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Best Illuminating Skin Products

Illuminated skin

Whether you want an all-over glow, or just to add luminosity to targeted areas, there’s a wealth of luminizers available. With myriad textures including liquid metals or light-reflecting powders, we guide you through everything you need to know, making it easy to get your glow on.

Illuminating Skincare

Tweak your skincare regime to boost your skin’s natural glow and wave goodbye to dull, grey skin. Ensure you are using a daily product that contains alpha hydroxyy acids (AHAs) as the naturally-derived exfoliants reveal younger, brighter-looking skin from the off; try Sarah Chapman Skinesis Liquid Facial Resurfacer every morning after cleansing. Keep skin well moisturised so it doesn’t soak up makeup throughout the day leaving your complexion dull and patchy, try a face oil for deeper nourishment and a radiant boost – we love Votary Rose Maroc and Sandalwood Facial Oil.

If you prefer a lighter feel then try a CC or BB cream. CC or colour correcting is ideal for dull or sallow skin – if that’s you then try By Terry Cellularose Brightening CC Lumi-Serum as it’s packed full of skin saving actives, including gentle exfoliators and gives skin a bright, subtly shimmery finish. BB cream or beauty balm, is a glowy tinted cream enriched with skin boosting actives and offers a quick one-step to radiant skin. Try the light and silky Erborian BB Crème Au Ginseng.

The Glowy Base

If you’re looking for all-over radiance and brighter skin in general then start your makeup routine with an illuminating primer. As well as ensuring makeup lasts longer, choosing one with light reflecting properties will give skin a natural-looking glow. For a soft-focus radiance try Becca Backlight Priming Filter which contains crushed pearls. Follow with a light application of Nars Sheer Glow Foundation and you have a perfect, lasting base with a lit-from-within finish.

Liquid Highlighting

Highlighting is all about emphasizing your bone structure and giving prominent areas a reflective shine finish. Cleverly placed illumination can be very flattering, so play around in the mirror and find the placement that suits you best. To start with we recommend applying to the higher planes of your face as this is where the sun naturally hits and highlights your skin – the cheekbones, brow bones, bridge of the nose and cupid’s bow are good places to start. You can also try eyelids, centre of the chin or even apples of the cheeks.

For a dramatic look try Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops which come in a range of shades and give skin a metallic, high-shine highlight. If you like a more natural look, RMS Beauty Magic Lumnizer is an all-natural coconut oil based cream that applies quickly and easily with fingertips to provide a beautiful sheen just where you want it. Double up on radiance by mixing a small amount of a liquid highlighter like Nars Illuminator, into moisturiser or foundation for an all-over glow and then add extra in specific areas for stronger radiance.

Radiant Powders

Silky soft powder highlighters give skin a highly polished finish, we like the limited edition, bronze opal Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Royal Glow. Another way to illuminate with powder is to try a setting powder with a soft-focus radiant finish – an age-old trick of makeup artists. After applying makeup, dust a small amount all over the complexion. The unique glowing formula gives skin a natural lit-from-within radiance and works to blur imperfections and set makeup for lasting illumination. We recommend Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder which uses photo-luminescent technology to both disguise imperfections and diffuse light for a flattering glow.

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