TOP 10 AFFORDABLE HIGHLIGHTERS FOR PALE SKIN
Finding a highlighter that is suitable for paler skin can be tricky; more often than not I get the tell-tale darker streak on my cheekbones when I expected to see a glow! So, I’ve taken one for the team and tested out as many as I possibly can from affordable brands in order to find the best ones for ghost-like complexions. I’ve also filmed a video on this subject, which you can find below!
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10 – REVOLUTION STROBE HIGHLIGHTER IN EVER GLOW LIGHTS
If you’re after a white-based highlighter that doesn’t just look like a glittery streak across your cheek, the Strobe highlighters are a good bet. There’s two or three shades that would work for paler skin and what I like best about them is their subtlety. Ever Glow Lights is my favourite shade. In swatches and in the pan it looks like a matte or satin white powder, but when glazed across the cheekbones with your favourite highlighting brush it transforms into a soft glow. As it’s white, it’ll suit even the palest of people. Purchase yours for £3 from Superdrug, Beauty Bay or RevolutionBeauty.
9 – ELF BAKED HIGHLIGHTER IN MOONLIGHT PEARLS
This highlighter from Elf doesn’t seem that great to begin with, but scrape (or sellotape) the top layer off and underneath is a beautiful natural glowy highlighter. This is also subtle, like the Strobe highlighter, but is more of a proper glow rather than a soft sheen due to the baked formula. It has a pale pinkness to it, but you can’t really see any colour to it when it’s on the skin. I like to wear this on my no-makeup-makeup days. Purchase yours for £5 from Superdrug or Boots.
8 – MUA UNDRESS YOUR SKIN IN IRIDESCENT GOLD
MUA highlighters have been firm favourites in the drugstore for a long time because of their cheap price and extensive shade range. If you’re into the iridescent trend of highlights, there are plenty to choose from that will work for pale skin. I like the Iridescent Gold shade as it shifts to invisibility on the skin when not in the light. The gold is an intense one, but it somehow works. Purchase yours for £3 from Superdrug.
7 – BOURJOIS LE PETIT STROBER
This is a hidden gem of the drugstore! It may be small, but it is definitely mighty. This is another subtle highlighter, but it is a glow from within type, rather than the same as the others mentioned. It may not be to everyone’s tastes due to its subtlety, but not everyone wants something intense or metallic. This one is gold, but more of a champagne shade rather than yellow gold like the MUA one and it is described as a Universal Glow, meaning it shoud work for a range of people. Purchase yours for £6.50 from Boots or Superdrug.
6 – WET N WILD POWDER HIGHLIGHTER IN BLOSSOM GLOW
This is a new brand to the UK, and after seeing the highlighters being raved about by so many US YouTubers for so long, I was very excited when I finally got the chance to try one myself. Although there are only two shades to buy for the moment, the lighter of the two should work for most pale people, although those with more yellow complexions might not enjoy the contrast of the pink to yellow. This highlighter is definitely very glowy and somewhat intense, but has a more powdery texture, so a light hand is a must. Purchase yours for £3.75 from Beauty Bay or Boots.
5 – REVOLUTION PRO SKIN FINISH IN OPALESCENT
Yet another more natural, subtle glowy highlighter. These are fairly new to Revolution Pro, and is much like the Revolution Strobe highlighters in that it looks matte in the pan and in swatches, but looks like a sheen on the skin. It’s a very subtle pink shade, but again you can’t see the colour on the skin, just the glow. The Luminescence shade is the only colour that will work for pale skin; the next shade up is much too golden and dark. Purchase yours for £5 from RevolutionBeauty.
4 – OBSESSION MEGA HIGHLIGHTER IN LIGHTNING
These are new to the drugstore and are pigmented, to say the least. They’re the type of highlight you’ll definitely notice, so you’ll need to use a light hand and blend out fully. This is a very blinding highlighter so definitely one if you like to shine to the stars. The other shade suitable for paler skin, Moon, is a light lilac shade which is a more interesting colour if you prefer something different. Lightning is a white with gold veining throughout, which comes off as an icy gold when mixed. You can purchase it for £4 from RevolutionBeauty or Boots.
3 – MILANI STROBELIGHT POWDER IN AFTERGLOW
Milani isn’t exactly a drugstore brand for those of us in the UK, however it’s only very slightly more expensive than other highlighters you can find in Boots or Superdrug. I’ve only one tried one shade, which is Afterglow. It’s described as a champagne but definitely is more of a champagne-pink, but again the pink is so subtle it’s not noticeable. The result of this shade is a beautiful glow. It’s not shimmery, too intense nor subtle. It’s a great in-between shade. Find it on Beauty Bay for £13.
2 – REVOLUTION PRO SUPREME PALETTE IN ICE
I was going to keep this list to single shadows, but I had to include this trio, because I only ever use the centre shade. The other two are more ‘interesting’ shades of pink and blue, but the centre shade is a true gold. The formula of these highlights are soft and creamy, and, most incredibly, look wet on the skin. There’s no shimmer, just an intense wet-looking glow. It’s rare to find an actual gold highlight that is suitable for pale skin, but this one does it, and it does it well. Find it on RevolutionBeauty or Superdrug for £6.
1 – MAYBELLINE EXTREME CHROME HIGHLIGHTER IN DIAMOND GLOW
The number one on my list is from Maybelline. You may have heard plenty of people talk about the Maybelline highlighters on YouTube, but the lighter shades have only just become available in the UK. Diamond Glow is an icy white shade with the tiniest hint of pink. These highlighters are again the powdery type that need a light hand, but are absolutely blinding on the skin. Diamond Glow is probably the only one that would work for paler skintones (the holographic version may also work, but I’m not a fan of holographic shades) and it’s worth picking up. You can find it for £9 from Superdrug.