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The best skin illuminators for ultra-lightweight, radiant coverage

The best skin illuminators for ultra-lightweight, radiant coverage
Penny Lafferty
Writer and expert10 months ago
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As we continue to celebrate all things summer beauty, there’s only one look on our minds. The no makeup-makeup trend remains strong through sunny season 2023, famed for lightweight, barely-there coverage that instantly brings skin back to life.

The best way to achieve the natural-looking, glowing skin of your dreams? You’ll need a liquid illuminator, designed to bronze, unify and illuminate your complexion – and we’ve rounded up the very best ones right here…

The best liquid illuminators for glowing skin

Iconic London Illuminator

Gifting skin an instant glow, the Iconic London Illuminator is loved by influencers and beauty editors alike. You can mix with foundation, moisturiser, primer or wear alone for a customisable, lit-from-within radiance, available in a range of shades to complement your skin tone. Plus, the formula is vegan and cruelty-free!

Lumene Invisible Illumination Instant Glow Beauty Serum

Combining skincare benefits with a skin-perfecting glow, this skin tint seals in hydration while casting a sheer, luminous effect across your skin. The brightening blend of Nordic willowherb, Nordic algae and vitamin E imparts a radiant finish, and the illuminator can be worn alone or as primer for an ultra-glowy base.

NYX Professional Makeup Born to Glow! Liquid Illuminator

From your cheekbones to your cupid’s bow, this liquid illuminator graces your look with a lit-from-within shimmer. The versatile formula can be mixed with a foundation, worn alone or used as a highlighter to bring subtle radiance and dimension to any complexion. If you’re searching for a natural-looking, strobe-like luminosity, this product could be the one for you!

MAC Mini Strobe Cream Primer

For those who are looking to glow on-the-go, MAC’s Mini Strobe Cream in ‘Pinklite’ is the ultimate luminosity booster. The primer helps to combat signs of dullness and fatigue, bringing skin back to life with an illuminating cocktail or green tea and iridescent particles. Perfect for holidays!

Rodial Soft Focus Glow Drops

Acting as an illuminating makeup primer, this skin-perfecting serum bridges the gap between skincare and makeup. The glowing formula imparts a subtle, rosy-hued shimmer, laying down a soft-focus effect to help blur the look of imperfections while enhancing your skin with newfound radiance.

Pai Skinare The Impossible Glow Hyaluronic Acid and Sea Kelp

Don’t wait – illuminate with Pai’s glow-boosting drops. Equipped with a handy pipette applicator, the illuminating formula is infused with naturally-derived bronzing pigment to help reflect and refract light, creating a custom glow that works for your skin type. Add to your daily moisturiser and SPF for added glow, or wear alone for natural-looking radiance.

Penny Lafferty
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