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Frost Yourself: The Best Highlighters for Winter


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Make no mistake, highlighting is a year-round sport. But in the winter, strobing takes on a whole new life. That's because we look to frosted highlighters to counter dull complexions while delivering snowflake-levels of dimension. Here, feast your eyes on the celestial highlighters we look to for radiant glows all season long.

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1 Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder

The brand that perfected filter-free skin has four new soft strobing powders (like Iridescent Light, pictured) begging for a moment at après ski, if you catch our drift. Editors' Note: The ultra-fine micro pearl particles practically melt into the skin. It's glorious.

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder, $38; spacenk.com.

2 Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter

These rose-gold-flecked formulas are great for rookies as the gel-powder texture is super easy to blend. Plus, they have just the right amount of shimmer if you're a glitter-phobe.

Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter, $39.00; sephora.com.

3 Chosungah 22 24H Raybeam Highlighter

If you've got bone-dry skin (we feel you!), you'll appreciate the smoothing properties of this pearlescent cream, which hydrates while adding youthful luminosity.

Chosungah 22 24H Raybeam Highlighter, $28; sephora.com.

4 rms beauty Magic Luminizer

Simply put: This is the champagne dreams of highlighters. The light-reflecting technology takes strobing to the next level in pictures with a dreamy, moonlit finish. Also—a little bit goes a long way.

rms beauty Magic Luminizer, $38; sephora.com.

5 Kjaer Weis Highlighter

It's not cheap, but it doesn't stop droves of women from shelling out for this (miraculously) organic formula with anti-aging rosa rubiginosa and hydrating jojoba seed oils. A universally-flattering warm pink shade that's only slightly sparkly, it has a melty, second-skin finish to boot.

Kjaer Weis Highlighter in Radiance, $56; net-a-porter.com.

6 Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit

For an unapologetically-frosted highlight, look no further than this moon child palette. From Purple Horseshoe, a glittering lavender, to Lucky Clover, a shamrock-infused gold, these shades are not for the faint of heart and we like it that way.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit, $40 (was $36); anastasiabeverlyhills.com.

7 Glossier Haloscope

We were addicted to both shades (pearlescent Quartz and golden Topaz) over the summer, but plan on swiping Haloscope on just as often for winter. Why? Because 1) it just looks good and 2) the oil-infused core is filled with hydrating vitamins that will really be doing our parched skin a solid.

Glossier Haloscope, $22; glossier.com.

8 Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighting Palette

If you want a streamlined, all-in-one palette, you can't go wrong alternating between these opalescent pink, shimmery champagne, or sun-kissed bronze highlighters. Each delivers a soft, subtle shimmer AKA will only twinkle when you *really* want it to.

Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighting Palette, $39; sephora.com.

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