10 Highlighters For Brown Skin That Don't Look The Least Bit Ashy
I think it was 2015 when I first discovered Becca's now-cultish Champagne Pop. After reading online reviews, I walked into a Sephora in SoHo, Manhattan and asked an employee to help me try it on for the first time. And with one sweep of a fan brush, I was a changed woman. Now, my vanity is filled with nothing but the best highlighters for brown skin, because I can't get enough glow. If I could, I'd highlight my entire body from head-to-toe with gold, bronze, and peachy shimmer.
I won't lie, though: Finding the right highlighter can be difficult, especially when many brands don't curate products for darker skin in mind. I've tried numerous products and shades, with many being too ashy and chalky on my complexion. Pearly shades tend to be geared towards fairer complexions, which is why I lean towards gold-based liquids, creams, and powders.
When I do find the right one, I can't stick to just one option. I love layering them all over my cheekbones, nose, cupid's bow, and all of the other high points of my face, trying to find perfect highlighter to make my brown skin glisten is my favorite part when doing my makeup.
If it were up to me, I'd own at thousands of illuminators. But for now, these are my 10 favorites that I'll be using this summer and beyond.
This is one of my favorite purchases. It's the perfect palette when I want subtle luminosity, and the multiple shades allow me to layer up for more intensity.
The shade is aptly named, as I truly am addicted to this shade. It's long-wear and buildable, and I recommend it to all of my friends.
This long-wearing highlighter duo always makes me tap into my inner bad gal. It is one of my favorite go-tos for the summer.
Unlike traditional pressed powders, this formula blends pigments with liquids, creating a creamy feel that applies seamlessly and never cakes.
If you are looking for a dewy finish, then Glossier Topaz is it. It glides easily on the face and is enriched with vitamin E for hydration.
The go-to blush shade that continues to dominate the industry is now available in liquid highlighter form, and it enhances my undertone like none other.
I will admit, there have been many times I would walk into a Sephora just to pat this gel highlighter above my cheeks. After several visits, I decided to purchase — and don't regret my decision at all. It stays on all day and night.
Great for everyday and special occasions, this compact gives the perfect rosy highlight.
This was the first liquid highlighter I ever purchased, back in summer 2017. Ever since then, the luminizer has been a mainstay in my makeup collection as it blends so easily.