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Highlighters For Every Skin Tone For 2023: Top Tips



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Incorporating a highlighter into your makeup routine isn’t as simple as prettying up your skin with a streak of glitter. There’s an art to selecting one – and it’s all dependent on the tone of your skin. It’s pretty simple. A certain colour flatters your complexion, and another doesn’t. How do you whittle your highlighter game to absolute perfection? It’s advisable to pick a colour that’s two shades lighter than your skin tone. Your highlighter of choice must blend in seamlessly with the rest of your makeup. Here’s a guide on selecting the best highlighter for face that compliments your skin

Highlighters for Every Skin Tone for 2023: The Basics  

Highlighters are a makeup essential that can really take your look to the next level. If you’re not familiar with what they are, they’re basically shimmery products that you apply to certain areas of your face to create a glowy, luminous effect

So why should you use a highlighter? Well, for starters, they can really benefit your face by accentuating your features and adding dimension. By applying highlighter to the high points of your face, like your cheekbones, brow bone, and cupid’s bow, you can create the illusion of higher cheekbones and a more defined face shape

Plus, a highlighter can add a youthful and healthy glow to your skin, making you look more awake and radiant. And the best part? There are highlighters for every skin tone, so you can find one that complements your unique complexion. So go ahead and add a little shimmer to your makeup routine – your face will thank you! 

Highlighters for Every Skin Tone for 2023  

Here are different highlighters according to different skin tones that you can choose from.  

1. Fair to very fair skin tones 

Reinstate your glow by brushing your skin with a touch of silver — hues of silver, married with a lighter complexion, reward you with the coveted all-natural glow. Even lilac, pink, and icy undertones blend in well. Stray away from shades of bronze and copper. Keep in mind that the goal is to simply enhance your look. Opt for cooler-toned highlighters in this case. The Lakmé Absolute Liquid Highlighter – Ivory is the best face highlighter for fair skin. It will tie your look together flawlessly. A pink or nude lip will make for a flattering look. 

2. Fair to medium skin tones 

Opt for highlighters with golden or peach undertones. You can choose to sweep a dash of a champagne-pigmented highlighter on your skin too. Warm-toned highlighters are ideal. Stray away from pearlescent, icy shades. The Lakmé Absolute Liquid Highlighter – Rose Gold is the best face highlighter for medium skin. It was formulated keeping in mind the warmth of this tone. Combine this highlighter with orange-tinted lips or highlight the inner corners of your eyes with a shade of orange. Play it up! 

3. Medium to deep skin tones 

Try looking for warmer shades like gold and bronze. You can try mixing a shade of peach with your bronzer to achieve a warm-toned look that compliments your complexion. Instead of mixing products, try the Lakmé Liquid Absolute Highlighter – Bronze. It’s the best face highlighter for dark skin and is extremely pigmented – just apply it over your skin once, and voila! 

Tips on How to Choose Highlighters for Every Skin Tone for 2023  

We’ve got you covered with some tips on how to choose the best highlighter for face according to your skin tone. 

1. Determine your skin’s undertone 

The first step in choosing the best highlighter for face is to consider your skin’s undertone. Undertone is the underlying colour of your skin, and it can be cool, warm, or neutral. To determine your skin’s undertone, look at the veins on your wrist. If they appear blue, you have cool undertones, and if they appear green, you have warm undertones. If you can’t tell, you may have neutral undertones. 

If you have cool undertones, look for highlighters with a silvery or icy hue. These shades will complement your skin tone and give you a fresh, luminous look. If you have warm undertones, opt for highlighters with a golden or peachy tint. These shades will add warmth to your complexion and create a natural-looking glow. 

2. Choose a shade that is one or two shades lighter than your skin tone 

When choosing the best highlighter for face, you want to select a shade that’s one or two shades lighter than your skin tone. This will give you a natural-looking glow without looking too harsh or overdone. If you have fair skin, go for highlighters with pink or champagne undertones. If you have medium skin, try highlighters with golden or bronze undertones. If you have deep skin, look for highlighters with copper or bronze undertones to add warmth and radiance to your complexion. 

3. Experiment with different formulas 

Highlighters come in different formulas, such as powder, cream, and liquid. Each formula has its own pros and cons, and it’s important to find the one that works best for your skin type and desired effect. Powder highlighters are easy to apply and work well for oily skin, while cream and liquid highlighters are hydrating and work well for dry skin. Experiment with different formulas to find the one that works best for you. 

Finding the perfect highlighter for your skin tone can be a game-changer in your makeup routine. With the right shade and formula, highlighters can enhance your natural beauty, give you a radiant glow, and make you feel more confident. So go ahead and experiment with different shades and formulas to find the highlighter that works best for you! 

