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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
This 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
Chrisette Michele wore Magnolia Makeup Illuminator in Glo to a press event.
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):
- 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).
Black-Owned Highlighter: All Dolled Up By Shana’s Amber Glow Highlighter, $18
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: Danessa Myricks’ Enlight Illuminators
Price Range: $20 Each; 11 Shades in Total
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.
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 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
Review: Skin Fetish 003 Golden Review
Paula Patton wore Pat McGrath’s Skin Fetish 003 in Golden for a press event.
Kenya Moore also adorned her cheeks with Pat McGrath’s Skin Fetish 003 in Golden for the ‘Gram.
Black-Owned Highlighters for the Body
Black-Owned Highlighter: REGEN THE BODY Bl!ng Me Baby! Body Bronzer, $25
Black-Owned Highlighters: Kaylux Vacation Body Highlighter, $26
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.