Sweeping highlighter across your cheekbones is one of the quickest ways to transform a dull, winter-worn complexion to a radiant, healthy one. But when adding an illuminating powder into your regimen, it’s essential to ensure the formula is finely-milled and glowy (not glittery!) to get the most realistic effect. After all, you want your skin to twinkle like, well, healthy skin, not a tinsel-flecked Christmas tree. Here, we’ve curated a selection of shimmer-dusted powders — new for the holiday season — that will add life to your skin in seconds.Bobbi Brown® Highlight and Glow Powder Duo
This luxe palette from Bobbi Brown’s holiday collection ($65) glimmers from the inside out (the lid is covered in glitter!). Wear the bare and opal shades separately or layered — they’re super blendable — for more depth.BECCA® Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Mini Macaron Set
BECCA highlighters are celebrated for their rich, silky powders with intense shimmer payoff. Experience the hype for yourself with this variety pack of mini-illuminators ($40) containing four bestselling shades (the Rose Quartz is our go-to). Charlotte Tilbury® Bar of Gold Highlighting Palette
Give the gift of glow with this trio of classic, rose and bronze-gold highlighters from Charlotte Tilbury ($58). The soft, creamy formulas double as eyeshadow, so it can multitask in any makeup bag.Anastasia Beverly Hills® Sugar Glow Kit
This power quad from Anastasia Beverly Hills ($40) is made up of four iridescent shades that pop on a variety of skin tones. We especially love a sweep along the cheek bones and inner corner of the eyelid (Marshmallow, Gumdrop, and Butterscotch are even recommended for the lips).Givenchy® Mystic Glow Powder
Achieve a simple, yet stunning sheen with this limited-edition powder from Givenchy ($47). The silky formula can be used dry or wet for that fresh “how does she do it?” radiance. Bonus: it comes with a mini brush for easy touch-ups.Laura Mercier® Magic Hour Face Highlighting Palette
The powders in this festive palette from Laura Mercier ($58) are just as pretty in the pan as they are on skin. The four shades (two are new and limited edition!) deliver up to eight hours of non-stop shimmery wear. Mix and match them for a more natural, multidimensional ambiance.NARS® Cosmetics Hot Tryst Cheek Palette
This next-level palette from NARS’s holiday collection ($59) features two highlighters (one opal; one gold) and four blushes for creating a wide range of looks, all nestled inside an edgy, spiked case that looks like it could have been an accessory on a runway at fashion week. Like with many of the palettes here, you can amp up the glow you get out of it by applying the shades with a damp brush.
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