Best Highlighters for Fair Skin
Having fair skin is a blessing and a curse. People think you’re adorable and that it makes you so much more photogenic. But at the same time, not many products come in your shade, forcing you to either compromise or settle for the wrong shade. And even if an awesome highlighter comes your way, finding one that doesn’t make you look like Casper can be challenging. After all, most highlighters are yellow-based. Which makes sense because they’re meant to draw attention to the top of your cheekbones and directly underneath your eyes. But on warm skin tones with yellow undertones, that means they make you look jaundiced instead of radiant. Read on to discover the best highlighters for fair skin!
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Poreless Skin
This liquid highlighter from Becca is great for fair skin because it’s a more subtle formula than a powder. And while it comes in a pretty light gold shade, it’s still not meant for the fairest of skins. But if you’re in the mid-toned warm range, this is a great product to try! It’s super easy to apply and gives a beautiful, dewy look that’s perfect for everyday wear. It’s also very buildable and can be worn as a heavy glow for a night out. The only downside of this product is that it’s only 6 ml, which might not last you long if you like to wear it often. If you want to go with a more traditional highlighter that’s easier to control, Becca also makes a powdered highlighter in the same shade. It’s also a good product but comes in a bigger size and is therefore more cost-effective.
NARS Highlighting Kit in Fair Glow
The NARS Highlighting Kit is a fantastic option for fair skin, even though it’s made for warm skin tones. It’s got a fantastic formula that applies smoothly and blends well into the skin. And while it’s meant to be used as a kit with the blush, it can be applied as a stand-alone highlighter. The one thing to watch out for with this product is that it’s very pigmented, so it’s best to use a light hand! The warm tones in the product are also very subtle and are a great choice for the more subtle highlighter lovers out there. The warm glow is created by using the top highlight and bronzer from the kit and the cool glow can be achieved with the bottom highlighter and blush. If you’re not a fan of the glow, you can also use the highlighter as a strong blush! It’s a great product with a stellar formula that’s also very long-lasting. The only downside is the price, coming in at $72.
Physicians Formula Butter Shine Glow Stick
The Butter Shine Glow Stick is a great drugstore highlighter for fair skin. It comes in a ton of shades and is available in warm and cool undertones, giving you tons of options to choose from. It’s also got a buttery texture that feels great on the skin and blends out super easily. The only downside to this product is that it’s a bit crumbly, so you’ll have to be careful when applying or it may crumble or fall off. But that can be forgiven because this highlighter is very pigmented and long-lasting! It’s also got a subtle warm golden glow that works great on all skin tones. If you don’t like the warmth, the cooler toned shade is skin-perfecting instead of highlighter and would be a good option for fair skin! This product is also very affordable at only $13 and would make a great addition to your daily makeup routine.
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighting Mask
The Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighting Mask is a bit of a strange product but also a good one for fair skin. It’s a cream formula that you apply as a wash of color on your skin. It’s designed to give your skin a warm glow and is really pigmented, so you only need a small amount each time! The product has a warm golden tone that’s pretty subtle and looks great on fair skin tones. You can also build it up if you want a stronger glow and it’s very long-lasting. You’re supposed to use this product as a one-time thing and it’s available in two sizes, one being a small sample size that’s great for traveling with. It’s also pricey and comes in at $38.
Maybelline Master Strobing Stick
The Master Strobing Stick is a cream highlighter in a tube. And while that might not sound like the most exciting product, it’s actually fantastic for fair skin! It’s super easy to apply and blend, making it a great option for beginners. Plus, because it’s a cream product, it’s not as intense as a powder product and is less likely to look shiny or caked on. The product is available in four shades and has a warm tone that’s subtle enough for fair skin. It does have a shimmer to it, but the product is very buildable, so you can use as much or as little as you want. It does have a slight scent to it, but it’s not very strong and lasts for a short time. It comes in at $10 and is a great option for daily use.
Honorable Mention: St. Vincent High Coverage Foundation and Highlighter
The St. Vincent high coverage foundation and highlighter is a product that you’ll want to be careful with, especially if you have fair skin. The highlighter is very pigmented and comes in a warm golden tone. If you’re fair and warm, this product is great for you! But if you’re fair and cool, you’ll want to be extra careful when applying this product. The highlighter is so pigmented that it’s easy to go overboard and end up with a very strong glow. This product is also a bit more expensive than the other highlighters on this list at $33.
If you have fair skin, you’ve got your work cut out for you when it comes to highlighter. Luckily, there are tons of options out there that are made for fair skin and work well only when applied with a light hand! Choose a highlighter formula that works best for you. Is it a cream? Powder? Pigmented? Not pigmented? Find one that works best for you and you’ll be glowing in no time!