Give Your Skin A Moon-Kissed Glow With These 7 Natural Highlighters

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This year, January’s first full moon—a wolf moon and a supermoon—falls on New Year's Day. When combined with the energy of the New Year, January 1 is an incredibly potent time to set intentions for what you want in 2018. Be careful what you wish for, as the cosmos is on your side!

The full moon on New Year’s Day is one of two next month, making the second (on January 31) a blue moon. All this lunar energy inspired a novel approach to beauty: Instead of faking "a sun-kissed glow," let’s embrace winter skin and celebrate radiance during the darkest time of year.

Whether you’re out on the town howling at the moon or enjoying a more intimate gathering with friends, these illuminating highlighters are perfect for New Year’s Eve:

1. Rituel de Fille Rare Light Luminizer in Lunaris

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With a blue pearl and opal hue, this highlighter is as ethereal as it is enchanting. It comes in a solid portable pot and has the same texture as a balm but packs a pigmented ultraviolet punch—on trend for 2018.

Rituel de Fille Rare Light Luminizer in Lunaris ($29)

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2. RMS Living Luminizer (original)

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RMS’s living luminizer has a cult following for a reason: The color is subtle enough for everyday wear, the formula nourishes the skin, and it doesn’t look greasy or glittery. It comes in an eco-friendly glass tub and lasts a long time.

RMS Living Luminizer (original) ($38)

3. MAKE Face Gloss

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To get a dewy finish, try MAKE’s colorless face gloss. The gel-but-smoother product comes in a tube and is enriched with vitamins and free of both parabens and fragrance, refreshing tired skin. Wear it on its own for a natural glow or on top of foundation for a finished look.

MAKE Face Gloss ($25)

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4. Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Flash Luminizer

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In a handy stick format, this universal luminizer comes in three different accommodating shades, each with two tones—one highlighter and a blush. With a coconut oil base and several hydrating plant extracts, this formula is slightly thicker and less pigmented than the others for those looking for a subtle hint of moonshine.

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Flash Luminizer ($32)

5. Lottie London Strobe Stix Creme Highlighter

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For a more intense glow, Lottie London’s strobe stix creme highlighter in star struck is another excellent stick option. Lottie London doesn’t claim to be "natural," but this highlighter’s ingredient list checks out on EWG’s skin-deep database for safety and at $10 is super wallet-friendly.

Lottie London Strobe Stix Creme Highlighter ($10)

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6. KANI Moon Milk Shimmering Jasmine Body Oil

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This body oil is extra—the scent is divine, the shimmer is subtle (but noticeable!), and it’s a multi-use formula. Apply it to your body right after a shower and pat a few fingers' full of highlighter on your cheekbones, cupid’s bow, browbone, and collarbones. For extra flair and moisture, add it to the ends of damp hair.

KANI Moon Milk Shimmering Jasmine Body Oil ($38)

7. Maya Chia Highlight of the Day

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This is probably the most innovative highlighter to crop up in the last few years. It’s a chia seed oil-based serum infused with, at first glance, an intimidating amount of shimmer. Fear not: It imparts a very natural, unglittery radiance. The "happy hour" shade is cool-toned and closest to a lunar glow, but "after hours" is a favorite everyday hue as well.

Maya Chia Highlight of the Day ($42)

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