Being a beauty lover with pale skin can be tricky sometimes. You’ve got to work out if a foundation’s range goes light enough for you and sometimes just accept that no matter how pretty a shade might look online, it’s just not going to work for you. This is particularly a problem I face with highlighters. I see beautiful, vibrant, warm golds everywhere and although they look beautiful when swatched, it’s often too intense or dark on my skin. After compiling my favourites bronzers for my fellow pale-skinned beauty lovers, I thought I’d weigh in on the three highlighters you need if you’re after a good dose of glow on the cheekbones.
The subtle one of the bunch, also one with annoyingly bulky packaging, but the product inside is just too good to ignore. This baked powder is a beautiful pearlescent nude that really blends into the cheekbones to provide glow without too much of a noticeable colour. For days when I want to look lit from within and put the metallic glow on the backburner, this is my go-to.
One of my most-loved newbies. From the first swatches I saw of Rose Quartz, I could tell it was going to be a pale skin dream. It’s definitely much more intense than the Laura Mercier… swatches look incredibly metallic but blended out onto the cheekbones, it provides an intense glow without drawing attention to pores – I’ve already gone into detail about just how good the formula is. These pink-toned highlighter shades are definitely under appreciated in my eyes. They look much more natural on my skin tone compared to the golden highlighters that you see all over Instagram.
If you are after a little more of a golden glow, though, Mary Lou is stunning on all skin tones. It’s a gold with just a hint of pearlescence to it, making it much easier to wear than the yellow gold highlighters on the market. Again, on the cheekbones it can be quite intense but for nights out, particularly if there’s flash photography involved, I love pulling this one out.
L to R: Laura Mercier Highlight-01, Jouer Rose Quartz, The Balm Mary Lou Manizer
What are your favourite highlighters for your skin tone?
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