We've compiled some of our favorite highlighters and bronzers to share with you, as well as some helpful advice on how to look radiant on your big day!
A quick way to make your skin look fabulous is a highlighter. Available in liquid, stick, and powder formulas, the goal of highlighters is to allow the light to play off your skin with maximum impact. Especially if you go with a nude highlighter (rather than one that is definitely bright white or blushed), you don't have to limit use to your face. Add some to your collarbone and shoulders to look even better in that wedding dress!
One of our favorite highlighters comes from Becca Cosmetics. The shade above, Champagne Pop, is a makeup artist's darling right now because of the product partnership with YouTube sensation Jaclyn Hill. Champagne Pop is good for medium skin tones, especially those that already have warm undertones. If you are paler, go with the shade Opal. Brides with dark complexions should try a touch of Blushed Copper. Apply high on your cheekbones, slightly circling to just above your brow.
If you want to be more precise, you can use a product like MAC's Prep+Prime highlighter. This lightweight formula travels easily in your purse and you can touch it up throughout the day. It's not as dramatic as other highlighters, so it's perfect for minimalist brides. The only drawback is its limited number of shades.
A multi-purpose highlighter is The Multiple by NARS. This cool stick (in the shade Copacabana, above) requires a bit of blending (either with your fingers or a brush), but with its vast range of shades (every lady can find one that works for her in this line), it's totally worth it.
Many of the highlighters above could certainly double as a bronzer if you buy them in a deep enough shade. However, if you want to fake a golden glow, we love that one of the best powder bronzers out there is at the drugstore (finally, something for your wedding that's affordable!) The NYX Matte Bronzer will make you look like you spent a day at the beach.
But perhaps you just want to look generally glowy? A luminous or illuminating foundation is going to be your best bet. Although you could certainly mix in a drop or two of Benefit's Sun or High Beam (one of the most popular illuminators available) into your regular foundation, there are other options available. Above, a new product getting tons o' beauty buzz is L'Oreal's Lumi Cushion Foundation, the latest in their popular Lumi collection. Your skin will look like it is glowing from within, and it's buildable coverage, so it can be good for brides with a few imperfections to cover.
You know what doesn't look awesome? Your makeup clinging to the dry patches of skin on your face. Isn't winter just the worst? Avoid this by using an ultra-dewy foundation like Bobbi Brown's Moisture Rich. The coverage doesn't last as long as a more matte alternative, but you can touch up and reapply without it starting to look cakey. Mix with a tiny drop of your own moisturizer if you have extremely dry or chapped skin.