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highlighters for dark skin

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for highlighters for dark skin.

Highlighters have become a popular trend in recent years. A highlighter is used to make the skin look brighter and more radiant. It can be worn on its own or paired with other products to create a more complete look.

NUDESTIXMagnetic Nude Glimmer Highlighter

Size: 0.34 oz/ 10 mL·ITEM: 2174951

Color: 24k Goddess

31 Reviews

$28.00

It’s the perfect color for my light skin—good balance of champagne & pink tones, and the formula is everything I wanted in a cream highlighter but had a hard time finding. ...For reference, I'm Indian so I'm very dark and this blended really well right at where my cheekbones should be.

What it is: A luminous skin brightener and highlighter for eyes, cheeks, and lips that sets for all-day, waterproof wear.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, and phthalates. This product is also vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This glimmering, metallic gel melts onto skin for a lightweight, skin-like, nude glow that layers to a strobe highlighter for eye-brightening, face-highlighting, and lip-foiling. The long-wearing, waterproof formula provides the perfect sheen—from a candlelit glow to high-voltage foil effect.

KajaGlowy Stamp Blendable Liquid Highlighter

Size: 0.17oz/ 5 g·ITEM: 2353266

Color: Dreamy - warm bronze

44 Reviews

$24.00

I like that it’s light coverage and not super dark....Kaja glows stamp , I really love using this product because easily blendable, highlighters with your hands and it’s have instant moon-shaped highlighter,, so glowing on my skin,,, I looks more beautiful with this products, I highly recommend it

What it is: A liquid cushion highlighter in a bouncy moon-shaped stamp that blends out for an instant, natural-looking glow.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, and phthalates. This product is also vegan and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: Stamp on to instantly glow up. This cushion highlighter's light-catching liquid formula easily builds up and blends out for the ultimate sheen of your dreams.

MAKEUP BY MARIOMaster Secret Glow® Highlighter

Size: 0.05 oz/ 1.5 g·ITEM: 2389708

Color: Expensive - translucent

167 Reviews

$22.00

justice for this highlighter!...My favorite highlighter currently!...I love this highlighter. It is the only balm highlighter I have tried that did not move my makeup underneath, or take any off.

What it is: A translucent balm that gives a dewy glass-like glow for the eyes and face in a nourishing, emollient formula.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free.

What Else You Need to Know: With a balmy, hydrating texture, Master Secret Glow gives eyes, cheeks, and lips an alluring, glass-like effect. Apply to bare skin or tap over makeup as the final touch to your look. The lustrous formula melts onto the skin for a stunning, super dewy look that stays in place.

Westman AtelierLit Up Highlight Stick

Size: 0.17 oz/ 5 g·ITEM: 2434173

Color: Brûlée - glassy bronze gold

86 Reviews

$48.00

BEST HIGHLIGHTER/BRONZER EVER...I have extremely pale skin and I was weary of trying this shade because it looked like it had a dark pigment. ...Gorgeous for textured skin that isn’t 20 anymore. Has a violet sheen to it, but when smoothed in creates a glowing effect without the glitter, sparkle, or spackle effect of other highlighters.

What it is: A clean, multitasking highlighter with a translucent, flattering balm formula that imparts skin with fresh, radiant, visible clarity anywhere you choose.

Coverage: Light

Finish:
Radiant

Formulation:
Stick

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Vitus Vita Fruit Extract: Visibly firms skin and boosts moisture.
- Special-Effect Pigments: Create a lustrous, opalescent effect.
- Ayurvedic Oil Blend: Soothes, cushions, and supports skin’s moisture barrier.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: Get that just-had-a-facial glow in one swipe.

REFYGloss Highlighter

Size: 0.67 oz/ 20 g·ITEM: 2473445

Color: Topaz - subtle golden undertones with a glass-like glow finish

43 Reviews

$26.00

my new favorite highlighter...I’m fair/light skinned and immediately thought the color was going to be way too dark for me to use as a highlighter but it blends like a dream. ...LITERAL GLASS SKIN HIGHLIGHTER...I have probably tried ALL liquid and powder highlighters… THIS is literally a gloss highlighter that looks like glass.

What it is: A nonstick universal formula that can be used on top of makeup or as a primer base, giving you the perfect glass-like glow.

Coverage: Light

Finish:
Radiant

Formulation:
Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
- VITAOILS PLUS: Deeply nourishes and visibly smooths the epidermis.
- dl-α-Tocopheryl Acetate: Antioxidant vitamin E.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens. It is also vegan, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

What Else You Need to Know: REFY's Gloss Highlighter can be used on cheekbones, eyelids, and under brows, or on the cupid's bow, lips, and collarbones.

