. The skin feels comfortable on the skin thanks to its cream-like and fine texture. It also can be applied directly by hand, blending well with face for a natural look. In addition, with shining particles, this highlighter gives a multidimensional and delicate makeup finish by brightening the face, eyes and collarbone. It has a long-lasting makeup effect, and the skin is still shining throughout the day. The official claims that "Unlike your everyday highlighter, Killawatt keeps skin lit beyond sundown with its weightless longwear formula — a cream-powder hybrid that instantly melts into skin and blends with almost zero effort. Another win: It's loaded with superfine shimmer for an ultra-smooth, creamy texture." However, some users report that this plastic packaging is easy to damage, so be careful when you carry it around.

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  • long-lasting
  • coverage
  • slightly fallout
  • packaging is easy to be spotted

With excellent staying power, Hourglass makeup products is loved by the public for its fine texture and using experience. Ambient Lighting powder (ethereal) is a highlighter for the pale skin. The official description of this color number is "An opalescent sheer, cool white powder that mimics a moonlit glow—even in broad daylight." Ambient Lighting powder is baked in a fine texture, but it will be a little fallout when applying. The powder with super-fine pearl light brightens the bridge of nose, brow bones and other parts while minimizing the pores, and can be well integrated with the skin, presenting a natural makeup. In fact, Ambient Lighting powder (ethereal) focuses on natural makeup effects and can also be used as a powder. It is recommended for light skin users who are looking for gloss. It is worth mentioning that Ambient Lighting powder also has a slight concealing effect to hide pores and fine lines, which is more practical. This highlighter does not contain harmful fragrances and preservatives and is suitable for most skin types. Although the packaging of Ambient Lighting powder is delicate, the shell is easy to get magnetic fingerprints, making it look dirty.

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  • highly pigmented
  • long-lasting
  • Rough powder

Jeffree Star Skin Frost (Ice Cold) is suitable for the pale skin tones. Some users have praised it after using it. "The pigmentation and shine are out of this world gorgeous; I love that this is so sheer when lightly applied but buildable to become easily quite blinding. I'm very fair-skinned so this color is perfect for me. As other reviewers have said, the amount of product you receive is insanely generous. I find the packaging appealing and high-quality as well." Its powder is a little rough with a grainy feel, but the skin won’t feel uncomfortable. It can blend well with the skin when applying makeup, without making pores invisible, and presents a natural makeup effect. Skin Frost is pressed compact so it won’t cause fallout when applying. With vivid hues, it can easily brighten the bridge of nose, brow bones, cheeks and other parts, and make the facial features more multidimensional; it can also be used on body parts such as the collarbone. Skin Frost adopts long-lasting powdery formula, even if you wear makeup all day long, it’s still wearable. Its packaging is exquisite, and due to its craftsmanship, there won’t be fall off or being broken, meaning that it’s convenient to carry around.

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  • fine powder
  • easy to carry around
  • slightly fallout
  • not suitable for oily skin

Thanks to the pink and sweet style, Benefit beauty products attracted many young girls. Dandelion Twinkle is suitable for the pale skin. It blends well with the skin when applying, but won’t highlight pores. It adopts a unique baking technology, keeping the powder ultra-fine. When wearing the shimmer powder, the skin feels comfortable, achieving a clear and shiny makeup effect. Dandelion Twinkle is easy to use and smudge; you can choose to use a makeup brush to take powder, sweeping the nose, cheeks and other areas that need to be brightened, which makes thel features more multidimensional and natural. It’s suitable for daily commuting, even for the green hand. Although there may be a slight fallout, it does not affect the applying. In addition, it can be used as a blush, powder and eye shadow in a very practical way versatile. Dandelion Twinkle is packaged in a pink container with Benefit's lovely style, and has a sweet and lovely fragrance. This highlight has two versions, regular and mini, so you can choose according to your needs. However, some people report that the face will be oily after use, so it is not recommended for oily skin type.

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