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The Best Body Illuminators

How to make your limbs shine--not sparkle!
  • The Best Body Illuminators
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  • Olay's Quench Daily Lotion Plus Shimmer
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    Olay Quench Daily Lotion Plus Shimmer ($5)

    This lotion-meets-highlighter is like a gateway formula: it soaks in like regular moisturizer, hydrates with vitamins E and B3, and packs a light-catching sheen. Apply all over your body for a shimmer that’s more dinner out than discotheque.

  • E.l.f. Essential Shimmer with Brush
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    E.l.f. Essential Shimmer with Brush ($2)

    Like face makeup, a powder formula’s easier to work with than a cream, making this highlighter perfect for quick application on your shoulders, collarbone, or anywhere else the sun hits.

  • Benefit Take a Picture it Lasts Longer
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    Benefit Take a Picture it Lasts Longer ($30)

    Don’t let the quirky name fool you, this formula is the subtlest version on our list--and happens to be Mustaparta’s go-to. Its balmy texture leaves your limbs looking dewy and is virtually undetectable under even the brightest lights. 

  • Josie Maran’s Argan Illuminizer
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    Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer ($28)

    It might look dark, but Maran’s formula blends beautifully into skin, leaving a delicate shimmer behind. Warm up a few pumps in the palm of your hand and dab directly onto skin or mix into your face or body lotion for a lit-from-within glow all over.

  • Hard Candy Glow All The Way
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    Hard Candy Glow All The Way ($8)

    The most concentrated illuminator on our list, Hard Candy’s formula actually is dance floor-ready. It comes in four shades ranging from the pink-based Doll Face to Deep Tan. Apply to just moisturized skin to ensure the formula soaks in fully--and remember, a little goes a long way.

  • Miracle Skin Transformer Body SPF 20
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    Miracle Skin Transformer Body SPF 20 ($34)

    If you’re after a product that illuminates, evens skin tone, and protects, this is for you. In fact, think of Miracle Body’s formula as a BB Cream for your body--it blurs imperfections with a slight sheen and a subtle tint, perfect for legs that haven’t seen the sun yet this season. Bonus? Its SPF 20 formula protects too, making it ideal for all those summer daytime BBQs.

  • Sephora Illuminating Bronzing Oil
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    Sephora Illuminating Bronzing Oil ($14)

    Want to look like you just stepped off the beach? A few spritzes of this coconut-scented oil and you’ll smell like it, too. Vitamin E, grape seed and passion fruit oil moisturize, protect, and deliver antioxidants, while bronze pigments subtly highlight skin.

  • Nars Laguna Body Illuminator
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    Nars Laguna Body Illuminator ($45)

    Inspired by the success of the brand’s Laguna Face Bronzer, this creamy formula works equally well for a girls’ night out as it does at brunch. Smooth onto legs and shoulders for an after-dark glow, or mix a dollop into your body lotion for a day-appropriate sheen.

We take beauty tips from models very seriously, so when model-turned-blogger Hanneli Mustaparta told Vogue the secret to her perfect legs was body illuminator, we launched an investigation. What did we find? Subtle formulas that cleverly reflect light for a gently glow have replaced the nightclub-ready formulas of the past. We’ve rounded up the best options, from Mustaparta’s favorite to vacation-ready bronze body oil, and we promise there’s nary a glittery product in the bunch.

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