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5 universal highlighters that are suitable for all skin tones

Nothing like a dust of highlighter on the cheekbones for that pop of glow. For the past few years, bronzers were always on considered as No.1 must-have makeup thanks to Kim Kardashian‘s extravagant contouring — also because who does not want to have structured facial features. Then we start to see the light (literally), and highlighters soon take over as everyone’s latest makeup obsession.

It was in 2017 when everything began to revolve around strobing and looking ethereal — and with highlighters, many were able to achieve that desired look. In the early stages, highlighters only came in white or pearly vanilla shades. That indeed nailed the job but people with darker skin tones found that it was too light and patchy on their skin tone.

Beauty brands then hopped onto the bandwagon and released more shades. Popular universal highlighters now are mostly with peachy undertones that complement all skin tones. That soon catapults major makeup brands to release even more outstandingly complementary shades, such as luminescent purple, silver and gold.

Don’t panic over the different undertones and shades. We’ve listed down five universal highlighters that are suitable for all skin tones to make your life (and makeup) a lot easier and on point.

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Becca's Shimmering Skin Perfector

A 2015 release, Champagne Pop shade is one of the first universal highlighters to hit the market. Thanks to its peachy hue, the highlighter neutralises the skin’s own undertones and brightens up your complexion.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop, RM183


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Fenty Beauty's Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter Duo

Not for those who want a subtle glow, this limited-edition highlighter from Fenty Beauty has a foil-like finish that will shine brightly in any condition. It is buildable, with colour-rich luminisers that are suitable for all skin tones.

Fenty Beauty’s Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter Duo in 7DayWknd/Poolside

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Stila's Heaven Hue Highlighter

Stila’s iconic shade: Kitten is a shimmering nude pink that brightens any skin tone. The bouncy-to-the-touch texture allows the product to melt into the skin for a barely-there feel so it looks natural as if your skin is illuminating from within.

Stila Heaven Hue Highlighter in Kitten, RM130 (approx. conversion)

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NARS' Orgasm Illuminator

NARS’ best-selling shade Orgasm is best known to be a universal shade. This coral pink with shimmering effects is also available in a liquid illuminator texture that can be applied anywhere. The collection of light-reflecting liquids glide onto the skin and enhances the complexion, almost instantly.

NARS’ Orgasm Illuminator, price upon request

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Tom Ford Beauty Illuminator

This illuminator by Tom Ford has an apricot pink shade that flatters every skin tone. It creates a translucent glow once applied, looking as if the skin is bathed in evening summer light. The highly micronised pearls diffuse light for a naturally enhanced sunkissed look, while moisturises the skin at the same time.

Tom Ford Beauty Illuminator, RM198

5 universal highlighters that are suitable for all skin tones

Jolin Lee


Unlike most modern-day millennials, Jolin does not need caffeine or alcohol to power through the day (and night). Her eye for beauty is as sharp as her eyeliner flick, and she can spot your unblended eye makeup from a mile away.

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