Sometimes we just want a little glow to our summer complexion without the use of the sun. Luminizers are the easiest (and safest) way to give you a sheer glow without looking too bronzey or too highlighted. It’s the in-between of the two. Wear these with or without makeup for a little skin pick-me-up that will make it look refreshed and, of course, illuminated.
NARS Copacabana Illuminator
This light-reflecting illuminator will enhance your complexion and give it a sheer glow. It’s a neutral, icy pink that can work with any skin tone. Available online at NARS Cosmetics, $30.
Benefit Cosmetics High Beam
This illuminator will give you a dewy, ready-for-summer glow. Swipe a little on your cheeks and brows for a little highlight or mix with your face makeup for an all-over glow. Available at Benefit Cosmetics, $26.
Stila Stay All Day 10-In-One HD Illuminator
This high definition illuminator has beauty balm and SPF 30, which not many illuminators have. So if you’re looking for one with an SPF, this is a great choice. The beauty balm gives your skin a youthflow glow and the oil-free formula keeps oily skin a little less oily throughout the day. Mix a drop of this with your foundation for an illuminating glow. Available online at Stila Cosmetics, $38.
Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact
If you’re looking for a non-liquid illuminator, this baked illuminator will give your face an ultrasmooth look, natural color and a soft matte radiance. It’s also long-wearing and promises to last up to eight hours. Available at Sephora, $36.
Koh Gen Do Aqua Illuminator
This illuminator will give you HD coverage with a sheer glow. Apply sparingly for the perfect amount of light reflection and blend it onto your face after you apply foundation. This water-based illuminator will give you bright skin with a natural finish. Available at Barneys New York, $39.
Tom Ford Illuminating Powder
Not only does this illuminating powder give you a radiant glow, it’s ideal for covering up redness or problem areas throughout the face. Available at Nordstrom, $75.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Illuminating Beauty Balm SPF 30
Use this illuminator for the face and the body—it’s perfect to achieve a sheer, luminous glow. The Naked line by Urban Decay is all about looking natural, so you can feel confident that this will give you a natural looking finish, as well, while also blurring flaws. Available online at Urban Decay, $34.
Smashbox Halo Highlighting Wand
Though this is, technically, a highlighter, it can also be used to illuminize your face, as well. If you have certain features you want to use this on, it’s easier to do so with this precision wand. Available online at Smashbox Cosmetics, $32.
Make Up For Ever Uplight Face Luminizer Gel
This oil-free luminizer is a gel that highlights your face for an all over, natural glow. It’s enriched with precious pearls that catch and reflect lighting and the uplight gives you a radiant glow. It goes on light considering it’s made out of 70 percent water and also includes a mango butter for moisture. Available at Sephora, $29.
Guerlain Meteorites Pearls Stardust Illuminating Powder
Another ideal choice for a powder form of an illuminator. This contains a spherical pigment contained within each pearl to give you the ultimate, upscale glow. This carefully crafted to make sure light reflects off of your skin in the most appealing way. Available at Neiman Marcus, $60.