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Black-Owned Highlighters for Deeper Skin Tones

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This compilation of black-owned highlighters for deeper skin tones has been in draft for a spell. At first, I wanted to showcase great highlighters that looked beyond on brown and dark skin tones. If you follow any makeup Instagram accounts, then you know luminizers are, well, lit (pun intended).

Inspired, I decided to make a quick list identifying highlighters from black-owned businesses. Every entry featured is on my shopping list. My roundup is quite small, but our fellow entrepreneurs are launching new beauty businesses daily. It’s only a matter of time before I can provide a more impressive list of glow-getters.

Staying faithful to my focus on black celebrity beauty, I have also included stars. These beauties are modeling glistening cheekbones on Instagram, at various events, and at photo shoots. By the end of 2016, I hope to have more products for your consideration. I always light up when I see black celebrity women supporting black-owned businesses!

But for now, see how your celebrity skin twin glows up while supporting black. This list is organized by price so you can patronize within your price range/budget:

Updated: 15 February 2017

Black-Owned Highlighters for the Face

Black-Owned Highlighters: Lena Lashes Lemonade Highlighter Palette

Price Range: $10

lena-lashes-lemonade-highlighter-paletteThis budget-friendly highlighter palette from Lena Lashes boasts four shades – Bikini, Lemonade, Pool Party and Sweetie Pie – and is the perfect introduction into the world of strobing. I get excited when I stumble across palettes from black-owned makeup brands – don’t you?

Black-Owned Highlighters: Magnolia Makeup Illuminating Powders

Price Range: $15-20 Each; 8 Shades in Total

Magnolia Makeup Illuminator in Glo, $15

Review: Magnolia Makeup: Soul Glow and Gilded Swatches

Chrisette Michele wore Magnolia Makeup Illuminator in Glo to a press event.

Chrisette Michele wears Magnolia Glo

Black-Owned Highlighters: KoyVoca Hi-Life Highlighter Powders

Price Range: $12 Each; 5 in Total

Review: KOYVOCA Swatch and Review

Although not currently embracing the cheekbones of a celeb (yet), koyVoca Cosmetics has an affordable range of five warm-toned Hi-Life Highlighter Powders at $12 a compact. Check out swatches (courtesy of the site):

Black-owned highlighters: koyVoca Hi-Life Highlighter Powders in Liquid Gold, Phoenix, Goddess Olivia, Heir, and Instant Replay

koyVoca Hi-Life Highlighter Powders in Liquid Gold, Phoenix, Goddess Olivia, Heir, and Instant Replay

  • Liquid Gold – a bold gold
  • Phoenix – an orange
  • Goddess Olivia – a bronze gold
  • Heir – a silvery gold with a touch of pink
  • Instant Replay – a mixture of pink, yellow gold, and shimmer (Contains Carmine)

I’m currently downsizing my makeup collection in preparation for a fresh start in Hawaii, but these are definitely on my list, along with highlighting pigments from XXIOMORA.

Black-Owned Highlighters: XXIOMORA Liquid Illuminators, $15

Price Range: $15 Each; 4 in Total

XXIOMORA Cosmetics is another black-owned beauty brand with glimmering goodies. Their current offerings include four multipurpose liquid illuminators in Habana (bronze), Island Blush (rose gold), Aurous Beach (gold), and Pearlescent (pearl).

XXIOMORA Liquid Illuminators

Black-Owned Highlighter: All Dolled Up By Shana’s Amber Glow Highlighter, $18

Lippies by Shana's Amber Glow Highlighter

Face by Shana’s Amber Glow Highlighter

Another one! I stumbled across Face By Shana’s Amber Glow Highlighter by accident. At the time of this post, this was the only highlighter Shana had for sale. Hopefully, she will have a variety of highlighters very soon. This one is also on my list.

Black-Owned Highlighters: Damone Roberts’ Brow Highlighters

Price Range: $20 Each; 4 Shades in Total

Damone Roberts’ Gold Digger Brow Highlighter (Gold Shimmer)

As worn by Loren Dixon for a photoshoot

Black-owned highlighters: Loren Dixon wears Damone Roberts

Black-Owned Highlighters: Danessa Myricks’ Enlight Illuminators

Price Range: $20 Each; 11 Shades in Total

Review: Danessa Myricks’ Enlight Illuminators

Danessa Myricks’ Enlight Illuminator in Attraction, $20 (Warm Bronze Champagne)

Cynthia Bailey wore Danessa Myrics’ Enlight Illuminator in Attraction at the Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 8 reunion.

Black-owned highlighters: Cynthia Bailey Danessa Lyrics Enlight Illuminator in Attraction_188

 Danessa Myricks’ Enlight Illuminator in Confidence, $20 (Warm Yellow Gold)

June Ambrose wore Danessa Myricks’ Enlight Illuminator in Confidence at Naomi Campbell’s book signing event.

Black-owned highlighters: June Ambrose Danessa Myricks Enlight Illuminator in Confidence_109

 Black-Owned Highlighter: Kami Cosmetics Hi-Lighter Kits Line

Price Range: $37.50 Each; 2 Collections in Total


Luxury beauty brand Kami Cosmetics entered the highlighter game with two multipurpose highlighting palettes: I’m Soho Glam – Blush & Hi-lighter Kit and Sunset Boulevard Hi-lighter Kit. The shades in both offerings are marketed as “ultra-lightweight” and “velvety” with a light shimmering finish.

Black-Owned Highlighters: Pat McGrath’s Skin Fetish 003 Line (limited edition)

Price Range: $72 Each; 2 Shades in Total

Pat McGrath’s Skin Fetish 003 in Golden, $72

Review: Skin Fetish 003 Golden Review

Paula Patton wore Pat McGrath’s Skin Fetish 003 in Golden for a press event.

Black-owned highlighters: Paula Patton in Pat McGrath Skin Fetish 003 in Golden_90

Kenya Moore also adorned her cheeks with Pat McGrath’s Skin Fetish 003 in Golden for the ‘Gram.

Black-owned highlighters: Kenya Moore Pat McGrath Skin Fetish 003 in Golden

Black-Owned Highlighters for the Body

Black-Owned Highlighter: REGEN THE BODY Bl!ng Me Baby! Body Bronzer, $25

Marjorie Harvey wore REGEN THE BODY Bl!ng Me Baby! Body Bronzer as a highlighter in an Instagram moment.Black-owned highlighters: Marjorie Harvey wears REGEN THE BODY Bl!ng Me Baby! Body Bronzer_133

Black-Owned Highlighters: Kaylux Vacation Body Highlighter, $26

Review: Kaylux Cosmetics Highlighters + Body Highlighter Review

Kaylux Cosmetics Vacation Body Highlighter

Kaylux Cosmetics’s Vacation Body Highlighter is a dazzling concoction of five natural body oils: sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, rosehip oil, argan oil, and vitamin E oil. For best results, you should shake the bottle before using. Furthermore, you should apply the oil after getting dressed to avoid staining clothing, especially white outfits.

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