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Best Illuminators For Winter

Using makeup highlighters—sometimes called an illuminator or luminizer—can give dull, winter skin a radiant glow. Highlighters are shimmering particles that catch and reflect light, suspended in either either powder or liquid. And while applying a makeup highlighter adds only a few extra seconds to your routine, it can make a dramatic difference in your appearance. You will look well-rested and healthy.

Two of the most important things to consider when it comes to choosing a highlighter are texture and skin tone. You can use a liquid highlighter or one in a pressed powder format. If your skin has yellow undertones, choose a highlighter with pale gold. If your skin has pink undertones, choose a rosier shade. Champagne shades tend to look good on everyone.

There are three basic ways to use a liquid/cream highlighter. First, you can mix a few drops into your liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer for an overall glow. Second, mix highlighter with concealer to create a brightening undereye concealer. And finally—my preferred method—highlight the high points of the face only.

Places to apply your highlighter:

  • Top of the cheekbones, in a small circle around the eye socket area
  • 3/4 down the bridge of the nose
  • Above the cupid's bow of your top lip

Here are some of my favorite makeup highlighters. Give these a try:

Powder Highlighters
LORAC Perfectly-Lit Luminizing Powder
Nars Highlighting Blush in Albatross 
bareMinerals READY Luminizer Duo

Liquid Highlighters
Benefit Watts Up
Stila One Step Illuminizer
Benefit High Beam
Benefit Sun Beam

Drugstore Picks
Revlon Skinlights Face Illuminator
Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls

For more makeup tips and tutorials visit Ivy at Wake Up for Makeup.

Ivy Boyd

I have a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design, but it's creating works of art on faces that I love most. By day, I am a Senior Education Consultant for Sephora as well as a freelance makeup artist. The rest of the time, I'm creating content for my makeup and beauty blog, Wake Up for Makeup, reading product reviews, watching tutorial videos and reading makeup artist books. I live and breathe this stuff and if you could eat makeup, I'd probably do that too. I also love painting abstracts, running, attending music festivals and acting weird with my husband and our two awesome cats. I'm here to tell you what products are legit, how to better use the ones you have, give you ideas to shake up your routine and guide you through some fun tutorials I know you can dominate.

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