I get lots of queries for highlighter recommendations and I thought I’d put together a post with my top 3 Highlighters for dusky skin. I tend to prefer liquid based highlighters a lot more as they give a more natural look when blended over liquid foundation. Warm gold/copper/bronze based highlighters look much better than pink/pearl based highlighters as they match with the warm undertones of Indian skin – especially on duskier beauties. While there are no doubt loads of other highlighters out there in the market, here are my top picks from my own collection –
1. Colorbar Radiant Glow Face Illuminator Pen (Rs 450)
This might look almost chalky compared to my other 2 picks here but it is actually a champagne-gold based highlighter and looks very subtle when blended out.
2. MAC Cream Color base Improper Copper (Rs 1000)
This is a warm coppery cream color with fine gold sparkle – looks very natural on the skin. The creamy base gives a soft dewy finish as well.
3. Inglot AMC Face and Body Illuminator no. 65 (Rs 970)
This is the warmest of all the highlighters I own and pretty runny – excellent for mixing in foundation/body lotion for an all over bronzed glow! Would be a great pick for brides!
Heavily swatched and photographed in Flash to show the color/shimmer-
In case you’re new to makeup..
..and wondering what highlighters/illuminators are – they are makeup products that contain light reflective shimmer particles. When applied on the bony parts or high points of the skin or when mixed with base (foundation), they reflect the light striking the skin and give the illusion of glowing, dewy skin. The best highlighters are those with soft shimmer, chunky heavy shimmer does not look flattering and draws attention to imperfections.
Another great highlighter worth mentioning here is Revlon Age Defying Illuminator. The shade Bare Light would be more suited for warmer/duskier skin tones as compared to Pink Light. I’ve only seen these 2 shades on Indian counters though the international lineup shows shades Gold Light and Bronze Light as well. The latter 2 would be fantastic for Indian skin tones, I wonder why they did not launch them in India.