The highlighter every fair-skinned woman should use

It sounds strange, but it’s got the pro tick of approval

Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / May 25 2017

There’s no doubt that highlighters have become the makeup bag staple of 2016, and we have a feeling they’re not going anywhere in 2017, either.

The problem with highlighters and illuminators, however, is that they don’t always do their magic on very pale skin. The always-popular golden, champagne and peachy highlighter shades end up coming across as too warm or chalky on fair skin tones.

As it turns out, there’s actually an unexpected beauty product that might just be the answer to achieving perfectly highlighted cheekbones on fair skin. According to makeup artist, Elsa Morgan, purple colour correctors can be used to highlight and strobe the face for those with paler skin tones.

Traditionally, purple colour correctors are applied underneath base makeup and used to neutralise yellow or sallow skin tones that appear dull, however, Morgan says if applied on top of your foundation or BB cream “the purple hue visually brightens and counterbalances the skin”, making it appear highlighted and radiant.

For best results, Morgan recommends using your fingers or a damp BeautyBlender to blend the product over “areas of the face you want to brighten, so the tops of the cheekbones, bridge of the nose and Cupid’s bow.” Once the product has melted into the skin, an opalescent effect is left, providing a subtle glow that leaves the complexion looking natural and dewy.

TOP TIP: Make sure to use only a very small amount of product and blend for a sheer veil-like effect

It’s important to note that while this technique works wonders for those with fair skin, it won’t deliver impressive results if you have a medium or darker skin tones, as the lighter purple shade will appear ashy and unnatural. If you’re looking to give this method a go, we’d recommend Becca Backlight Targeted Colour Corrector in Violet, Urban Decay Naked Skin Colour Correcting Fluid in Lavender and NYX Cosmetics Concealer Jar in Lavender.

Becca Backlight Targeted Colour Corrector in Violet

Urban Decay Naked Skin Colour Correcting Fluid in Lavender

NYX Cosmetics Concealer Jar in Lavender

For more information on how to perfect a radiant and glowing makeup look, check out our essential guide to highlighting.

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Kate started working for BEAUTYcrew in early 2016, first as a contributor, and was then named Beauty Writer in 2017. She loves picking the brains of the industry's top experts to get to the bottom of beauty's toughest questions. Bronze eyeshadow palettes are her weakness and she's forever on the hunt for the perfect nude nail polish to suit her fair skin. Her words can also be found in Men's Health magazine, and she now works in PR.