rms beauty™ Living Luminizer, $38
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RMS beauty™ Living Luminizer is a cult favorite among women who know a thing or two about makeup. And for good reason. This product will give your skin a sheer, glowing look without excessive shine or sparkle found in cheaper products.
It's also packed with good-for-you ingredients, including coconut oil, rosemary extract, and vitamin E.
It's true that it's pricey compared to the other products on this list, but it will last forever, so it's an investment worth making.
Benefit Cosmetics High Beam Liquid Highlighter, $26
As the good people at Birchbox put it, "We don’t know about you, but if we had three beauty wishes, we’d go for killer cheekbones, glowing skin, and great lighting wherever we went." Since our resident genie seems to have gone missing, we rely on wonderous products instead. A perpetual award winner, Benefit’s High Beam Liquid Highlighter subtly highlights and enhances your features— a necessity when you want to draw a little extra attention.
This is a great product for illuminating your face. You can also add a couple drops into your foundation or moisturizer for an all-over glow.
Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Eclat Radiant Touch, $32
One of Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Eclat concealers ($41) is sold every 20 seconds around the world.
Touche Eclat is more a highlighter than a concealer and is meant to "illuminate." As an illuminator, it works brilliantly. Simply dot just below the brow and under the eyes, along the nose and under the lip, and anywhere else on your face that collects shadows.
It's pricey, but it's also worth every penny.
LORAC Double Feature Concealer/Highlighter, $25
This is one of the 2-in-1 products people love because you can cover up under-eye circles with the concealer, blend it in with the blender ball, then pick up the highlighter to illuminate the spots you want to brighten.
And the best part? This product is formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, dyes or phthalates.
Jouer Highlighter, $22
This lightweight cream highlighter is beloved for instantly illuminating cheekbones, eyes and décolleté. And it comes in 3 colors: champagne, camellia and tiare.
In her interview with Into the Gloss, supermodel Elle MacPherson said, "I was never into makeup growing up, and I'm still not into makeup. Though, I can’t live without the Jouer Highlighter in Champagne. It’s become a really important part of my routine."
So there ya go.
theBalm® cosmetics Cindy-Lou Manizer®, $22
This all-in-one highlighter acts as a highlighter, eye shadow and a blush. This one is more peachy pink, the Mary-Lou Manizer is more of a honey hue, so keep that in mind if you are trying theBalm luminizers out.
Light-reflecting pigments make the shimmer natural and not too in your face. Sweep it on your cheeks, on your browbone, on your eyes or all over for a finishing touch.
One reviewer writes that it "adds a subtle glow without being overwhelming." She uses it on top of her blush and dabs a bit into the inside corners of her eyes.
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder, $24
So you have an illuminating cream and you have a pen, now what about a powder? This powder sets your makeup and stops the sheen like all powders, but it also gives you an almost imperceptible glow.
Formulated with light-reflecting micronized pigments, it won't set in fine lines and it's barely there so you won't look like a matte-faced, overly made-up clown.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush-On Glow BB Highlighter, $28.50
This is a beloved and hydrating illuminator that comes highly recommended by beauty fiends and product lovers. Not only will it give you a killer glow, but it's packed with healthy ingredients that will improve your skin in time.
bareMinerals Clear Radiance All-Over Face Color, $19
If you love mineral makeup, then this is your perfect product. Apply this in place of or over blush for an added gorgeous shimmery glow.
NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator, Under $10
You won't find a better product for such a cheap price. For budget-conscious gals, this is your best bet. And it comes in a variety of shades.