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How to Use Luminizer or Illuminator

How (and Why) to Use a Luminizer

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Luminizer is one of those things professional makeup artists are always talking about using, but it doesn't make the essential-product list for most women. The thing is, it definitely should be, because luminizer is one of the smartest products around. So to find out what luminizer can actually do for you, and how you can use it to look fabulous, just keep reading.

"Luminizer" is a loose term for a bunch of products with ground-up mica and other shiny minerals in them. The mineral dust refracts light, so when it's applied to your skin, it helps soften problem spots and highlight the areas that light hits. This means that it can both make under-eye circles look less harsh and play up your cheekbones. When used sparingly, it can also make skin look dewy and healthy.

Because of its softening abilities, people often assume that they can substitute luminzer for concealer. No dice. Luminizer is much better when mixed with or applied over your concealer, especially when it comes to under the eyes or covering scars/zits. It's usually lighter than your own skin tone and very transparent.

To highlight areas instead of softening, sweep a small amount of luminizer along the tops of your cheekbones before you put on your blush or bronzer, and place touches of it in the area right under your eyebrows. Some people also create an ultra-subtle stripe down the center of their noses to give their faces more symmetry. Experiment to see what works well for you.

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lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
Wow; thank you both. The more I think about it; I think the main problem with the way my finished face looks is my powder - even though I use a very light dusting, it still looks like too much. I'll definitely be looking into some of these products, especially that Mufe HD Powder. Thank you!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
Wow, that was a lot! I hope something in there helps.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
Lizlee, I use all of those products and it looks natural. I have light, beige toned skin that is mostly normal/optimal with some seasonal dryness and/or oiliness in areas.I use MUFE HD Primer in 0 (OK, sometimes I skip this step and just use Perricone Ceramic Skin Smoother, but I never skip both), MUFE HD Foundation in 118 (to give you an idea of my skin tone), MUFE HD Concealer for undereye concealing, MUFE Full Cover for spot concealing, YSL Touche Eclat as a luminizer, and MUFE HD Powder to set everything. (I know you didn't ask about it, but I use Nars blush and/or MUFE Mat Bronze. I feel that they both go on lighter than some other powder blushes/bronzers, which could be one reason I'm not looking cakey.) I just do these steps (it sounds like a lot, but it's really quite fast), curl my lashes, use several coats of black mascara and a nude lip plumper (LipFusion in Bare) and it looks natural but put-together. I know you said you're not interested in changing your current routine, but I really feel the MUFE products make a huge difference, at least for me. Or maybe you're not using the right moisturizer? Oh, I also use the Sephora brand Professional Platinum Air Brush (#55) for my foundation instead of a traditional flat foundation brush. I believe it makes the foundation go on a little lighter.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
Lizlee, I use all of those products and it looks natural. I have light, beige toned skin that is mostly normal/optimal with some seasonal dryness and/or oiliness in areas. I use MUFE HD Primer in 0 (OK, sometimes I skip this step and just use Perricone Ceramic Skin Smoother, but I never skip both), MUFE HD Foundation in 118 (to give you an idea of my skin tone), MUFE HD Concealer for undereye concealing, MUFE Full Cover for spot concealing, YSL Touche Eclat as a luminizer, and MUFE HD Powder to set everything. (I know you didn't ask about it, but I use Nars blush and/or MUFE Mat Bronze. I feel that they both go on lighter than some other powder blushes/bronzers, which could be one reason I'm not looking cakey.) I just do these steps (it sounds like a lot, but it's really quite fast), curl my lashes, use several coats of black mascara and a nude lip plumper (LipFusion in Bare) and it looks natural but put-together. I know you said you're not interested in changing your current routine, but I really feel the MUFE products make a huge difference, at least for me. Or maybe you're not using the right moisturizer? Oh, I also use the Sephora brand Professional Platinum Air Brush (#55) for my foundation instead of a traditional flat foundation brush. I believe it makes the foundation go on a little lighter.
lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
ladyv; I had a feeling that's how someone would respond - I should have added that I used to work as makeup consultant for both AVON and Sephora and I know a lot about makeup. in addition, I also have used many different kinds of makeup; different brands and kinds of foundation (tinted moisturizer, mousse, etc) and they all end up looking the same way. so it has nothing to with the kind of makeup I'm using; it might be my skin or something but I definitely know my makeup. what I want to know is if anyone actually uses all these products together (concealer, luminzer, foundation, and powder; we won't even include primer) and ends up with nice makeup that does not look too cakey. if so; what products are you using and what kind of skin do you have? it's really just out of curiousity; I like my personal regimin and will probably not change it; but I just wonder if these tips are actually realistic for everyday use...
lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
ladyv; I had a feeling that's how someone would respond - I should have added that I used to work as makeup consultant for both AVON and Sephora and I know a lot about makeup. in addition, I also have used many different kinds of makeup; different brands and kinds of foundation (tinted moisturizer, mousse, etc) and they all end up looking the same way. so it has nothing to with the kind of makeup I'm using; it might be my skin or something but I definitely know my makeup.what I want to know is if anyone actually uses all these products together (concealer, luminzer, foundation, and powder; we won't even include primer) and ends up with nice makeup that does not look too cakey. if so; what products are you using and what kind of skin do you have? it's really just out of curiousity; I like my personal regimin and will probably not change it; but I just wonder if these tips are actually realistic for everyday use...
ladyv ladyv 6 years
Lizlee89, it could be that you're using products that are too heavy for your skin. If you need a foundation, you probably only need a very light dusting of finishing or blotting powder to set it and mattify... you don't need a full coverage powder on top of full coverage foundation (that will definitely look too heavy and cakey!). I'd suggest going to Sephora or Mac and having them do a consultation for your skin type, and they can also point out some products that work for you.
lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
am I the only one who does not find using soooo many different products (concealer, luminizer, in some cases primer, foundation, powder, and blush) on my face completely unrealistic? I use foundation, powder, and blush and I have to pat it down because it ends up looking so cakey and obvious that I'm wearing tons of makeup. I can't imagine how much worse it would look if I added two or three more products. I understand why an amalgamation of products work for photography; but human eyes pick up a lot more than cameras do...
Retro-Bunny Retro-Bunny 6 years
Skigurl: I'm not sure if luminizer would be the best thing to use to cover up a zit, considering it's meant to enhance and draw attention to the areas it's applied on. Maybe just simple cover-up/concealer with a green-tint to cancel out the red blemish would be the best solution!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 6 years
skigurl, I've heard that you can mix it with your foundation by dotting a little of the Moon Beam/High Beam on the top of your hand, and then put a little bit of your foundation on top of it, mix them together, and then apply on top of the zits. I just use my concealer to cover up my breakouts and use highlighter or luminizer just for aesthetics, but you can certainly mix it with your cover-up of choice for zits :-)myystque, there are great video tutorials of applying Moon Beam and High Beam on Youtube. I learned a few tricks from there, and they're highly worth checking out :-)
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 6 years
skigurl, I've heard that you can mix it with your foundation by dotting a little of the Moon Beam/High Beam on the top of your hand, and then put a little bit of your foundation on top of it, mix them together, and then apply on top of the zits. I just use my concealer to cover up my breakouts and use highlighter or luminizer just for aesthetics, but you can certainly mix it with your cover-up of choice for zits :-) myystque, there are great video tutorials of applying Moon Beam and High Beam on Youtube. I learned a few tricks from there, and they're highly worth checking out :-)
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
Would NARS Albatross qualify?
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
Would NARS Albatross qualify?
FrankiLee FrankiLee 6 years
I could not go a day without using my luminizer. It is an absolute must!
myystque myystque 6 years
Does anyone have more specific tips for luminizer use? I bought either the Moonbeam or Highbeam but never use it because I always end up putting on too much. If you mix it with foundation, how much should you use? And do I have to wear it with bronzer/blush? I have rosacea so my cheeks are always too red even without blush.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
does anyone (Bella or UrbanBohemian) know how i can use my highbeam to cover 2 lovely zits i have right now?!?!?!?! help me!!!!! weirdly this post came up today as i was literally thinking about this this morning and hoping i could come up with something!!
skigurl skigurl 6 years
does anyone (Bella or UrbanBohemian) know how i can use my highbeam to cover 2 lovely zits i have right now?!?!?!?! help me!!!!!weirdly this post came up today as i was literally thinking about this this morning and hoping i could come up with something!!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 6 years
Benefit's Moonbeam and Highbeam are staples in my cosmetics collection. I love them soooo much!
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
thanks for the tips :)
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
thanks for the tips :)
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