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The Best Highlighters for Pale Skin

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Dec 10, 2020
The Best Highlighters for Pale Skin

Shimmery formulas for fair-skinned beauties

Your fair complexion loves red lipstick and peachy blush, and there’s nothing like a shimmery highlighter to complete your makeup looks. The only problem? Finding the right shade can be a bit of a challenge. Champagne is hit or miss, with some hues looking too flat on your fair skin, while a warm brown can look a bit muddy and icy white will simply not show up. What’s a pale girl to do when she needs a poppin’ highlight? Try one of these illuminating highlighters in everything from lilac to iridescent gold.

The best formulas will be ultra-pigmented on your complexion, blending out to reveal a sparkly effect that’s dewy and dreamy… without making you look like a disco ball. A fair complexion looks flawless with a rose gold, lavender, or pearl-toned highlighter, and you’ll be unleashing the radiance with these top picks for pale skin!

Ofra X NikkieTutorials Glazed Donut Highlighter by OFRA, $35

Ofra X NikkieTutorials Glazed Donut Highlighter by OFRA
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“Crazy pigment and super long wear time. As an ultra pale (Casper vibes) girl, it's super hard to find a highlight that I absolutely love and let me tell you, I found it.” Even though Halloween was last month, every day can be spooky for the ghostly pale girls who accidentally buy the wrong shade of highlighter - making them appear dirty or unblended. Not cool. But the Glazed Donut Highlighter is perfect for our pale-skinned beauties, as it’s a collaboration with the glow queen herself, NikkieTutorials! The beauty YouTuber knows a thing or two about highlighting with fair skin, and this highlighter will have you beaming in just a few sweeps. It’s a frosty-white, pearlescent shade that reflects the light in all the right ways - thanks to the pearl-packed formula that accentuates the beauty of your pale skin. Just look at Nikkie’s ever-present, exquisite glow… and know that you’ll be just as radiant with Glazed Donut.

Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Moonstone by BECCA, $38

Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Moonstone by BECCA
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Golden hour looks good on you, babe. If we’ve learned anything from Fenty Beauty’s iconic gold highlighter, Trophy Wife, it’s that this metallic hue looks gorgeous on all skin tones. However, those with fair complexions may want to go for a lighter shade of gold, like Moonstone from BECCA! This pale gold looks fabulous on your pale skin, blending out seamlessly on your cheeks to produce a natural, sparkly-yet-subtle glow. The creamy texture feels grand on your skin, and produces buildable coverage that takes you from dewy radiance to disco ball in just a few movements from your makeup brush. You can’t go wrong with gold, and this magical hue makes every makeup look for pale skin that much more opulent.

Illuminator in Copacabana by NARS, $30

Illuminator in Copacabana by NARS
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If sheer, shimmering incandescence is what you desire, the Illuminator by NARS will keep you looking lit. The liquid highlighter blends out effortlessly across your entire body to create a refreshed glow - making it a must-have for the full-body shimmer that you’ll be rocking at the virtual holiday parties. But don’t underestimate the way it will light up your face, either, as the shade Copacabama is an opalescent pink pearl highlight that complements your rosy glow. Glide it across your cheekbones for a Zendaya-style strobing effect, or glow all out by adding a tiny bit of Illuminator into your foundation - giving you just the right amount of dewy brightness. Your pale skin loves the cult favorite Orgasm blush, and NARS is back with more shimmer to light up your look with this highlighter!

Diamond Light Highlighter in Diamond Fire by Too Faced, $36

Diamond Light Highlighter in Diamond Fire by Too Faced
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A rainbow of prismatic, dazzling color is coming your way - and if you saw Too Faced in the title, you know that one of those colors is pink. Diamond Light is a gem of a highlighter, wrapped up in one gorgeous, ring box-inspired package. It’s available in three shades, and Diamond Fire is an exquisite blend of blue, pink, and yellow to give your fair skin an iridescent glow, wherever you go. Besides the one-of-a-kind color, this creamy highlighter is also infused with real crushed diamond powder and light-reflecting pearls for extra luxury. Because if you’ve seen the Too Faced pink palace and collection of girly and glamorous eyeshadow palettes - you know that the brand is all about opulence. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, shine bright like a diamond (as Rihanna once said,) diamonds are forever… all the sayings are true. And your pale skin will fall in love with this luxurious highlighter.

FaceStudio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter in Molten Rose Gold by Maybelline, $8

FaceStudio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter in Molten Rose Gold by Maybelline
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“The rose gold shade is my ride or die. It looks really good on the skin. It blends beautifully. It’s pigmented so a little bit goes a long way. It’s buildable. Creamy. And it’s $10.” As the MIRA BEAUTY reviews say, this rose gold highlighter is everything. The trendy shade is flawless for fair skin, as it creates “lit from within” glowing skin that accentuates your natural radiance and brings out your best features. And that’s just the beginning with FaceStudio Master Chrome. This highlighter embellishes your face with a melted metallic finish, reflecting the light with pearl pigments that never go out of style. Sweep this metallic highlighter across your cheekbones, forehead, nose and jawline to sparkle day and night - courtesy of a pigmented, blendable, and high-shine formula that won’t look too chunky or overly glittery.

