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Glow Friends

Sexy shimmer for any age.
Glow Friends Sexy shimmer for any age.

If there ever was an Oscar for Most Improved Beauty Product, shimmer would bag it hands down. No longer confined to the Bratz-pack, the latest gleam-inducers have moved beyond the scratchy, craft-store glitter kind that's more at home on a tween accessory, to sophisticated, glimmery products.

With its almost indiscernible mica content, these luminous wonders are worn on the haute-st of runways. Colors have veered from the usual jewel-toned course and now play in the realm of sexy neutrals, deep earth shades and even stark black and white.

By virtue of its highlighting properties, shimmer should be used only on areas that deserve more attention: your favorite features, the graceful crook of the collarbones, and maybe a pop on the balls of shoulders provide just the right amount of sparkle for an evening in the spotlight. Nothing more than strategic shine, though: resembling a disco ball is most definitely overkill. Restrict the shimmer to one facial feature and body part at a time to keep the look approachably sultry, rather than gaudy Studio 54.

We find the best shimmer products and prove how they translate sexily into every age: whether you're in your 20s, 30s, 40s or 50s, you'll twinkle tantalizingly as you count down to 2009.

—Eunice Lucero, Beauty Editor

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