10 Best Highlighters for Indian Skin Tones: Powder and Liquid


Top 10 Highlighters and Illuminators for Fair, Medium, Dark Indian Skin Tones with Prices

By Contributor: Uzma

My philosophy about life goes like Highlight your happy days, conceal the melancholy. Eventually Highlighted days will take over the sorrow and you will forget that you ever had one. Makeup follows the same rule. Highlighter or Illuminator is a miracle product which can be used in multiple ways. Just a tiny dot of highlighter can do magic for your face makeup.  I have listed ten Highlighters which are making waves in Indian market and they are available easily as well. I have included both powder and liquid highlighters which dry skin and oily skin girls can choose respectively. Also both budget and high end options are mentioned.

Highlighting particularly needs a little practice. It’s applied on the highest part of cheekbones, just above where you apply the blush. That is the place where your face catches light. Except that, it is also applies at the inner corners of eyes, brow bones, bridge of your nose and collar bones. We have a detailed step by step tutorial with pictures of how to apply it if you are a beginner.

List of Top 10 Highlighters in India:

Lakme absolute Moon Lit Highlighter:


Lakme’s Absolute range was really a savior for its deteriorating image. Every product in this range is loved. The Moon Lit highlighter is perfect for warm skin tones and gives an ethereal glow. It is really pigmented and its decent finish makes it comfortable for day time as well. Just dust off the shimmer when you open the pan to reveal the gorgeous illuminator. Price in India: Rs.600

Bobby Brown Shimmer Brick:


Shimmer Brick from Bobby Brown come in a pack of five different yet complimentary shades. You can use shades individually or just take them all at once and swipe. It gives gorgeous glow to the face. Not to forget that it’s a multi-tasking product as well. It works as a blush, eye shadow and highlighter. Love, love, love. If shimmer isn’t your thing then you can use it as a nigh time illuminator. Revlon and Colorbar have good dupes of it if you are on a budget. Price in India: around Rs.2450

Revlon Skinlights Face Illuminator:


This thing is a boon for beginners as being in liquid form it gives proper control on the product. Revlon Skinlights is available in three versatile shade so you can choose one according to your complexion. Great option for dry skin girls. Price in India: Rs.850

Chambor Light and Sheer Skin Highlighter:


I give bonus points to products which take care of the warm skin tone of us Indian Girls. Chambor has got it right. This liquid highlighter has subtle shimmer which is perfect for using beneath the foundation or as a highlighter. If you love the natural “glow” then this is the best option for you. Again a good option for dry skin. Price in India: Rs.1295

Colorbar Radiant Glow Face Illuminator Pen:


Illuminator pens are a thing these days. They give a control over product and easy to carry. This highlighter has runny consistency but doesn’t give any harsh lines and blends in a luminous glow. The pen mechanism takes a little time to pump out the product but at this price we cant complain. Price in India: Rs.475

The Body Shop Radiant Highlighter:


Use this product if you want to achieve that healthy, natural looking glow. It’s very subtle on skin. So you won’t be afraid to try it out and mixing it with foundation or moisturizer will give you that celebrity wali feeling.

Inglot AMC Face and Body Illuminator:


This highlighter by Inglot is available in 7 shades, so all complexions with different skin tones can find something suitable. Also can be used on legs and neck. Shade 63 particularly has golden pearlescent molecules which goes like a dream with Indian dark skin tone. Price in India: Rs.1350

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Soft and Gentle:


It is a powder highlighter. It has great pigmentation, which means little is more. Also, it blends like butter (or dream, I like butter better! It literally brightens up the skin. What else are you waiting for? Grab it, if you want to splurge! One of the best highlighters in India. Price in India: Rs.1800

Coloressence Shimmer Highlighter:


Here comes the budget product to take care of your fear of wasting money on wrong makeup. It’s just too good for the money you pay. It also doubles as a body highlighter. It’s available in various shades. Price in India: Rs.375

Benefit Watt’s up soft focus Highlighter:


First Benefit’s Mascara, then their lip and cheek tint and now this highlighter has stolen my heart! (sigh) It gives your face the softest gleam so that you can simply turn your face and simply pout. (click) Another lovely factor is that it comes in a retractable packaging so it’s neat. Also in competition are the other highlighters from Benefit: High Beam and Girl Meets Pearl. Price in India: around Rs.2000.

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Which is your favourite highlighter for face? Share your reviews with us.



  1. Beautiful compilation. I love the revlon Shimmer brick n colorbar pen highlighter.
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  2. great compilation dear!
    i want MAC MSF in my life asap :-P
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  3. my fav highlight has to be soft and gentle by mac…love that stuff!
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  4. Just what I needed to read today!
    I am very close to buying the Body Shop Radiant Highlighter..but now I see the MAC Mineralize Skinsoft looks and sounds great too…
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  5. Inglot highlighter broke me out.. my favourite of all of them is Benefit’s Girl Meets Pearl.. it is truly amazing!!
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  6. Nice post.
    I want a highlighter but since I wont be using it much, I have not bought it yet!!
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  7. NIce post (would appreciate better pics)…I’m not a highlighter girl but I would love to try out Mac’s S&G
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  8. I wasn’t a highlighter person but I think should pick one from the above list.
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  9. Cool post! These highlighters are so good in quality but a bit heavy on price specially the MAC one.
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  10. my personal favorite for everyday use is the Inglot AMC in 63 and for an evening wear BB shimmer brick in bronze.. would love to try the high beam for sure :)
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  11. I absolutely love Revlon Skinlights! It gives such a lovely glowy finish.
    Also I love theBalm Mary Lumanizer as a powder highlight.
    I ahve the colorbar pen, but it is such a hassle to use it !
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  12. I have an Indian Wheatish Skin Tone and really got a great help with your article. The best thing to be mentioned is benefits if focus highlighter.
    Thank alot :)
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  13. Best products that you are listed above. Thanks for sharing.
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