How To Use An Illuminator 

Fake than instant summer glow with the use of a pigmented illuminator which is perfect for all skin types.

Not only are there a variety of products available for your budget, but they’re so quick and easy to apply! Follow our guide on how to use your illuminator for that youthful, summer glow.

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Take a small swatch of your product and apply it into the centre of your forehead. We promise it won’t make you look like a disco ball! If you’re scared about this step, mix a drop of illuminator into your foundation for an instant glow.


Take your ring finger and lightly dab it down the bridge of your nose. This gives your entire face a subtle glow, and lightly contours the nose making it appear smaller. Use in conjunction with a matte bronzer to achieve a sun-kissed look.


One of the best places to apply illuminator if you’re on-the-go are the cheekbones. Dab lightly on the higher angles of your cheekbones leading into the hairline.

If you feel like you’ve applied too much product, mix a drop of your foundation and it will conceal any mistakes. Imagine that you’re drawing a semi-circle, and keep the illuminator away from the inner corner of your eyes.


More specifically, keep the product above your brows. This not only frames the face in a beautiful way, but creates an almost luminous finish to your makeup. Keep a powder handy in case your face gets oily throughout the day, and blot regularly.


Finish up the entire look by applying any leftover product on your cupids bow. This is the area just above your upper lip. It creates the illusion of full, enhanced lips without any surgery!

How To Use An Illuminator 

1. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, $66

2. Tom Ford Skin Illuminator, $100

3. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, $57

4. Nars Illuminator in Copacobana, $39

Image via Vasanti Cosmetics