Most people's skin is more dry in the fall and winter, so now is a good time to try some new products that add light to the face.

A radiant, dewy finish on the skin gives it a healthy, youthful appearance that is easy to achieve with a few products.

This technique is flattering on most people, except those who have extremely oily skin. This tutorial can be modified to suit oily skin, though.

If you're new to highlighting, I recommend trying just a couple of these steps to avoid looking too shiny, unless you're planning on being a Greek goddess for Halloween.

And if you have mature skin, use sparingly or don't use products with shimmer particles, since they tend to emphasize fine lines and wrinkles.


Start with applying a moisturizer that suits your skin type and give it time to sink in.

Then smooth on a luminizing primer, like L'Oreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer, or mix it with your foundation.

I just tried this product within the last month, and while it won't keep your makeup in place as well as other primers, the finish it gives is gorgeous.

It's the key to getting that lit-from-within look because once you top it with foundation, the light-reflecting particles show through.

L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup is a good base for this look.

The formula has been around for years and is always popular since it comes in 33 shades with either warm, cool or neutral undertones and has a natural finish.

If you want an even more dewy finish, try its sister foundation, L'Oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup.

I would not recommend the lumi variety, though if you consider your skin to be combination or oily.

Use a damp Beauty Blender to apply your foundation to keep things looking light and fresh.


Next, use a light to medium coverage concealer under your eyes, depending on the level of coverage you need.

Top your under-eye concealer with a highlighting one; Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch in Radiant works well for this.

Use the brush tip to draw large upside down triangles under each eye and fill them in.

Then dab the concealer on the inner corners of your eyes, under your eyebrow, down the center of your nose and then form another, smaller upside down triangle on the lower part of the forehead with the lowest point of the triangle placed just above the middle the eyebrows.

The concealer can be blended out with your finger or a Beauty Blender.

Rather than using shimmer, the highlighting concealer adds light, with a pale, pink-toned color. Depending on how dramatic you want the effect to be, you can highlight with a concealer and powder or just one.

Kim Kardashian's makeup artist has been known to use this technique, along with heavy contouring.


If you want to keep the glistening finish the way it is, I recommend either not using powder at all or just dusting a small amount on the forehead and nose to set the foundation.

And if you opt to use a powder, use a lower coverage one, like MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, in whatever shade suits you.

Make sure you don't layer liquid or cream products on top of powders because it'll look cakey and patchy.

So, if you set your foundation with powder, use only powder highlights on top of that.


A light wash of a blush, like MAC Melba, a soft matte peach, or Gingerly, a matte bronze, won't take the focus off the skin.

If you want an all-in-one blush and cheek highlighting product, try Maybelline Face Studio Highlighting Blush in Nude.

Use a stippling brush with loosely packed bristles and a light hand with this product if you're going to use it over the entire cheek, though.

If you didn't powder, cream blushes can be used.

Dab on Maybelline Face Studio Master Glaze Blush Stick in Coral Sheen for a natural flush.


While bronzing powders add depth and dimension to the face by making it appear more chiseled and angular, highlighters bring forward the high points of the face, adding a glow that makes the skin look healthy and luminous.

As with most makeup, your skin tone determines which shades will look best.

Apply highlights on the cheek bones, cupid's bow of the lips and lightly down the bridge of the nose.

An affordable option is Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in Tiki, which isn't a bronzer at all. It's a light-gold highlighter that can also be used as an eye shadow (like most highlighters).

My current favorite highlighter is Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal, a golden pearl.

The incredibly finely milled powder makes for a velvety texture that's easy to blend into the skin.

If you have a fair skin tone, try the color Moonstone, which is more on the champagne side, and if your skin in deeper, try Topaz, a golden bronze.

The liquid version of this product is just as beautiful and mixes well with foundation, like the L'Oreal primer, for an all-over glow.

I would recommend buying the travel size, though. The full size is so large (1.7 ounces) that you'll never use it up, since only a small amount is needed for each application.

For those with mature skin or for people who want a subtle highlight, try Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light or Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight.

This look is a good one if you don't want to go heavy on the eyes or wear a bold lip, since it keep the focus on the skin.

But if you want something on your eyes, blend Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze or Bold Gold on your eyelid and finish with plenty of mascara.

Then swipe on a tinted lip balm like the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rose or a nude lip gloss like MAC Plushglass in Wildly Lush to finish.

Or just use Chapstick and let your natural lip color show through.

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Felicia Krieg was raised in Plattsburgh and graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2011 with a degree in English literature and print journalism. She started as a Press-Republican staff writer in 2012.

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