Three of the Best Highlighters for Pale Skin

Three of the Best Highlighters for Pale Skin - Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight-01, The Balm Mary Lou Manizer, Jouer Powder Highlighter in Rose Quartz - Review & Swatches
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.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight-01

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.

Jouer Powder Highlighter in Rose Quartz

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.

The Balm Mary Lou Manizer

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.

Three of the Best Highlighters for Pale Skin - Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight-01, The Balm Mary Lou Manizer, Jouer Powder Highlighter in Rose Quartz - SwatchesL 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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  • belladilemma

    I have been looking for a highlighter for my pale skin, amateur make up abilities. I wear Nars Deauville and had been looking at Nars Nick Blush to use as a highlighter, have you swatched or used this before?

  • I totally agree with the Laura Mercier one! It is my go to and so gorgeous for everyday. I also love Becca Moonstone for a more intense highlight on my pale skin. Great review 🙂

    Emma | Rosy Disposition

  • Shilpa Shetty

    The Laura Mercier Highlight-01 looks very nice among other two,..

  • sassy

    Laura Mercier one is on my WL! And Mary Lou is my favourite highlighter