Choosing the right highlighter for you is crucial, especially if you’re the type to generally go for a brighter makeup look. This one product can make or break an entire face depending on how it looks on your face. That said, on top of the challenge of finding a highlighter that looks right, it’s also a challenge for Asian people to find the right product/s because of differences in climate and environment compared to people in the West who develop plenty of these products, so not every single product is suited in this different environment.
That said, there are quite a number of highlighters out there that look and, more importantly, perform great on Asian skin. Here are seven of them:
Starting off with a nice little drugstore product, e.l.f. Cosmetics’ Long Wear Baked Highlighter is quite a revelation for such a tiny pan of product. There might be some difficulty getting this stuff to work at first, but once you do, it works like a dream. It provides just the right level of intensity to work as a daytime as well as a nighttime concealer, and the colors of the highlights make the skin look nice and glowy.
This product is probably the least accessible product on this list. The Amrezy Highlighter is a collaboration between Anastasia Beverly Hills and internet personality Amrezy. This highlighter received plenty of hype before it dropped—but managed to deliver on the crazy. This product looks beautiful on the skin, and delivers fantastic wear time, ensuring for a smooth all-day application. It’s a shame this product is just so difficult to track down these days because it truly is a great highlighter.
The only cream product on this list, the Strobe Cream from MAC Cosmetics not only feels great on the skin but is also particularly versatile as a product. Whether used as a primer, to add some luminosity to an otherwise duller foundation or to highlight (or “strobe”) the high points of the face, we love that there’s so much you can do with this product. But as a highlighter, the performance is also great, giving plenty of shine without being overwhelming or harsh. Check this product out if you’re looking for something that you can get plenty of mileage out of.
Palettes that are fully composed of highlighters are not as commonplace as one might think, even with the recent demand for highlighter products on the market. This is what makes the Strobe of Genius Highlighting Palette really stand out as a product. This set from NYX Cosmetics has various shades for one to play with, which can be quite delightful when you’re really the experimental type. Even if we’re not completely sold on how universally flattering all of the shades, we still think that for the price of this product, you get value aplenty.
We are huge supporters of the Fenty Beauty by American celebrity Rihanna because the quality of their products is always top-notch. The same can be said for their Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter. One of the most beautiful qualities of this line is that its different shades cater to a variety of skin tones, which the brand is very much known for. That said, this is quite an intense highlighting experience (that’s also very long-wearing) so it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. But if that’s what you’re seeking in your highlighter, this is definitely one to seek out for your looks.
The signature quality of any BECCA Cosmetics product is its ability to impart a healthy glow upon one’s skin, so it’s no surprise that this product made it onto this list. The Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed Highlighter is one of the brand’s flagship products, and we totally get why. This product’s level of luminosity is absolutely unparalleled, and it’s this quality that has truly allowed it to become a beloved highlighter in the makeup collections of many.
This is, hands down, one of the best products we’ve ever had the pleasure of picking up from the drugstore. The FaceStudio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter is such a fantastic highlighter, both in terms of intensity and wear time. This highlighter from Maybelline provides a burst of luminosity—perfect for the day time or the evening. And the cherry on top of the cake? The product is so readily available, especially in the Asian market, and it’s quite inexpensive as well!