FAQs about Highlighters for Every Skin Tone for 2023   

How do I apply a highlighter? 

To apply a highlighter, start by selecting a shade that complements your skin tone and undertone. Then, use a small, fluffy brush to apply the highlighter to the high points of your face, such as your cheekbones, brow bone, and cupid’s bow. Blend the highlighter in with your fingers or a blending sponge for a seamless finish. 

How much highlighter should I use? 

A little goes a long way when it comes to highlighter. Start with a small amount and build up the intensity as desired. Avoid applying too much highlighter, as this can look too shiny or accentuate fine lines and texture on the skin. 

Can I use a highlighter if I have oily skin? 

Yes, you can still use a highlighter if you have oily skin. Opt for a powder formula, as this will help absorb excess oil and create a matte finish. Avoid using a highlighter on areas of your face that are prone to oiliness, such as your T-zone, and focus on applying it to the high points of your face instead. 


NuFace Just ‘Supercharged’ Its Cult-Fave Facial Lifting Device for Even More Power





You’ve heard us tell you all about NuFace, the FDA-cleared facial toning device. We’re big fans over here. Each of the brand’s devices gives your face a tighter, more lifted look as long as you stay consistent with it at home. And now, NuFace just enhanced its results with all-new skincare meant to be used with the device of your choosing. To wit, the MINI+ Supercharged Skincare Routine is the same NuFace MINI+ you know and love but it comes with this new skincare to take the guesswork out of what products to use. And did we mention it comes in a cute new blue color?

NuFace sets always have the best value, costing often more than $100 less than if you bought each item separately. The MINI+ Supercharged Skincare Routine includes the travel-friendly MINI+ in the exclusive color and the new Supercharged IonPlex Mist formulated with glacial water and ions for even better microcurrent results and increased hydration. There’s also the Aqua Gel Activator to lock in the moisture and the Clean Sweep Brush for mess-free application, plus the exclusive Jelly Skincare Bag for storage.

The kit has a $319 value but only retails for $245. Plus, when you spend $245, you get a free full-size Super Vita-C Booster Serum (a $65 value).


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Now, if you already have the MINI+, you can grab the new Supercharged IonPlex Mist ($45 at NuFace) on its own. Use it to make your face-lifting and wrinkle-reducing results even better, but also throughout the day for a hit of moisture. It contains niacinamide and ceramides to hydrate and plump skin.


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If you’re looking for an even stronger microcurrent and quicker result, the TRINITY+ Supercharged Skincare Routine features the new skincare and the TRINITY+ with the Boost Button. That means  25 more microcurrent on areas you need extra tone, lift, and contour. The set has a value of $509 but retails for $395 (plus you still get that free full-size Super Vita-C Booster Serum.)


TRINITY+ Supercharged Skincare Routine $395

NuFace kits sell out quickly (the TRINITY+ and Wrinkle Reducer Attachment and TRINITY+ Complete Set are both out of stock!) so grab one while you can.

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Self-Proclaimed ‘Makeup Snobs’ Who Swear By Dior Love This $9 Concealer That ‘Takes Years Off’ Your Face




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There are many concealers out there that promise to hide your dark circles, but few are actually able to complete the task. Sometimes under-eye concealers can be cake-y and crack, making your dark circles more noticeable and your failure in an attempt to cover it up more obvious. Luckily, there is a concealer out there that’s up for the task — and it’s currently on sale. The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser has a bold name and makes big promises, but according to Amazon reviewers, it actually delivers.

Maybelline boasts that it can turn back time (at least temporarily), and reviewers agree. For context, if a product has 2,000 ratings on Amazon, that’s generally considered good. Maybelline’s under-eye concealer has a stunning 172,000 ratings and a 4.4-star rating.

The under-eye concealer is infused with Haloxyl, which are peptides that brighten your skin and thicken it. Think about how thin the skin of your under-eye area is, and that ingredient makes perfect sense in a concealer.


Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser
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Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser$8.80, originally $10.99 on


This reviewer had tried many luxurious, higher-end concealers—$20-30—to try to obscure her dark circles and found this drugstore pick did the job much better. “This little gem is great,” She wrote. “I use this concealer every day instead of all my high-end brand concealers. It’s full coverage, buildable, lasts all day, not drying and not too liquidy. I’m so happy I gave this a try, will definitely be keeping this baby in my every day makeup bag.”

