Need a bit of a boost? Is your skin looking a little lacklustre? We’ve rounded up some products that will give your skin the glow it deserves.

At any age, environmental factors can make skin look dull. So how can you up that glow factor?

If you use only one thing before heading out this summer, make it a luminizer. To get an instant glow, without the damaging effects of the sun, these products can be used to achieve a glistening complexion. For a more dramatic effect, add a bit of shimmer to your lids in the evenings to make your eyes stand out and sparkle!

A great complexion, though, starts off with a freshly prepped face. Makeup, creams or primers always look best on a smooth, clean surface. Once you’ve cleansed your face and moisturized, apply a light illuminator, or a bit of illuminator mixed in with your oil-free foundation, which will instantly give you a healthy, summer glow.

Other makeup, such as eyeshadow, blush or highlighting sticks can also add a radiant pop. By highlighting the inner corners of your eyes, you can instantly wake up eyes, and a bit of blush or highlighter on cheeks can add that sunlit glow.

To help get you started, here’s a list of products that will do the trick.



Benefit’s Watts Up!
Swipe this cream-to-powder highlighter on your cheek and brow bones, the bridge of your nose, and wherever the sun would naturally hit your face.
The soft champagne color will illuminate your skin and give you a natural-looking glow.





Stila Stay All Day® 10-In-One HD Illuminating Beauty Balm
Add a touch of illumination with this  oil-free formula that uses the smallest particle of coated pigments for seamless, smooth coverage.





Laura Mercier 
Tinted Moisturizer - IlluminatingThis lightweight, buildable sheer foundation formula delivers a youthful, radiant finish. The skin-friendly formula contains a unique Dewy Complex that is proven to keep the skin moisturized and better equipped to combat external aggressors and irritants. Layer this product with other foundations for a custom blend and radiant finish.





L’Oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator
This liquid highlighter can be used to mix in with your favorite foundation to illuminate your entire complexion, or used directly to highlight areas such as cheeks nose and forehead to get that sun-kissed look.




Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Color
Photographers call the natural light just before sunrise the “magic hour,”the best natural light for everyone’s complexion!  This cheek colour (see main image) was created to mimic this effect and give you a natural, healthy glow and can be dabbed onto cheeks and lips. Comes in different shades, too.


Urban DecayNaked Illuminated Shimmering Powder
A lightweight, baked powder for face and body with a sophisticated, microfine shimmer that instantly leaves skin with an iridescent shimmer.  You can swipe it on your cheeks and  collarbone to get a full glowing effect.




Givenchy Mister Radiant
This gel gives the face a transparent veil of luminous color. Formulated with three microspheres, this weightless gel freshens and moisturizes skin, enhancing the skin’s overall colour and glow.






Dior Illuminating Neutrals Eye Palette
Add a boost radiance to lids, and explore multifaceted, couture eye looks with Dior’s Illuminating Neutrals Eye Palette.




Clarins Blush Prodige Illuminating Cheek Colour
A silky, lightweight powder blush containing the perfect combination of mineral and plant extracts. Adds colour and luminosity to cheeks for an instant, healthy-looking glow. The stunning mosaic palette houses different shades and finishes, enabling you to illuminate your complexion and enhance its natural radiance and beauty.


Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush
This weightless, water-based blush, in an exclusive netted push pot, provides a sheer splash of color to the cheeks, giving a healthy-looking, fresh glow.




Maybelline Eye Studie Colour Plush Silk Eyeshadow in Taupe Temptress
This smooth formula with silk pigments creates a silky pop of colour that instantly awakens your eyes.



—by Toni-Marie Ippolito


Photo: Main image: © Smashbox cosmetics.

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