It’s Glow Time: A Guide to Winter Highlighting

I think I have a problem.  More than an obsession.  I want all the pretty light and I want it now.

Bordering on stalker territory, I sometimes just sit and stare at my vanity drawer and the abundance of ways to illuminate my skin.  I dream up new combinations and imagine brushing, blending, and layering. And because I can’t seem to choose just one product a day, I generally pick two or three.  Sometimes four.

My choices range from bronzers  to highlighters, illuminators to shimmery blush and finishing powder.  This doesn’t include foundation, of course, since I’ve been wearing NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation religiously to keep me looking hydrated and flawless despite the cold and my love of chocolate.It's Glow Time Products

I am one step away from going metallic and there’s nothing to hold me back.  Creating artificial light is making up for the lack of natural light in the rather unsunny Sunshine State.

It's Glow Time Closeupwearing Hourglass Dim Light and Radiant Light, and Sonia Kashuk Shimmering Sands

After setting my foundation, I sweep Hourglass Dim Light down the center of my face and buff Radiant Light into the edges and along my cheeks with a Real Techniques Multitask Brush.  Then I highlight my cheekbones, cupid’s bow, down the bridge of my nose, the center of my chin and lightly above the inner half of each eyebrow with theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (white-gold), Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Sparkling Sands (champagne), or Buxom Divine Goddess Luminzer (pink). On days I’m feeling the need for more I wear Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Peaceful or layer Too Faced Sweethearts Blush in Candy Glow over a matte blush.

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I can not get enough.  This addiction to face products is only growing and my constant need to intensify a lit-up look will surely one day rival the sun itself.

What are you craving lately?

  • Sarah S.

    You look fab! I avoid glowy stuff because I have large pores and acne scarring, boohoo :-P

    • Alison M

      :-/ I avoided it for a long time until my skin got in better shape. I had larger pores on my cheeks and still struggle with that occasionally. In case you ever feel inclined to look into highlighters, the Buxom illuminator has the softest glow.

  • Michelle @LipstickRules

    This post is so helpful! I didn’t know how to use two types of Ambient Powders together so I will give this a shot! You look amazing.

    • Alison M

      Glad it helped, Michelle! I’m still working on getting the powders to show every time I photograph so I can get a proper tutorial on how I apply. I’m so in love with them with this crummy cold weather lately :)

  • Kristen / Glambunctious

    Wow. You look perfectly glowing and healthy and lovely! I am so jeals of anyone who can wear highlighter on the regular. My skin is usually too oily for it and I end up looking hilarious by about noon! But I am so attracted to them! I LOVE what you’ve done with your combo platter of shimmering beauty! :D

    • Alison M

      Combo platter, haha! Now I kind of want some mall food court lunch O.O Keep testing highlighters. There’s something out there for everyone! The Buxom one is particularly soft looking and might be a good cheek choice for you.

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