Another shopper added that this is a “failproof fixer,” saying, “I don’t wear a lot of makeup but a concealer sure comes in handy for a quick fresher look, especially after Covid… I give it a 5 star rating without hesitation.”RELATED STORYAmazon Reviewers Claim This Retinol Cream Works Just As Well As Expensive Serums & It’s On Sale for $17

The final shopper we’re going to mention simply said: “Over 60 & this product takes YEARS off!” So of course, we were intrigued and we saw they said, “I’ve always had dark under eye circles and it’s always a challenge to find a concealer that covers it. This product works like no other PLUS softens and smooths fine lines and wrinkles! Lasts all day… LOVE IT!!!”

The concealer even has a special cushion tip to ensure that you get a streak-free look. This concealer isn’t only for under-eyes either, if you need to hide a blemish, erase some redness or blur a few fine lines, you can use this same product. Many makeup enthusiasts on TikTok use this concealer to contour.

It normally costs $10.99, but right now some shades are as low as $8, so it’s definitely worth adding this fan-favorite product to your cart.

This concealer comes in 16 different shades, so you should be able to find the perfect match to your skin tone. In addition to the skin-tone-colored concealers, there are Brightener and Neutralizer options if you need a little extra help.

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14 Studded French Manicures Trending for Spring

Instagram and TikTok are home to dozens of trending nail art ideas, and one of the most popular looks these days is none other than the studded French manicure.





It’s exactly as it sounds: A French manicure with stud accents, which come in many forms—from rhinestones to pearls to sequins and more. If you love to shake up a classic French mani and are looking to go even bolder than a new color or design variation, adding bling like this is the solution you’ll want to try ASAP. Ahead, find 14 studded French manicure ideas to help inspire your next nail look.

While many studded French manicures feature rhinestones or pearls, this beauty shakes things up with heart-shaped gems in coordinating colors with the tips. To sum it up: We’re obsessed.

Whether you’re looking for a festive nail look fit for a specific occasion or simply love the color green, this glittery studded French mani will make you swoon. We adore the different sizes of nail gems, which give the design an especially whimsical appeal.

Iridescent nails are trending on social media, which makes these shimmery, cool-toned studded French tips that much more of a must. Swapping your go-to clear or neutral base for the reflective shade creates a brand-new look that will have everyone doing double-takes.

This metallic gold studded French mani is a stunning option for the astrology-obsessed, chrome lovers, and anyone who wants their nails to have main character energy. This mani is so pretty, we’d happily wear it year-round.

Love the idea of incorporating color into your mani but want to maintain classic French tips? Opt for colorful studs instead for a bejeweled moment that instantly sparks joy.

6. Studded Glitter French Tips

How gorgeous are these glittery silver French tips? The stars and gemstones here take the look over the top for what we’re dubbing the ultimate party mani.

7. Pearl Studded French Tips

Another way to rock studded nails is with pearls, which pair beautifully here with silver French tips. To recreate the look, start with the Lights Lacquer Nail Polish ($11) in the shade Adaline for the base. Then, use a silver polish of your choice to perfect your tips. (The Orly Half Moon Guides, $6, will help.) To complete the look, use the Lights Lacquer 3D Pearl Nail Stickers ($7).

8. Chrome Studs

Considering the popularity of chrome nails right now, this studded French manicure stands out for all the right reasons. To recreate the look, use OPI’s Nail Lacquer in the shades Bare My Soul ($14) and Onyx Skies ($12). Complete the look with chrome studs, like the ones in the Artquee 660-Piece Clear Black Sparkly Bling Nail Art Kit ($9).

9. Black Studded French Mani

For a cosmic take on the studded French manicure trend, consider working with a black, white, and gold palette for your nails. Instead of white French tips, confine the light color to pearl studs.

10. Star Studded French Tips

It’s more than possible create the appearance of a studded nail look without rhinestones or pearls. The trick is to have some kind of accent that adds a touch of texture and depth. Here, nail artist Melanie Graves used Pleasing’s Nail Polish ($20) in Perfect Pearl and Pearly Tops with star sequins to complete the look.

11. Wavy Studded French Tips

Into the idea of trying out the studded French manicure trend, but prefer more of a mismatched nail look? This abstract wavy French manicure will be an instant hit. Plus, that silver glitter polish used for the design is absolutely stunning.

12. Ballerina Pink Studded French Mani

Balletcore is still going strong on TikTok, which means this ballerina pink studded French manicure is an obvious choice. For a similar look, use Essie’s Nail Polish ($10) in the much-beloved Ballet Slippers shade as the base, and Sugar Daddy for the tips.

13. Negative Space Studded French Mani

While most studded French manis have the same base design, this one switches things up with an added negative space element at the cuticle—and we’re here for it.

14. Studded Gemstone French Mani

From the almond shape and classic palette to the mix of clear and holographic gemstones, there’s so much to love about this studded French mani.

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