Glowing Reviews

Highlighters add warmth and definition to dull winter skin. Here, W editors share their favorites.

Benefit High Beam

“Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder warms up my pinky–gray complexion.” – Jane Larkworthy, Beauty Director

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder, $58,


“This liquid formula is pretty much foolproof. Apply to cheek and brow bones for that perfect, refreshed glow with the subtlest of shimmer.” – Vanessa Lawrence, Features Writer

NARS Illuminator in Orgasm, $30,


“This compact’s two shades—a highlighter for a glowing touch, and a bronzer for sculpting—are so subtle, Kardashian-esque contours (my greatest beauty fear) are nearly impossible.” – Sarah Leon, Senior Web Editor

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow, $68,


“I have used this highlighter forever—the light pink tone is perfect for pale complexions and the subtle shimmer adds a nice glow. I apply it to my cheekbones, brow bones, and on the inner corners of my eyes.” – Sue Williamson, Digital Editor

Benefit High Beam, $26,


“There’s a reason you see this highlighter recommended over and over—the pearly finish looks dewy, not shimmery, and who doesn’t love an all-natural product that performs? I dab it along my cheekbones and outer edge of my orbital bone, and dot a touch in the inner corners of my eyes.” – Katie Becker, Beauty Editor

“I just heard about RMS’s Living Luminizer, created by the makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift, and am dying to try it.” – Karin Nelson, Features Editor

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer, $38,


“On mornings after less than a full night’s sleep, I rely on this pale pink highlighter to fake a healthy, well-rested glow.” – Christina Caldwell, Digital Director

Shu Uemura Satin Radiant Stick Vision of Beauty in Light Pink, $39,


“Infused with rose hip oil, this organic illuminator adds a touch of shimmer and moisture at the same time—the perfect remedy for my dull winter complexion.” – Kat Herriman, Digital Editorial Assistant

Ilia Polka Dots & Moonbeams highlighter, $34,


“I’m incredibly pale, so finding a bronzer that complements my complexion without making me orange has always been a difficult task. This one from NARS is the best one I’ve found and offers the perfect glow.” – Gillian Sagansky, Assistant to the Editor in Chief

NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna, $39,