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The Pale Girl’s Guide to Highlighting

The Pale Girl's Guide to Highlighting

Happy Makeup Wars Monday! Today I’m bringing you the Pale Girl’s Guide to Highlighting. From the moment I learned about highlighting, I loved it. Contouring, I can take it or leave it, but not highlighting. I want to glow!

The Pale Girl’s Guide to Highlighting

When you’re ultra pale, it can be hard to find the right highlighter. Most are too dark or don’t really bring out my features. And matte highlighters do me no favors. What I’ve found for me is that with pale skin, I need to seek out white based, ethereal, or iridescent highlighter shades. Highlighters with these properties really accentuate my features.

This post contains a mix of press samples and purchased by me.

The Pale Girl's Guide to Highlighting

The Pale Girl's Guide to Highlighting

Dose of Colors Pearl Dust
Dose of Colors Highlighter in Pearl Dust
Dose of Colors Pearl Dust
Dose of Colors Highlighter in Pearl Dust

The Pale Girl's Guide to Highlighting featuring Dose of Colors Pearl Dust

Dose of Colors Highlighter in Pearl Dust
This is an ethereal white highlighter with a hint of iridescent pink. Above, I used Pearl Dust on the cheek and for an eye highlight at the inner corner. It’s absolutely stunning. See my review. Choose this if you want an iridescent shimmery pink highlight.

NARS Illuminator in Copacabana
NARS Illuminator in Copacabana
NARS Illuminator in Copacabana
NARS Illuminator in Copacabana

NARS Illuminator in Copacabana
This is described as a glistening pearl. It’s like a liquid version of Dose of Colors Pearl Dust. It’s very pretty and this  bottle will last you forever because a little goes a very long way. This can also be mixed into liquid foundations or primer to add extra glow. See more highlighter swatches. Choose this if you want a cool pink luminescent glow.

NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Craving
NARS Dual-Intensity Blush in Craving
NARS Dual-Intensity Blush in Craving
NARS Dual-Intensity Blush in Craving

Makeup Geek MannyMua Palette Look

NARS Dual-Intensity Blush in Craving
This is a white base with pink iridescence. The other side is a peachy bronze blush. Above, I’m wearing both the highlighter and blush. This is very subtle for my taste but I do think this is a pretty duo. I bought this duo when I was shopping with my friend Jen from My Beauty Bunny. Choose this if you want a subtle pink sheen.

Notoriously Morbid Osteomancy
Notoriously Morbid Highlighter in Osteomancy
Notoriously Morbid Osteomancy
Notoriously Morbid Highlighter in Osteomancy

Notoriously Morbid Highlighter in Osteomancy
This is a silvery white highlight with a hint of blue iridescence. I love this one so much. (vegan) Choose this if you want a cool silvery blue sheen.

Makeup Geek Sugar Rush
Makeup Geek Duochrome pigment in Sugar Rush
Makeup Geek Duochrome Pigment in Sugar Rush
Makeup Geek Duochrome Pigment in Sugar Rush

Makeup Geek Duochrome Pigment in Sugar Rush
A translucent base with light teal blue iridescence. This is very smooth and gorgeous. See my review. Choose this if you want a shimmery cool teal highlight.

Sugarpill Lumi
Sugarpill Chromalust in Lumi
Sugarpill Chromalust in Lumi
Sugarpill Chromalust in Lumi

Sugarpill Chromalust in Lumi
White base with turquoise sheen and blue and green flashes. A little more sparkly than it looks here. (vegan) See more Sugarpill. Choose this if you want a super shimmery turquoise glow.

Too Faced Candlelight Glow Duo
Too Faced Highlighter in Candlelight Glow Duo
Too Faced Candlelight Glow Duo
Too Faced Highlighter in Candlelight Glow Duo

Too Faced Highlighter in Candlelight Glow Duo
This has a white with gold iridescence side and a golden pink side. I love this. See separate swatches here. Choose this if you want a gorgeous neutral glow.

Notoriously Morbid Power of the Fae
Notoriously Morbid Highlighter in Power of the Fae
Notoriously Morbid Power of the Fae
Notoriously Morbid Highlighter in Power of the Fae

Notoriously Morbid Highlighter in Power of the Fae
This is a creamy white with golden iridescence. This is gorgeous. (vegan) Choose this if you want a neutral / slightly warm ethereal glow.

