Get Glowing: 11 Must-Try Illuminators

Wondering how to get skin that “glows from within”? We have the secret: illuminators. Whether used on the face or body, they create an ethereal glow and perfect-looking skin.

More subtle than highlighters, illuminators contain pearlized pigments like mica that either reflect or diffuse light to even out your skin tone. “This gives skin a fresh look," says Dolce & Gabbana national makeup artist Christian McCulloch. "As we age, skin loses moisture, which makes it harder for it to look radiant."  


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Armani Fluid Sheer

With 12 different shades to choose from, Armani Fluid Sheer can be blended into your foundation or worn solo to even out skin while providing a brightening effect. $59, saks.com
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Buxom Divine Goddess Luminizer

Whether you use Buxom Divine Goddess Luminizer on your face or body, 
it leaves behind a natural-looking sheen 
that isn’t streaky or heavy. $28, sephora.com
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Dolce & Gabbana The Illuminator Powder

Housed in a gold, gush-worthy case, this powder brushes on fairly sheer, but leaves behind a hint of reflective shimmer to make your facial features pop. $50, saks.com

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Edward Bess All Over Seduction

With its supercreamy texture, Edward Bess All Over Seduction plays up the cheeks, eyes and lips and leaves behind a slightly dewy finish. $38, sephora.com

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Ilia Illuminator

This pearlescent-colored Ilia Illuminator effortlessly glides onto skin and adds dimension and a dewy-looking finish without any greasy feel. $34, iliabeauty.com

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La Bella Donna Highlighter Luminere

Boasting a super lightweight texture, La Bella Donna Highlighter Luminere works double-duty, imparting a radiant, healthy glow while nourishing and hydrating skin with jojoba oil. $30, labelladonna.com

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MAKE UP FOREVER Uplight Face Luminizer Gel

Formulated with pearls that reflect light for skin that looks perfect, this oil-free, lightweight gel can be worn on the lids, lips, cheeks and collarbone. $29, sephora.com

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M·A·C Cosmetics Strobe Cream

A makeup artist staple, M·A·C Cosmetics Strobe Cream acts like an instant refresher for drab-looking skin. It hydrates and brightens with iridescent particles that aren’t too glittery or shimmery. $31, maccosmetics.com
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NARS Illuminator

The iconic NARS Illuminator comes in four different shades so you can mix and match them—or wear just one—to precisely match your skin tone. $30, narscosmetics.com
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Stila All Over Shimmer Duo

With two hues of a pale, iridescent pink illuminating powder, Stila All Over Shimmer Duo is great for adding a bit of sheen to the cheeks. Plus, it can also be used on the eyes. $22, stilacosmetics.com

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MAKE Illuminating Primer

Most primers lack pearlized pigments. MAKE Illuminating Primer comes out as a blue-green color, but, once dry, it leaves skin matte with a 
radiant glow. $32, weseebeauty.com

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6 Comments
  • Carolyn Qualls
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    Love all of the items .

  • Jamie
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    Fantastic product! sometimes hard to get due to popularity but by far one of most favorite/must haves for my face. Highly recommend!

  • Cathy
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    I love Nars illuminator! This really is the best and very long lasting.

  • kate
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    two thing. prescriptives Vibrant-C is an amazing sheen, pick-up, moisturizer, just awesome. and number two, Edward Bess is a gifted charismatic person. If you're in Bergdorf's or Neiman's in beverly Hills, go in and meet him, you will adore him..

  • Joan Leonard
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    very nice

  • Jennifer Gepfrey
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    Love this