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What Different Luminizers Do

How to Pick the Right Luminizer

Using luminizer can take you from looking halfway hungover to fab in just a couple minutes if you know how to use it. But even if you're armed with mad luminizing skills, getting the right texture and formula for your particular illuminating needs can be tricky. To take the guesswork out of finding the product that's right for you, just keep reading.

  • Different textures are better for different issues, so before you pick up a product, see whether it's a liquid, cream, pencil, or powder.
  • Liquids are best for highlighting ares like the tops of your cheekbones and for creating overall facial luminosity under makeup. Liquids are generally the most concentrated formulas, so a little goes an extremely long way.
  • For the under-eye area, a cream luminizer is best. They're thicker than other formulas, which is great for dark circles. They're more moisturizing, too, so you won't end up with dried-out concealer and a pasty look.
  • If you just want light overall luminizing, or want oil control to mattify, a powder luminizer is your best bet.
  • Luminizing pencils are really only for lining the rims and lids of your eyes, but it's good to have one. Using them makes you look more alert and refracts redness without looking harsh or made up the way traditional white eyeliners can.
  • Check out the widget below for examples of different luminizer types.
Join The Conversation
lolrabbit lolrabbit 7 years
I like the body shop highlighter (liquid) and have been using it to highlight my non-existent nose bridge. :) a great product, i must say. and true, a little goes a long way. :) i am so going to try it for undereye circle.. :))
Advah Advah 7 years
I agree with taylvs3, I've had the Copacabana stick for over a year and I love it. Maybe it's all in my head, but the days I forget about it my makeup looks dull to me.
Faylinn Faylinn 7 years
Thank you, taylvs3! I'll check those out next time I'm out shopping.
AtelierBeautyDOTCOM AtelierBeautyDOTCOM 7 years Red Earth's Secret Potion is my go-to product
taylvs3 taylvs3 7 years
For a creme luminizer, try NARS Copacabana. It's in stick form, and is a bit softer than a lipstick and much better. I would call it a pearl color, and it's perfect for cheek bones, brow bones, inner corner of the eye, and i sometimes use it as a brightening eye shadow. Also MAC creme color base in shell is a soft highlighter.
Faylinn Faylinn 7 years
I tried High beam and it's so shimmery. I didn't expect it.So I agree, it's very concentrated so that little bottle will last a long, long time. Bella, do you have any more recommendations for creme luminizers? I'm interested in buying one.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
I know that Wet 'n' Wild is usually not on the top of the list for good beauty products, but I really like their "bronzer" called Acapulco Glow. It's not really a bronzer, it's just called that. It seriously works wonders for brightening my super super pale skin! It is a powder formula.
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