The Perfect Highlighters for Pale Skin

Over the past year highlighting has become a solid part of my routine to the point where my makeup just doesn’t feel complete without it. Although I have a reletively small collection compared to some, here are my top picks when it comes to highlighting a paler complexion…

Topshop Highlighter in Crescent Moon £12 

This is the first highlighter I ever owned and I think I did pretty well picking out something as beautiful as this. When swatched it looks quite garish, but used with a fan brush it offers a light peachy highlight with pink shimmer running through it. I love using this in the spring/ summer months to complete a pink makeup look. Admittedly this isn’t as finely milled as the rest of these picks and doesn’t last as long on the skin, but I still reach for it and love the fact the pink iridescent undertones make it a little different to the other highlighters I own.

TempleSpa Instant Radiance Booster* £30

Whenever I use this I fall back in love with it, it really is the ultimate spring/ summer must have for me. The shimmering gold liquid gives me the perfect glowing finish when mixed in with my foundations, aswel as working nicely worn to simply highlight the cheek bones. For special occasions I love blending a little bit of this on my collar bone too for some added glow. This is a really fab multiuse product and an easy way to wear a highlighter.

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer  £20

This was the highlighter that really started the addiction off. This is so worth the hype, and if you have pale skin you need it! It’s a beautiful, intense shimmering powder that isn’t too pink or golden but the perfect inbetween shade. Used with a light hand this offers that lit from within look, but you can also achieve a really intense highlight from this that looks equally as beautiful. The formulation is also perfect, no chunky bits of glitter insight! I can apply this at 6.30am and i’ll still be glowing 12 hours later. ps. this is currently on offer for £13.50 on Feelunique!

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle £24

Like the Mary-lou Manizer this is another staple for me. I seem to gravitate towards this for nights out/ evening makeup as the shimmering champagne finish is a little more intense. This also has a touch of pink/ peach which compliments pretty much any makeup look. The formulation and lasting power is also impressive, although I would expect that considering the price tag! If you’ve had this on your wishlist for a while, it’s definitely worth the investment.

BECCA Opal Glow on the Go Collection £20

I thought no other highlighter would compare to the Mary-lou manizer for me, but this blows my whole collection out of the water when it comes to the perfect everyday highlight. The Opal powder has such a buttery formulation it almost melts into the skin, offering a stunning natural looking glow. Combining both the liquid and powder highlight gives a more intense golden/ peach glow that works so well with a paler complexsion. I also love the liquid highlighter as it doesn’t interfere with my foundation/ base makeup and sits well over the top. Forget highlighting the high points, I wanna cover my whole face in this!

swatches from left to right: Soft and Gentle, Mary-lou Manizer, Crescent Moon, Opal powder, Temple Spa, Opal liquid

What’s your favourite highlighter?

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24 responses to “The Perfect Highlighters for Pale Skin”

  1. Danielle Alexa says:

    I have loved the MAC Soft & Gentle for so long, it even works really well on my really tanned skin!Danielle xx

  2. Laura Kroczek says:

    The TopShop Highlighter looks amazing! I'm absolutely loving the Highlighter that comes in the Makeup Revolution Contour Palette and the Mary-Lou Manizer! Xx

  3. Shireen L. Platt says:

    I am medium skin tone and I think I can get away with Opal! Definitely need to add it into my Becca collection.

  4. PetiteElliee says:

    I seriously struggle finding highlighters for my pale ass! This is so helpful http://www.petiteelliee.comEllie xx

  5. Jayd Alice says:

    I've never tried any of these but I have pale skin too so I've added some to my wishlist! Topshop Glow cream highlighter in Polished is my go-to at the minute, it's so easy to work with and it compliments my pale skin perfectly xAlways, Alice

  6. Laura P says:

    I love a good highlighter! My favourites are the Mary-Lou Manizer & Becca Champagne Pop. I've got my eye on Soft & Gentle at the moment (will probably splurge soon!) and Opal looks lovely too! xxLaura | Blush and Bronze

  7. Kate Rose xo says:

    I have pale skin and so am always looking for a good highlighter to suit me! The topshop one sounds amazing, I'd love to try it. XKate//

  8. Ariadna Morell says:

    I really want to try the Becca Opal Glow, I've only used powdered highlighters so far but liquid sounds great! xAriadna || RAWR BOWS

  9. Liz says:

    I love The Balm one! I'll have to check out the BECCA one though, it looks gorgeous!xo, Liz

  10. Kathryn Williams says:

    I love the sound of the Temple Spa option! Kathryn /Cherries in the Snow

  11. Caterina Sosso says:

    I'm obsessed with highlighters too and I think Sleek is smashing it a(and they so affordable!). Looking forward to summer, when I will be a liiitle bit tanned ahah I'm so fed up of this pale-ghost-skin!!Caterina |

  12. Gemma Louise says:

    Becca Opal sounds fab! Also love the look of Crescent Moon, I've been wanting to pick up a Topshop highlighter for aaaaages! xGemma Louise

  13. h says:

    I've heard so many good things about The Balm highlighter! Thanks so much for telling me it was on offer, off to go buy! xxHannah |

  14. Amber Gregory says:

    MAC soft and gentle is a must for me!! Also, Benefit High Beam gives off a similar colour, but of course is in liquid form!

  15. Rhi Liquorish says:

    They all look so beautiful. I really need to get Soft and Gentle! xxRhi |

  16. Erin Azmir says:

    mary lou is my go-to everyday highlighter. i love it so much! x

  17. The Makeup Directory says:

    As a pale girl, I'm all over your picks! Love Soft & Gentle and Mary Lou! I just got Becca Moonstone though (which I love) but not sure I can justify another becca highlighter JUST yet haha.The Makeup Directory

  18. Ana says:

    I don't usually use highlighters but I'd love to try the Topshop one xxx

  19. Lucy Alice says:

    These are all gorgeous – I'm such a big fan of mac's soft & gentle, I've never thought about buying a topshop highlighter, must try one!Lucy | Forever September

  20. Lauren says:

    I prefer powder highlighters if I'm honest, the mac one has been on my wishlist for a while and I really like the crescent moon shade. Lauren x Huggled

  21. Jenn says:

    Mary Lou-manizer is such a classic! She's still one of my favorite highlighters.Jenn │ Beauty by Jellybean

  22. Charlotte Lane says:

    Mary Lou-Manizer is honestly one of T H E best highlighters out there, in my opinion! I also love my BECCA Champagne Pop highlighter, so I'm looking to purchase another BECCA highlighter very soon – Opal looks great 🙂 I am so obsessed with highlighters it's unreal, I can't go any makeup day without applying any!xoChar |

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  24. Amanda says:

    Nice Post! You are sharing great highlighters for pale skin. I really like this article and found very helpful for me. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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