Everything Is Illuminated: The Best Highlighters

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Everything Is Illuminated: The Best Highlighters
Make Up For Ever/NARS/Benefit/MAC Cosmetics

During the winter the absence of the sun can leave your skin lacking it's usual luster, so you need to take special care to look well-lit. So, what's the secret to looking alive in the dead of winter? One miracle product: highlighter. Designed to catch the light, this glow-giving product will help you achieve year-round radiance. It doesn't have to be sparkly -- highlighters come in a range of forms from cream to liquid to powder, as well as a range of shades from white to pink to gold. To help you find the one that's right for you, here are the light-catchers that have caught our attention this winter.

White Hot
NARS Cosmetics

White Hot

"This is a white highlighter that gives your skin a nice golden sheen," said Anitra Pearson -- also known as Nitraa B, a YouTube beauty guru with more than 20 million views and counting. "The way it reflects gives a luminous look that's definitely more along the lines of a sheen than a frosted or shimmery look." She recommends using a blush brush to apply this universally flattering highlighter on the tops of cheekbones. Wear it over blush or alone.

Nars Cosmetics Albatross Highlighting Blush Powder, $30

Golden Radiance
Make Up For Ever

Golden Radiance

This gel-based, lightweight luminizer by Make Up For Ever helps to create a radiant complexion. Because it's made with mango butter, it also moisturizes the skin as it illuminates. Mix a little bit with your foundation for an all-over, slightly bronzed glow or apply to your cheekbones, nose spine and forehead for dimension. You can also mix this with a body moisturizer for full body radiance.

Make Up For Ever Uplight Luminizer in Dewy Golden Warm, $29

Pink Pop
e.l.f.

Pink Pop

"This is a super affordable highlighter at only $3," said Judy Travis of ItsJudyTime, a popular beauty channel on YouTube. Judy mainly uses this highlighter on the high points of her cheeks, but the product's functionality doesn't stop there. She also recommends using a small brush to apply the product under your brow bone, which draws attention to the arch of your brows and can make you look more alert.

E.L.F. Studio Baked Blush in Pinktastic, $3

Natural Glow
M.A.C.

Natural Glow

"M.A.C. 'Whisper of Guilt' is a soft yellowy gold with a metallic finish," said Pearson. "The texture is creamy and very pigmented, so a little goes a long way." She recommends applying a small amount all over the face for a nice, natural summery glow. This product applies as a liquid but has a powder finish.

M.A.C. In Extra Dimension Highlighter in Whisper of Guilt, $30

Primed and Illuminated
L'Oreal

Primed and Illuminated

The L'Oreal Magic Lumi Primer is a light infusing product approved for all skin tones. It features a light formula that blends seamlessly into the skin. "This is my favorite liquid highlighter," said Travis. "It gives off a natural, beautiful glow. I like to use a small stippling brush to apply to the high parts of my cheeks."

L'Oreal Magic Lumi Primer Light Infusing Primer, $12.95

Pink Luminescence
BeneFit Cosmetics

Pink Luminescence

If you're looking for something with a subtle finish, try BeneFit Cosmetics' High Beam, an award-winning, satiny-pink liquid highlighter perfect for accenting different features. "It’s subtle, soft and has this beautiful dewy, glowy finish that looks incredibly natural," Pearson said. "It doesn’t look or feel like a typical shimmery highlighter. It feels more like a radiant highlighter." In addition to wearing it on her cheeks and brow bone, Pearson said she applies this to her cupid's bow.

BeneFit Cosmetics High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer, $26

All-Over Glow
Image courtesy Becca Cosmetics

All-Over Glow

Becca Cosmetics Luminous Skin Color is actually a sheer, moisturizing, illuminating foundation you apply all over your face. It comes in various shades to match your skin tone and creates a super healthy, radiant, all-over glow. It's formulated with 25 SPF, antioxidants and also has anti-aging benefits.

Becca Cosmetics Luminous Skin Color, $42

Golden Girls
Hard Candy

Golden Girls

"This is a yellow, frosty banana highlighter that shows up as a subtle champagne color," said Pearson. "It gives me a beautiful, light golden, pearly glow." In addition to creating some luminescence, this bronzing highlighter adds a sense of warm wherever it's applied. Use an angled blush brush to apply it along the side of the nose, which narrows the nose, and to the hollows of your cheeks, which will make your cheek bones pop.

Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in Tiki, $9

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