Fenty Beauty by RihannaLiquid Killawatt Fluid Freestyle Highlighter

Size: 0.5 oz/ 15 mL·ITEM: 2484822

Color: Sidechick - white gold with gold shimmer

42 Reviews

$28.00

I enjoyed it I have a medium dark skin tone and it goes great with my skin tone. ...Liquid highlighter that lasts!...This liquid highlighter was beautiful on my light-medium skin but I was.mpst impressed with the staying power. normally I have to set liquid highlighters with a powder highlighter... but this lasted till I washed my face. and it was gorgeous too.

What it is: A super-fine liquid highlighter with an effortlessly buildable, skin-nourishing formula that leaves a fresh, ultra-modern shine.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens and phthalates. It is also cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter is now a liquid formula. Its next-level glow has super-fine shimmer that can build from a sheer veil to a showstopping, visible radiance. And its light-as-air radiance is transfer-resistant and dries down quickly. Plus, it comes in a range of shades for all skin tones.

DiorDior Forever Couture Luminizer Highlighter Powder

ITEM: 2489029

Color: 01 Nude Glow - a golden bronze

38 Reviews

$48.00

Gorgeous Luminizer/Highlighter...I have them in both Nude Glow (pictured) and Golden Glow, and both are GORGEOUS on the skin. They do not accentuate pores and are longer lasting than other highlighters- and I own a lot of them. ...Very subtle but melts in your skin beautifully and doesn’t have a dark flash from the front which most highlighters have

What it is: A highlighter powder with a high-impact iridescent glow, giving skin an instant boost of radiance and comfort all day long.

Coverage: Medium

Finish:
Radiant

Formulation:
Pressed Powder

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Wild Pansy Extract: Protects skin’s natural hydration.

What Else You Need to Know: Composed of 95% natural-origin pigments, this highlighter is highly concentrated in shimmering pearlescent pigments, blending seamlessly for a radiant-looking complexion*. The formula is infused with wild pansy extract to hydrate the skin and provide lasting comfort, all housed in a Dior couture compact.

LYS BeautyAim High Pressed Highlighter Powder

Size: 0.23 oz/ 6.5 g·ITEM: 2503761

Color: Fearless - warm bronze

40 Reviews

$19.00

This highlighter did just that. It gives “golden hour” without looking like you’re trying. ...I am rating this low not because it is a horrible highlighter but because it is just not for me. My main issue is that it is MUCH too dark and golden for my skin tone (I am SUPER pale).

What it is: A super-fine, talc-free, velvety pressed highlighter powder for luxuriously radiant-looking skin.

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Niacinamide: Helps reduce appearance of pores and limit excess shine.
- Mangifera indica (Mango) Fruit Extract: Antioxidant benefits that help to soothe and visibly replenish skin.
- Sodium Hyaluronate: Rich in vitamin A to visibly revitalize the look of skin.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

What Else You Need to Know: Super fine in texture with multidimensional pearl pigments, this pressed powder gives skin a seamless boost of visible radiance without the unwanted chunky glitter. Grace your skin with

LYS BeautyAim High Multi-Use Liquid Highlighter

Size: 0.60 oz/ 18 mL·ITEM: 2503779

Color: Brave - champagne

33 Reviews

$19.00

This is such a beautiful highlighter with a natural luminescence that really makes my skin look radiant and glowy!...A little goes a long way with this highlighter, so it’s definitely worth the price. I haven’t had the best of luck with highlighters, so I am pleasantly surprised by this one.

What it is: A multi-purpose liquid highlighter booster than can be used over, underneath or mixed with your foundation to give your skin an undeniable healthy-looking glow

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Myrciaria dubia Fruit Extract: Helps brighten the look of uneven skin tone and dark spots.
- Mangifera indica (Mango) Fruit Extract: Antioxidant benefits that help to soothe and replenish skin.
- Sodium Hyaluronate: Rich in vitamin A to visibly revitalize the look of skin.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

SmashboxSmashbox X BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector™ Pressed Highlighter

Size: 0.24 oz/ 7 g·ITEM: 2504389

Color: Champagne Pop - a soft gold with pinky-peach pearl - recommended for all skintones

25 Reviews

$40.00

I have always loved Becca's highlighters, it's a shame the company discontinued, but a little goes a long way with this highlighter, it's beautiful and lasts all night, especially with the help of a setting spray. ...I LOVE IT. This Becca highlighter doesn’t accentuate texture, it’s not too dark for fair skin, it has almost creamy texture, and can be built up to a beautiful intensity.

What it is: A most-loved highlighter from BECCA finds a new home at Smashbox—it's the same ultra-creamy formula you know and love for a natural, luminous glow.

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Radiant

Formulations: Pressed Powder

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Ultra-Fine Multidimensional Pearls: Reflects and refracts light from every angle for a buildable, luminous glow.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, phthalates, mineral oil, coal tar, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, and triclosan. It is also cruelty-free.

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