In the summertime it’s all about the golden bronze glow. In the winter, however, it’s time for a more pearly gold glow that reflects the theme of the season. So get your ice goddess on with my favorite highlighters for the winter!


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light
By far my favorite highlighting powder. It’s got the most natural radiant glow I’ve ever seen in a powder product, and this particular shade is just cool enough to give off that wintery feeling. And the Ambient Lighting Powder is nice and subtle, so if you’re going for a more subdued glow, this one’s for you.


MAC Divine Night Mineralize Skin Finish
If you’re going for the opposite of subdued, read on: MAC’s limited edition Divine Night collection includes everything you’ll need to glow, baby, glow! The Mineralize Skin Finish is a showstopper; the color “Centre of Attention” has both the shimmery peach and more intense gold to give off an almost reflective glow to your face.


Urban Decay Naked Illuminated
I’m a huge fan of Urban Decay so I’m not surprised that the Naked Illuminated highlighter is one of my favorites this season. Again, this has the perfect blend of that pearl/golden combination to create the ideal highlight color. And the microfine shimmer is just enough to give you mega glow without sparkling. That’s really what you want out of a highlighter: You want to make sure you glow and not look like you have flecks of shimmer all over your face!


Make Up For Ever Uplight Luminizer
If powder isn’t your thing, you’re in luck: Make Up For Ever makes possibly the most perfect luminizer gel ever! I have it in #12 (dewy golden warm) which is more on the gold side, but you can go with #22 which has a cooler, more pearly color to it. Whichever color you choose, it’s my number one pick for a liquid or gel luminizer.


LORAC Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder in Luminous
I would liken this product to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder: They both have the microfine texture that makes it look like your skin is actually glowing, and not like you’ve got a glowing powder sitting on top of your skin. The LORAC Perfectly Lit luminizer, though, is a bit more intense as far as glow goes.