Pep up winter skin with this pick of complexion transforming highlighters.

If six months of grey winter weather has taken its toll on your complexion and you are in need of a little something to boost your skin till spring, we’ve rounded up nine bronzers and highlighters to perk up even the peakiest of pallors. Who doesn’t need some colour, lustre and overall vitality right now? From quick-fix sticks to multi-use powders, each with magic skin-enlivening properties, these are the stand-outs.

Golden Glow, £25

Trinny London

With just enough tint to give an outdoorsy glow, Trinny London’s creamy bronzer is great for nailing a healthy all-over colour. Available in a good spectrum of shades, use the on-site Match2Me service to find your perfect tint. Buy it here.

Beauty Light Wand, £29

Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury’s Beauty Light Wand in Spotlight is a liquid highlighter that gives skin a soft-focus candle-lit glow. With pearls to boost luminosity and rose-gold pigments for a warm, natural hue, the soft cushion applicator makes blending easy for a flawless finish. Buy it here.

Ambient Lighting Powder, £45


As the name suggests, Hourglass's finely milled palette leaves skin ‘lit from within’. Think a multi-dimensional finish that blurs away imperfections and gives skin-flattering effects to beat even the most flattering Insta filter. Buy it here.

Skin Dew, £19


If you are looking for a dewy finish, Vieve’s Skin Dew delivers a hydration hit whilst veiling skin with a universally flattering warmth. With added squalane, skin is brighter and bouncier, thanks to a light-reflecting sheen. Perfect for a ‘no-make-up’ healthy glow. Buy it here.

Glowy Super Gel, £22


Saie’s gel is 75 per cent water and features ten extracts, including papaya and vitamin C. There’s just a hint of pigment to melt into skin and diffuse a life-giving lustre to dull winter complexions. Expect a super glowy finish. Buy it here.

Beauty Glow Obsessions Highlighter Palette, £27


If you like the versatility of a palette to allow you to dial up or down your level of glow, Huda’s Beauty Glow Obsessions highlighter palette has four pans to blush, highlight, contour and add radiance in flattering, buildable shades. Buy it here.

Stick Highlighter, £32

Anastasia Beverly Hills

A fool-proof buttery balm highlighter with a luminous finish and built-in brush. Simply swipe and blend for quick, easy skin-reviving glow. Buy it here.

Solar Paint, £17


After the runaway success of Glossier’s Cloud Paint blushers, its Solar Paint bronzers are almost guaranteed to be a winner. The whipped creme formula is infused with plant oils to nourish as it diffuses metallic warmth into skin. Available in a great, wide range of shades for every tone. Buy it here.

Les Beiges Bronzing Cream, £43


All hail the most iconic of all the bronzers! Chanel’s giant bronzing cream is as great swirled over the face for an almost undetectable kiss of sunshine as it is blended over collarbones and shins to deliver a warm, caramel lustre wherever you need it most. Now available in a darker shade to suit a wider range of skin tones. Buy it here.

Match Stix Shimmer Stick, £21

Fenty Beauty

Fenty Beauty’s twenty shades of Match Stix are the pick-n-mix of make-up. First find your exact skin match to conceal and correct, then go a few shades deeper to find your perfect contouring shade. Finally, the shimmer sticks will highlight, blush and enhance¬; formulated in buildable cream-to-powder sticks, they cleverly click together for a fully customisable complexion set. Perfect for on the go. Buy it here.

Neo-Bronzer, £28

Kevyn Aucoin

A 3-in-1 powder bronzer, Neo-Bronzer is perfect for sun-starved complexions. The ombre pan delivers shimmery and matte tones in one slimline compact. Isolate one shade for precision contouring, or swirl and blend for an all-over sun-kissed luminosity. Buy it here.

Teint Idole Ultra Wear Duo Stick, £29.50


A long-lasting swipe of radiance, Lancome’s Ultra Wear highlight stick comes in three flattering metallic shades. Apply straight from the bullet and blend into cheekbones, temples and the bridge of your nose for pretty, subtle shimmer. Buy it here.

By Lydia Mansi
February 2022

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