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Top 10 tips for using an illuminator for a healthy glow

Top 10 tips for using an illuminator for a healthy glow

Becca Author: Ummema Chutani

Beauty

Top 10 tips for using an illuminator for a healthy glow

Dewy, glowing skin is the must-have beauty look for summer—and liquid illuminators (aka highlighters and strobing products) can help you achieve it. These products are easy to wear, look natural and—best of all—they don’t feel heavy on your skin even at the height of summer heat. What you may not know is that liquid illuminators are one of the most versatile products in the beauty industry. We’ve compiled a list of our top ten ways to use a liquid illuminator and included our favourite product picks.

1. Spot placing

The easiest way to wear a liquid highlighter is on its own over foundation, powder or even bare skin. Dab the product only in areas you want to emphasize. Think: cheekbones, centre of the forehead, tip of the nose and Cupid’s bow.

2. With skincare

If you want to skip makeup on a hot, summer day but you still want a bit of radiance, mix a few drops of illuminator with your favourite moisturizer or SPF lotion. Remember to use non-greasy skincare to avoid too much shine.

3. With foundation

You may own a high-coverage matte or satin foundation but you want a sheer, dewy finish for summertime. Mix a few drops of illuminator with your foundation to get a dewy, subtle radiance.

4. With concealer

Mix a drop of illuminator with a cream or liquid concealer to reflect light under the eyes. This will create the illusion of a bright, well-rested face.

5. As a primer

Use your illuminator as a primer under your foundation or mattifying powder. This will diffuse the glow and the creaminess will also anchor makeup to stay in place. Perfect for those with oily skin.

6. On the eyes

No time for makeup in the morning? Use an illuminator on your eyes. Skip eyeshadow and dab your illuminator—of different colour—on the brow bone, eyelid and inner corners of the eyes for a brightening effect.

7. With blush

Layering a liquid illuminator under a blush can alter the finish of the blush and provide a whole new dimension to your face makeup. Just remember to use a light hand and blend well.

8. With liquid/cream bronzer

To add extra oomph to your sun-kissed look, mix a drop or two of illuminator with your liquid bronzer. Or do the opposite and mix a little cream bronzer into the illuminator for sheer, all-over colour.

9. Collar bones and décolletage

Emphasize your collarbone or enhance your bust by applying illuminator to the highest points (or where the light would naturally hit). It’s a trick makeup artists swear by for red carpet events.

10. On the lips

Instantly plump up your pout by dabbing the highlight to the centre of your lips after you've applied your colour. Or mix your liquid illuminator with lipgloss for extra dimension.

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Our top 10 illuminator picks

E.L.F.

Mineral Face Primer in Radiant Glow, $8, walmart.ca.

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Our top 10 illuminator picks

L'Oreal Paris

True Match Lumi Liquid glow illuminator, $15, walmart.ca.

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Our top 10 illuminator picks

Buxom

Divine Goddess Luminizer, $35, sephora.ca.

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Our top 10 illuminator picks

Benefit

Sun Beam Golden-Bronze Liquid Highlighter, $34, sephora.ca.

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Our top 10 illuminator picks

Hard Candy

Look Pro! Illuminate & Strobing Mix-In Drops in White Pearl, $9, walmart.ca.

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Our top 10 illuminator picks

Joe Fresh

Illuminating Primer in champagne, $16, shoppersdrugmart.ca.

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Our top 10 illuminator picks

Koh Gen Do

Aqua Foundation Illuminator in Sheer Beige, $47, sephora.ca.

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Our top 10 illuminator picks

NYX

Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Sun Goddess, $11, nyxcosmetics.ca.

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Our top 10 illuminator picks

Becca

Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal, $50, sephora.ca.

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Our top 10 illuminator picks

Charlotte Tilbury

Wonderglow, $65, holtrenfrew.com.

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