10 Editor-Approved Glowing Skin Makeup Products You Need


The frigid air, cloudy skies, and snow on the East Coast are hitting us hard right about now. You may be longing for summer's light and airy breeze, but that doesn't mean you have to give up your glow. Thanks to the invention of glowing skin makeup products, you can hold on to that lit-from-within look for as long as you want.

We're not saying you can warm up the circulation you've lost in your face from the weather with a glowy highlighter, but at least you'll look good with your luminescent skin while braving the cold. To keep your skin gleaming at its highest potential, Byrdie editors dropped their favorite glow-getting makeup products below.

Huda Beauty Winter Solstice Highlighter Palette $45

A quick swatch of one of these galactic shades is all you need to show that this highlighter palette is the absolute truth. The color payoff is crazy good, and the shades are a glow lover's dream. I rely heavily on the Arctic Glow's lilac hue to brighten a dreary day, as it makes my cheekbones beam.

Mineralize Skinfinish - Gold Deposit
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Gold Deposit $35

I miraculously came across this highlighter my freshman year of college and haven't looked back since. The payoff is unreal and not for those shy of a strikingly gorgeous glow. The intensity is up to you. I spritz my brush with primer and swirl a bit onto the high points of my face for a selfie-worthy finish.

Cindy-Lou Manizer
TheBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer $19

You'll look like you just dipped your face in the sun after applying this honey-hued, light-catching balm. Feel free to dab this creamy formula all over, as it's equally amazing to repurpose as a highlighter, shimmer, and shadow.

Highlighting Blush New Order 0.16 oz/ 4.8 g
Nars Highlighting Blush in Hot Sand $38

You honestly can't beat a highlighting blush like this Nars powder in Hot Sand. Far from your basic blush, this champagne hue looks incredible on a wide range of skin tones and will add dimension to your skin.

Living Luminizer 0.17 oz
RMS Beauty Living Luminizer $38

This highly praised luminizer is loved by the masses and is editor-approved for a reason. If you're into a subtle glow that looks like your skin but better, RMS created a dream formulation for the ultimate dewy look. This little pot isn't greasy or glittery—instead, it leaves behind a natural radiance on the skin.

Fluid Sheer 3 0.6 oz
Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer $62

Mix a drop or two of this liquid gold into your foundation, massage it into your face like a primer, or dab this on any part of your face for max illumination. From Shim Beige to Gold Bronze, this illuminator is available in various shades to complement all complexions.

Lorac Light Source Illuminating 3 in 1 Primer $35

You can find the secret to your glow up in this three-in-one product made of light diffusing, soft-focus pigments. My go-to method with this illuminator is mixing precisely two drops of this with foundation. It has a way of prolonging creaseless foundation and instantly brightening dull skin.

Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation Beige 1 oz
Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation Beige $44

Becca has claimed its stake in the world of highlighters (hence its holy-grail pressed power highlighter) and followed up with this luminescent foundation that brings the dew. What's even better is that it won't feel too heavy, as it has a lightweight consistency that makes tired skin look fresh.

The Multiple South Beach 0.50 oz/ 14 g
Nars The Multiple $39

Throw this multitasking makeup stick in your bag for a glow on-the-go. It might look little, but it makes a major impact on wherever you see fit. Add a luminous glow to your eyes, lips, cheeks, or body. Its cream-to-powder finish settles into your skin smoothly for a natural result.

First Light Priming Filter Face Primer First Light Priming Filter Face Primer 0.5 oz/ 15 mL
Becca First Light Priming Filter Face Primer $39

Don't let its lilac color scare you away, as this silky primer surprisingly goes on sheer and instantly illuminates your skin. It's infused with Cool Light Technology, spring water, prickly pear flower, and more to hydrate your skin. When I apply this in the morning, it's like an alarm clock for my skin to wake up and glow on.

Keep the glow going by reading up on the best highlighters for dewy skin.

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