Although nothing can replace a naturally glowing complexion, well-placed luminizer can help. It diffuses light, making skin look fresh-faced and dewy and lips fuller.
One of the most coveted luminizers is the Living Luminizer by RMS Beauty. Used on J. Crew models, this sheer luminizer highlights using light-reflecting minerals (unlike typical highlighters with synthetic sparkly or glittery particles that look artificial up-close). Applied sparingly, it doesn’t make most skin types shiny or greasy even though it contains coconut oil.
The product can be applied to bare skin or over makeup. As with any luminizer, the key is to blend well and apply it to places that might naturally reflect light:
1. Over the cheekbones.
2. Down the center of your nose.
3. On the brow bones (under the outer half of the eyebrows).
4. Inner corner of the eyes.
5. On the bow of your lips.
6. On the collarbones or shoulders.
Although the container is small, a little goes a long way, but do know that it does fade over the course of the day.
While some luminizers tend to have either a pinkish or yellowish cast, the Living Luminizer gives a neutral, slightly silvery glow, making it suitable for many skin tones. Olive or darker skin or skin with very warm undertones may want to also check out Ilia Beauty’s Illuminator, which comes in Polka Dots and Moonbeams (a warmer highlighter) or Sway (darker, sun-kissed).
RMS Beauty Living Luminizer, $38, rmsbeauty.com