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Five Highlighters That Complement EVERY Desi Skin Tone

Cheek bones on fleek

By Maha Asif Rizwan

World over, makeup artists are emptying one highlighter tube after another to give their clients the much coveted sun kissed glow. Meanwhile, us humidity plagued desis, stack up on blotting papers and any product that promises a matte finish. Once our face is matte enough, we start to miss the healthy glow. Right on cue enters – the highlighter!

The right highlighter can take a few years off your face and give a lit-from-within glow.

The secret to finding the best highlighter meant for your skin shade is similar to the gold versus silver jewelry debate. Here’s a simple tip: If gold jewelry compliments your complexion, then warm bronze, copper, and gold highlighters are your go-to shades. And if silver or platinum jewellery looks good on you, then pick a highlighter that has a hint of silver or pale pink.

If you still can’t find the right one, we’ve narrowed down the highlighters that compliment ALL desi skin tones!

Benefit Watt’s Up! Cream Highlighter


Like the name suggests, this one will give your cheekbones a mega hundred watts worth of glow. Benefit’s Watt’s Up! Cream Highlighter is best for those looking for a soft dewy glow that lasts the whole day.

With a light champagne tone, this highlighter isn’t sparkly or glittery. Instead, it offers a softer feel which is perfect for the day or can be paired with a powder blush for an evening look. The best part is that it’s absolutely non-greasy.

MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter


Behold the dual wonders of MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter: this pen lets you conceal and highlight with one quick flick. The cream based product offers sheer coverage that’s light weight and brightens your skin.

The pen offers more control while strobing (the new contouring technique), and gives a smooth natural finish that lasts longer than powder based products. Pick the shade Bright Forecast or Peach Lustre – both of which are best suited for various desi skin tones.

ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter


Turn up the shimmer with ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter in shade Wisp. Smooth to the touch, this highlighter has a champagne tone with gold glitter particles and a pearl finish. It’s highly pigmented, which means that a little product goes a long way and suits all skin tones, from fair to deep. It can also be used as an eye shadow.

With all that glitter, it is safe to say that you won’t be sporting this to your workplace but it is perfect for weddings!

The good news: ColourPop Pakistan has its own website now!

E.L.F Baked Highlighter


Now, let’s talk about budget friendly highlighters. The E.L.F Baked Highlighter in Blush Gems is a steal. Its luminous peach colour gives the perfect glow to your cheekbones. In addition, this product is packed with Vitamin E, Jojoba, and Sunflower oils which nourish and hydrate your skin! It can be applied with a wet sponge for a bright effect or a dry brush for a more natural everyday look.

This long lasting highlighter is available to order through E.L.F Pakistan’s website right away!

Maybelline Face Studio Master Strobing Stick


On the look out for a highlighter that will blend in to your skin and look like second skin – albeit a more glowing one? Maybelline Face Studio Master Strobing Stick Illuminating Highlighter in Medium is the answer to your beauty prayers. This subtle highlighting stick gives desi skin tone the right amount of gleam.

Our tip is to mix it with your moisturizer for an overall natural finish. This one might not last all day long, but it’ll leave behind a healthy sheen to your skin. Easy to carry around and accessible in most beauty stores, this stick is an instant pick-me-up.