Whatever your makeup style, be it bare-faced and boho or sultry and smokey, one thing most brides are looking to flaunt on their wedding day is shimmering, glowing skin. After all, if anyone’s going to exude that lit-from-within look, it might as well be the bride. But if you’re getting hitched during the colder months of the year—when the air is more dry, frigid and less humid—you’re less likely to possess that natural, sun-kissed glow.
One of the simplest ways to achieve glow-getting skin without a last-minute vacay or scheduling a facial the morning of your wedding (which, just as quickly, could leave you with red, irritated skin), is to add a little highlighter into your wedding-day makeup regimen. Easy, right?
Wondering which brands have what it takes to keep you glowing from ceremony through reception? Here are the glow sticks celebrity makeup artists use on their dashing winter brides.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector
This liquid luminizer delivers all of the dewyness a bride could hope for with just the smallest application. It’s infused with ultra-fine, light-reflecting pearls that sit atop the skin without clogging pores. It’s also a multitasking beauty product that can serve as a primer, foundation or moisturizer. “This product is super creamy and pigmented and works with all skin types—even oily skin,” says celebrity makeup artist, Debra Macki.
Shimmering Skin Perfector, $41, Becca available at Sephora
Though this beauty brand’s only been around for a few years, it’s quickly becoming a cult classic thanks to standout products, like their haloscope highlighter. “It gives you a dewy finish with its solid oil core containing hydrating vitamins and an outer halo of infused with genuine crystal extracts that gives you the most gorgeous glow,” says Vinnetta Scrivo, a celebrity makeup artist who’s worked with Martha Stewart. It comes in three shades: Moonstone, which is great for highlighting the cheekbone, brow bone, and straight down the nose; Topaz, which can be used as a contour for the sides of the nose, hollows of cheek and a dab on the chin; and lastly Quartz, which goes right on the apple of the cheek.
Haloscope highlighter, $22, Glossier
MAC Strobe Cream
On your wedding day, you don’t only want to glow. You want that glow to stay put from the moment it’s applied to when you’re ready to rinse it off. That’s exactly what you’ll get with this strobe cream, which can serve as both a primer or a standalone product. “What's so great about this product is that it does not give off an unwanted glitter or overdone sparkle, it simply illuminates the skin,” says Colby Correnti, Boston-based makeup artist and founder of Pretty Wife Beauty. “This product is also fantastic for an on-the-go woman who needs a one-step face product to use in the morning before work.”
Strobe Cream, $33, MAC available at Ulta
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Highlighter
This iconic highlighter has been in the game long before highlighters were considered a “thing.” It features flattering ribs of three color combinations in shades of pink—pale, golden, and rosy. “The highlighting powder gives a high shine for the bride who wants an intense sheen on the high points of the face,” says makeup artist and owner of MG Beauty, Mindy Green. “It delivers a softer shimmer, so it doesn't give megawatt shine, which makes it perfect for use as an eyeshadow as well!”
Shimmer Brick Highlighter, $48, Bobbi Brown available at Sephora
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
This highlighting palette also features multiple hues—three slightly variant shades in a high-tech, soft-focus finishing powder that’s subtle enough for even the most natural-seeking brides-to-be. “I recommend that my brides stay away from a highlighter that’s too shimmery, because not only can the look be distracting, but the current trend may not be timeless, which is exactly what you want your wedding photos to be,” says Erin B. Guth, Los Angeles-based celebrity makeup artist. “The hues in the Ambient Palette offer a subtle luminescence that creates a flawless, radiant appearance—and they flatter the skin in any type of light, including flash photography.”
Ambient Lighting Palette, $62, Hourglass available at Sephora
Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops
This product looks more like a skin serum—and nourishes and hydrates like one, too!—but its illuminating and bronzing capabilities get the highlighting job done. It comes in nine universal shades, so it’s easily customizable to your individual skin color. It totes a more intense finish, so it’s not for the bride looking for a subtle highlight, but rather a cheekbone-blinding lift. To tone it down, Correnti suggests mixing it with your foundation to give a more natural effect. “I love taking a small amount with a beauty blender and tapping the product into the high points of my bride’s face—on the cheekbones, above the brow arch, cupids bow, and bridge of the nose,” she says.
Custom Enhancer Drops, $42, Cover FX available at Sephora
Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter
If you’re looking for a more iridescent glow, reach for this unique and radiance-enhancing highlighter that comes in three cool hues—a nude pink, opalescent pink, and bronze for a more sun-kissed look. “It has a unique silky texture that just melts on the skin and gives the cheekbones a luminous finish that’s truly natural,” says Brandy Gomez-Duplessis, celebrity makeup artist and co-founder of Entitled Beauty.
Heaven’s Hue Highlighter, $32, Stila available at Ulta
Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter
Whether you’re a destination bride or just dreaming about the beach, the addicting, sun-kissed scent of this butter highlighter will give you all the vacation feels. It’s also incredibly long-wearing with its cream-to-powder formula, and melts effortlessly into the skin for a gorgeous highlight and no-fuss finish. It’s also packed with nourishing and skin-conditioning peptides that will keep you vibrant and hydrated throughout your wedding day and night.
Butter Highlighter, $11, Physicians Formula