Pure Nude Highlighter by Essence, $5

Pure Nude Highlighter by Essence
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“I love this highlighter. The price is unbeatable! It goes on beautifully and leaves a nice glow on the cheeks. It isn’t chunky or glittery! If you want a more natural glow this is awesome.” One of the biggest problems when trying to find the best highlighter for pale skin? Choosing a shade that isn’t light enough to wash you out, or so dark that you end up looking muddy. Pure Nude Highlighter is the ideal middle ground for those who seek a subtle, yet striking luminosity. It’s a baked powder that doesn’t change your look per se, but simply enhances what you have… giving a new meaning to the term “you’re glowing.” Add neutral shimmer to any makeup look with this powder - which 92% of MIRA guests say is blendable, and 97% agree is extremely long lasting.

Dandelion Twinkle Powder Highlighter by Benefit, $30

Dandelion Twinkle Powder Highlighter by Benefit
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“The color is perfect for fair skin and gives the right amount of highlight without all the extra glitter and excess shimmer. it's like you've got a candlelight glow.” The secret to a barely-there, beautiful shimmer? Baked highlighter, like Dandelion Twinkle. This strobing powder has a “whisper-light texture” that’s less Instagram glam, and more complexion pick-me-up for casual hangout or first date vibes. You can wear it alone on your cheekbones, or dab along your eyes for an inner corner shimmer, to keep things simple - or you can pair with blush, bronzer, and contouring powder for a bit more drama. And if you’re a real #Benebabe, you know we’re definitely referring to the cult favorite Hoola Matte Bronzer. It pairs perfectly with this highlighter for pale skin, and you can express your artistry with these gorgeous products!

Custom Enhancer Drops in Celestial by Cover FX, $42

Custom Enhancer Drops in Celestial by Cover FX
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“These you can really mix in with anything. You can use them as eyeshadow, you can add them as a highlight, you can mix in with foundation if you want to go a little crazy,” Carli Bybel told her millions of YouTube subscribers about the Custom Enhancer Drops by Cover FX. She’s not exaggerating about the versatility of these gorgeous liquid highlighters, and the shade Celestial is ideal to give your pale skin a glow up. This pearlescent, pink-purple color is just as dreamy as it sounds, and there are plenty of ways to incorporate it into your beauty routine. Just mix a few in with your foundation for a dewy finish, into your lip balm for a glowy and glossy pout, or simply blend across your bare cheekbones for a subtle strobing effect. Shimmer lovers like Carli will go crazy for these easy-to-use, long lasting drops - one of the best highlighters for pale skin that you’ll want to keep collecting. 94% of our MIRA community agrees that this formula is ultra-pigmented on your skin, and 88% say it’s extremely blendable.

Super Shock Cheek Highlighter in Flexitarian by Colourpop, $8

Super Shock Cheek Highlighter in Flexitarian by Colourpop
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“If you want a blinding highlight, this is for you. Flexitarian is perfect for fair skin tones and looks STUNNING in the sun. It’s so creamy and smooth and blends well.” A blinding, next-level highlight on a budget? Only from Colourpop. Buildable, blendable, and simply bouncy on your cheeks… this shade is an intense white champagne with silver reflects, which you know is giving you major New Year’s Eve vibes to match your silvey smokey eye. Featuring the same texture as the Colourpop Super Shock Shadows, you know you can trust one of the best highlighters for pale skin to sweep your cheekbones in style. 100% of our MIRA guests agree that Super Shock is pigmented, long lasting, creamy and smooth… and you’ll have the most glowing skin with Flexitarian.

Liquid Lumière Highlighting Fluid in Sheen by Chantecaille, $44

Liquid Lumière Highlighting Fluid in Sheen by Chantecaille
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Want to feel a bit fancy? Try one of the best highlighters for fair skin by Chantecaille. Sheen is a rose gold hue that’s undoubtedly trendy and influencer-esque, but the minimal packaging and subtle radiance provides major French girl vibes. Liquid Lumière Highlighting Fluid is a smooth, buildable, and moisturizing formula in one pint-sized tube - helping to illuminate the skin with micro-sized, light reflecting pigments that even Emily in Paris would love. Dab just a tiny bit on your face by day for a complexion pick-me-up, or a way to look a bit more awake and refreshed on your morning Zoom classes, and build it up at night for the ultimate glam makeup moment. Timeless luxury and elegance await with Liquid Lumière, and your pale skin will thank you for this rose gold hue!

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