The Best Highlighter for Dark Skin

Komal Basith

I love the idea of a highlighter but most of the ones I’ve tried end up looking really obvious on my skin. What’s a good highlighter for darker skin?

That’s a very valid question, especially since most brands that make highlighters seem to have overlooked dark skin, on which the regular pink-y, frosty hightlighers just look ashy, which is the exact opposite of what you’re going for! There are still a couple that work well on deeper skin tones, like RMS Beauty’s Living Luminizer. It is perhaps the most beautiful highlighter out there – it’s pricey, but totally worth it. It melts into skin and gives it that lit from within glow that’ll have people asking you what you’re doing different, and looksamazing on darker skin tones.

I have dark armpits – what can I do about this? Will a whitening deodorant help?

I hate to break it to you, but ‘whitening’ deodorants don’t do much besides claim to work. They’re usually caused by shaving and by the skin rubbing against rough fabrics. The best way to treat them is with a formula that contains hydroquinone, something only a dermatologist can prescribe – in the meanwhile, try using a new razor every two or three shaves to minimize further damage.

Are cleansing wipes as effective as washing your face? Sometimes I’m too tired to go through the whole routine when when I get home at the end of a long day.

Cleansing wipes are technically as effective as cleansers, especially if they’ve been saturated with a cleansing oil instead of an alcohol-rich solution that will dry your skin out over the long term. Having said that, they cannot (and shouldn’t) replace a thorough face cleanse; save them for days when you’re especially tired or on a super late night, but stick to your cleanse-tone-moisturise routine as much as you can. I’ve been stashing Dermalogica’s Precleanse Wipes by my bed for when I get home late on the weekend. They’re gentle, non-greasy and best of all, remove even waterproof makeup, which is great because nobody likes waking up with panda eyes!


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