5 Highlighters to Get Your Holiday Glow On!

Before you know it, the holidays will be upon us and so will the parties and festivities. The holiday season is the ideal time to go a little outside your comfort zone and try a makeup look with a little more sparkle. Highlight the tops of cheekbones, cupid’s bow, temples, brow bone and decollete. The following is my list  of highlighters that will give your skin a beautiful glow for the holidays and beyond.

bareMinerals Ready Luminizer ($26) Limited Edition –  enhances your complexion with a radiant, lit-from-within glow. Powered by the proprietary SeaNutritive Mineral™ Complex, this silky smooth formula delivers incredible skin-nourishing benefits while highlighting the complexion with a soft, candlelit radiance.

This comes in two colorways; The Love Affair, a pale iridescent pink for cool skin tones and The Shining Moment, a pale gold for warmer complexions. Luminizers and highlighters can be intimidating for us older women–we definitely don’t want to draw attention to fine lines and wrinkles but still want to capture the youthful look of glowing skin. I think I FINALLY accomplished that with this luminizer! I was sent The Shining Moment and was a little scared to try it–it looks VERY yellow gold in the pan. Thankfully it translates really well to the skin. I used a skunk brush and applied it on the top of my cheekbones as well as over my blush on the apples of my cheeks. The result is just what I was looking for–soft and glowy without glitter or obvious sparkle. I often use my co-worker as a impartial judge when I’m testing products and she said my cheeks looked liked they had a “satin sheen.”  Woot woot! Believe me she tells me the awful truth–for example “Your forehead looks like it’s broken out” or “You can see the wrinkles around your eyes, especially that deep one” or “Definitely not a good color for you.”  You get the idea. If she says The Shining Moment has a satin sheen, that’s good enough for me!!



The Halo Highlighting Wand ($32)  creates a radiant glow and allows light to play off the face. What makes this highlighter different is the delivery system–a click pen! I’m usually not a big fan, but this click pen actually works, the picture above is two clicks. The wide brush makes application easy. Comes in pearl and gold. Pearl is pictured above.



BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfectors ($41) deliver the soft pearlized glow we all crave. Moonstone is the newest in BECCA’s line up. Moonstone is a stunning golden pearl that imparts a candlelit glow to the complexion.  BECCA’s Shimmering Skin Perfector is a sheer, lightweight water-based highlighter AND moisturizer that illuminates skin and diffuses imperfections. It contains ultra fine mica particles that reflect light as well as soothing anti-inflammatory ingredients.  It doesn’t stop there–antioxidants A, B, C, and E guard against daily damage from free radicals and broad-spectrum SPF 20 + protects against 96% of UVA/UVB rays. We all know I have a weakness for multi-tasking products!  Becca Skin Perfectors are so natural looking; no one can tell you weren’t born with radiant beaming skin!  See my full review here.

SENSAI’s Designing Duo Bronzing Powder ($45) is one of those products that when opened, sends you straight into makeup induced euphoria. Who wouldn’t be in a state of euphoria when your skin looks luminous and glowing? The powder features two sun-kissed shades graduated together to create a look that can be shimmery and sculpted. On the skin, this sheer bronzing powder imparts a subdued gleam as if lit by candlelight.

Part of the reason this powder delivers such radiance is that it is infused with particles of 24K gold and pearl!! Yes, you read that correctly. Uh, helllllo what women doesn’t love gold and pearls? Not this one!!

The ombre design allows you to use either side–one is a golden shade, the other a peachy pale bronze; mix them together for a lovely blush or all-over bronze glow. Read the full review to learn about the unusual ingredients and tips on how to wear this highlighter.


Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finishing Powder has an almost cult following, and rightfully so! They say that diamonds are a girl’s best friend and they certainly are mine, especially in the form of Diamond Finishing Powder. It’s made with real diamonds and a patented diamond complex to give radiance and luster to the skin. This translucent powder refracks light and blurs imperfections to give an airbrushed look. Beauties, this does not contain glitter or shimmer of any kind, but a luminosity that adds warmth and brightness to the skin resulting in a flawless complexion—promise! Brush on with a big fluffy brush or stipple brush. Diamond Finishing Powder can also be used underneath foundation although I’ve never tried it that way.

Owner Robyn is an over 40 woman like you and me so you know she understands what we need in makeup choices and she has done us all a favor by formulating a fantastic foundation and finishing powder! Click here to read a review of Purely Cosmetics Mineral Foundation.


 Have you tried any of these? Do you use a highlighter/luminizer? If so, what is your favorite? Let’s discuss!

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  1. What a fabulous post, Cindy! I am very curious to try the one by Becca!!!

    • I adore these BECCA skin perfectors–you need to try them–you can use them so many different ways!

  2. I love the Purely Cosmetics powder too. It’s great and the price is right.

  3. I love luminazers and Highlighters since I’ve discovered them. I’m afraid all the products you presented have a little (or a lot) of gold, which I actually try to avoid in my face because I already have yellow undertoned skin. I’m curious about Diamond Perfect Finishing Powder though.


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