The 21 Best Highlighters for Darker Skin Tones
As beauty editors, we know better than just about anyone the power of a good highlight. This glistening accent can breathe new life into a minimally made up face or be the cherry on top of a full beat, but either way, it’s a can’t-skip step in any routine. With a vast array of pressed powder, liquid, and cream options on the market, you’d think selecting the right highlighter would be as simple as plucking your formula of choice off the shelf at your favorite beauty haunt. But for those of us with deeper skin tones, the burden of choice is a heavy one, because a highlight can go all the way left if not handled properly.
We know a thing or two about a thing or two (you trust us, right?), but we thought it best to call in the experts on this one. That’s why we tapped the most celebrated makeup artists in the game right now to weigh in on the best highlighters for darker skin tones. This talented lot work with black and brown stars from Lupita Nyong’o to America Ferrera, Gabrielle Union, and all our faves in between and they gave us all the intel on the highlighters that best compliment deeper complexions. And don’t worry—they also spilled the tea on which ones we should avoid at all costs. Check out their tips and red-carpet approved picks ahead.