The 5 Best Highlighters for Women of Colour

Get that power glow!

Every girl who loves makeup pretty much lives for that ethereal glow! For dark-skinned women, the key to finding the perfect highlighter to boost your complexion is to stay away from pale and cool shades – think gold and warm shades for a sheer golden finish.

If you’re a newbie to the highlighting/strobing world, strobing cream sticks and liquid illuminators are the easiest to use. Powder highlighters are a great way to add a touch of sparkle to complete a look, providing a very sheer and even finish.

1 MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (R460) in Global Glow

A little goes a long way with this highlighting powder which delivers a potent shimmer. Dust some of this golden powder onto your cheekbones for a sun-kissed glow. 

2 MAYBELLINE Master Strobing Stick (R160) in Dark

You’ll only need one swipe of this golden stick to accentuate your complexion. Unlike other strobing sticks, this creamy formula glides on easily and is super-pigmented.


3 NYX Born To Glow! Liquid Illuminator (R146) in Sun Goddess

I can’t get enough of this liquid illuminator. Dab some onto skin as the last step in your makeup application for that melanin-goddess glow!

4 BOBBI BROWN Highlighting Powder (R740) Golden Shine

This highlighting powder is flattering on all skin tones, giving you the most luminous complexion. PS: it can also double as an eye shadow if you’re wanting that extra shimmer and shine.

5 LA GIRL Strobe Lite Strobing Powder (R149) 50 Watt

This highlighting powder has a sheer finish. Use a fan brush to swipe on the powder for a natural-looking glow.

Tweet us @cosmopolitanSA and #COSMOBeauty to share your favourite highlighters and illuminators with us. We would love to hear what you guys use to create that effortless glow!

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