Urban Decay Luminous
Urban Decay Naked Illuminizer in Luminous
Urban Decay Naked Illuminizer in Luminous
Urban Decay Naked Illuminizer in Luminous

Urban Decay Naked Illuminizer in Luminous
This is shimmery champagne iridescent shimmer. The shimmer in this makes it workable on my skintone. (vegan) See my review. Choose this if you want a very shimmery warm highlight.

NARS Hot Sand
NARS Illuminator in Hot Sand
NARS Illuminator in Hot Sand
NARS Illuminator in Hot Sand

NARS Illuminator in Hot Sand
This is a shimmering warm highlight. It’s really too dark for me these days but still very pretty. See my review. Choose this if you’re N10 or darker and you want a shimmery warm highlight.

Cover FX Moonlight
Cover FX Illuminator in Moonlight
Cover FX Illuminator in Moonlight
Cover FX Illuminator in Moonlight

Cover FX Illuminator in Moonlight
This is a peachy shimmer. This is pretty subtle and I think it’s too dark for me these days. (vegan) See my review. Choose this if you’re around N10 or darker, and want a subtle warm highlight.

Becca Illuminator in Pearl
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl
This is an iridescent white. I’ve tried the liquid formula, which was too subtle for me. As you may or may not be able to tell from the swatch on my hand Pearl (and it’s sister liquid highlighters Champagne Gold and Opal) is extremely subtle, especially when compared to other highlighters on the back of my hand. Choose this if you want a subtle highlight.

The Pale Girl's Guide to Highlighting the Best Highlighters for Pale Skin
L to R – Moonlight – Hot Sand – Luminous – Power of the Fae – Candlelight Glow Duo – Lumi – Sugar Rush – Osteomancy – Craving – Copacabana – Pearl Dust
Highlighting Brushes
Highlighting Brushes

Real Techniques Sculpting Kit
I love my Real Techniques brushes for highlighting. I bought the Limited Edition Sculpting kit. I use the Setting brush to apply highlighter to my cheekbones, forehead and chin. I use the Fan brussh to blend my highlighter and blush.

bdellium 716 Smoky Eyeliner
I like to use this brush (or a brush shaped like this) to apply highlight to my cupid’s bow, under my eyebrows, or at the inner corner of my eye. Then I take my Goss 6 brush to blend the edges.

For all of the tutorial photos below I used Notoriously Morbid Osteomancy as my highlighter.

Highlight the Collarbone
Highlight the Collarbone
Highlight the Eyes
Highlight the Eyes
Highlight the Cupid's Bow
Highlight the Cupid’s Bow
Highlight the Forehead, Chin and bridge of the nose
Highlight the Forehead, Chin and bridge of the nose
C Shape Cheek Highlight
C Shape Cheek Highlight
Silly Highlight Face
Silly Highlight Face for you

The Pale Girl's Guide to Highlighting Before and After

The Pale Girl's Guide to Highlighting The Pale Girl's Guide to Highlighting

What I’m Wearing

  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Corrector in Mint
  • Too Faced Born This Way  Foundation in Snow
  • Paula’s Choice Hyaluronic Acid Booster
  • NARS Blush in Impassioned
  • Notoriously Morbid Highlighter in Osteomancy
  • NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder
  • Glossier Boy Brow in Black
  • Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks mixed together in I’m Royalty, Queen Supreme & Prom Night

When I’m highlighting, I always go for a C shape on the top of my cheekbones, around my outer upper brow. I also always highlight under the outer eyebrow and at the inner corner of the eye. If I want to go all out, I’ll also highlight the cupid’s bow above my mouth, down the center of my nose, the top of my chin, and the center of my forehead. You can also highlight on your collarbone for extra gorgeousness.

As you can tell from the photos, highlighting really makes a difference! If I’m in a hurry, I just do my eyes and cheekbones. Right now, my favorite highlighters are Pearl Dust, Copacabana, and Osteomancy. You can even layer Pearl Dust on top of Copacabana for extra gorgeousness.

Share your skintone & favorite highlighter below!

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