15 Best Highlighters for Every Skin Tone

The best way to achieve a dewy glow in a snap? Brush (or dab) on a little bit of highlighter. Just a sprinkling of the stuff can add some serious dimension to your face, and can even give you the appearance of cheekbones. But before you go on the hunt for the perfect highlighter, we chatted with blogger and beauty expert Danielle Gray of The Style and Beauty Doctor to get a few tips on how to choose the right one for your complexion.

If you have fair skin:

“An icy pink or icy silver highlighter will beautifully illuminate the skin,” Danielle tells us. A color like Benefit Cosmetics High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer is a great choice for paler women.

If you have medium/olive skin:

“For medium to olive toned skin, try a highlighter with a soft, peachy golden glow. Urban Decay Naked Flushed in Streak is a perfect option — it combines a matte bronzer, a peachy shimmery highlighter and a bright coral blush for a perfect sun-kissed flush.”

If you have dark skin:

“For darker skin tones, variations of gold (rose gold, champagne, bronze) look beautiful, but you want something richly pigmented so it shows up well on deeper skin,” Danielle notes. “NYX Cosmetics Tango with Bronzing Powder in Bronze Ensemble is amazing as a highlighter on rich skin tones.”

Now that you’ve got the skinny, you’re ready to shop. Click through for highlighters that will brighten up any face — no matter your skin tone.

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