How To Pick The

           Right Highlighter

Highlighters are the cult products of this decade. From just being used on certain occasions, they have rightfully wormed their way into our everyday make-up bags and to be honest, we are not complaining. Who wouldn’t want to add a little glow in her make-up routine? Though including highlighters into our beauty routines is exciting, it’s also important to buy the right kind of highlighter for your skin tone. We give you the ultimate guide to choose the perfect highlighter, that works best for you.

Are Highlighters & Illuminators the same?

Well, no. Yes, they both do add an element of glow to your face, but they don't really perform the same task. An illuminator lends soft focused glow to your entire face with its light reflecting particles, whereas, a highlighter will target the light on a concentrated area. Illuminators work wonders for normal to dry skin types as they make your complexion look dewy and plump. Highlighters can be worn alone on the high points of your face, or topped over an illuminator for that extra glam quotient.

Guide to Appropriate Highlighters:


It’s very easy to get lured into the temptation of applying your blinding champagne toned highlight on a work-day but it’s also a huge faux pas. You want to distinguish your evening appropriate highlighters from your everyday ones. When you’re opting for a work-wear appropriate highlighter, try opting for low-key highlight colors, which show that you’re glowing from within. The key is for the high-points of your face to shine under the right light. Illuminators work well for the work-desk by making sure your complexion looks healthy, yet not done-up. The time to go all out are the evening events when your highlight should be the center of attraction. (TBH, who doesn’t want that?). Picking darker shades & more long-lasting products are the key to rocking that shine all night long.

Which one is right for you?

You might think that picking up the most blinding and sparkly shade of silver is the perfect way to get that highlight on point on look but there’s a lot more work than that when it comes to picking up your highlight shades. It’s all a game of skin-tone and undertones here. Read on further to understand which shades would suit you:

Fair Skin Tones: For women with lighter complexions, we would recommend choosing a highlighter, that lights up your complexion. Though the best combination is Pearly & Icy-Silver hues with pink undertones to sharpen up your cheekbones. You may opt for a light-gold or champagne too if your undertone has more warmth.

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Medium Skin Tones: Olive skin tones should focus more into highlighting their caramel colored skins with deeper tones. Gold’s, Peach & Champagne-esque shades are more your colors. The end up lifting the complexion, making it reflect more light. 

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Dark Skin Tones: If you do fall under the dusky skinned tribe, focus on variations of warm colors such as Rose-Gold, Bronze, Prosecco Shimmer liquid shades with Burgundy undertones. The perfect champagne color too may work wonders for you. Stay away from frosty, snow-white shades as they are contrasting to your skin-tone, and may wash you out, entirely.

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We recommend using a gold or champagne illuminator for warmer undertones or an icy pink or silver shade for cooler undertones with your foundation, to achieve a healthy-looking base before applying your desired highlighter.


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