An Oily Skin Guide to Highlighting | My Favorites

Hello! I am back today with another recommendations post for oily skin.  One of my most recent posts was about my favorite foundations for oily skin. Today, I wanted to share some of my favorite highlighters. Some believe that because you have oily skin you can't highlight. But with the proper base makeup, you can use any of these highlighters that create a subtle glow. As the day goes on and your natural oils peak through, you will continue to glow without looking too oily.
My first favorite is the Gerard Cosmetics Star Powder in "Grace". This is one of the softest highlighters I have ever used. It's a beautiful white-gold shade, which I think works really well for lighter skin tones. Sometimes using gold highlighters for fairer skin can be too dark. But this one works perfectly for both those with oily and fair skin. 
My next favorites are the Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter in "Smoke N' Whistles" and "Flexetarian". What I like about Colourpop highlighters is that they are best applied with your fingers, which allow a more controlled application. You can add as much highlighter as desired and also concentrate it more on the areas you want.  "Smoke N' Whistles" is a cool toned pink champagne and "Flexetarian" is a white-champagne. I personally love the Lorac Light Source Illuminating Highlighter in "Moonlight" and "Starlight" for oily skin. These are very subtle highlighters, so it works best for those with very oily skin. "Starlight" is a white-opal and "Moonlight" is a pink pearl shade. My next favorite is the Models Own Sculpt and Glow Highlighter in "Golden Sands". This shade is a pink-ish gold. It is a little darker than I would usually use for fair skin, but with a light hand, it works beautifully. I also love using this shade as an eyeshadow because it's a beautiful and unique shade. The Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Powder is also a beautiful and affordable option. It's a light pink-beige shade, that would work for almost every skin tone. Next, I will be talking about Anastasia Illuminator in "Starlight", which is a light white-gold. Again, a shade like this is perfect for fairer skin tones. But what makes it great for oily skin is that it just added a nice sheen and can easily be controlled. The most intense option I recommend is the theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter. This is a pure champagne shade, that I also love to use an eyeshadow. If you have oily skin and still want that intense glow, this is the best option. But even for people like me who don't want something so intense, with a light hand, this will add the perfect sheen. My last recommendation and the most affordable option is the elf Baked Highlighter in "Midnight Pearl". For only $3, this is one you need to try. This is a beautiful light pink highlighter that works well for fair and light skin tones. One tip with this, however, is when you get it, to scrape off the first layer and then it will reveal the most beautiful metallic highlighter. Continue reading for swatches!

What are your favorite highlighters for oily skin? Comment below!

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  1. I love the elf highlighter and the Milani one! They're so affordable and don't look like I've just painted a strip of glitter on my face. I really want to try the Colourpop highlighters too, but they're so hard to find in the UK :(

    Rachel |