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

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How To Flawlessly Apply Illuminator

Illuminator is just one of those products which isn’t an essential in your makeup kit, but can make a difference when applied properly.

Just as you would with a highlighter, illuminators are used to emphasise light, and create the illusion of a chiseled face. Use on the cupids bow, cheekbones, and even mix into your foundation for a subtle glow.

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Dab a bit of product into your fingers, and carefully massage onto the centre of your forehead. Remember to use as little as possible, since less is always more with this look! Create an upside down triangle to bring dimension to the face, and blend well into the bridge of your nose to create extra depth.

Keep it simple by applying after your foundation, or mix a tiny amount into your foundation brush and blend into the skin.

Brow bone

A touch of illuminator on the brow bone is perfect for opening the eyes, and creating a soft glow. Wear a shimmery eyeshadow to keep consistent with the overall look.


Apply a cream illuminator onto the middle of your nose to make it look straight and slim. When contouring, use a bronze illuminator and work it into the bridge of your nose, then blend well with a small contouring brush.

How To Flawlessly Apply Illuminator


The best and easiest place to apply illuminator is on the very top of your cheeks. This is helpful since it really plays with the light, and creates the illusion of prominent cheekbones.

Cupids bow

Use any leftover product and gently pat it over your cupids bow after you’ve applied lipstick or liner. Blend it into your lip product for a sun-kissed glow, and bigger lips!


Accentuate the chin by applying some illuminator onto the bottom of your lips. This is ideal if you want to contour your face but don’t have enough time to use a bronzer and illuminator. It also creates the illusion of full, juicy lips.


Use any extra illuminator on your legs in lieu of shimmer, to give the illusion of toned and tanned limbs. Use on your calves and upper thighs, but remember to blend in well with your moisturiser for a subtle look.

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Beauty Tips For Dark Skin Tones

Are you often out of ideas when it comes to making your darker skin pop? Many specialised products and even internet forums promote tips which are often too good to be true – until now! Here are just a few ways you can use makeup to enhance your beautiful dark skin tone.

Powder foundation

If your skin doesn’t need too much concealing, switch up your standard liquid foundation for powder instead. Not only does it apply better on the skin, but it won’t clog your pores and will leave your skin looking dewy and gorgeous.


Use a cream illuminator to carve out those cheekbones and bring a subtle glow to your face. The best way to make this look natural is to pat the product into the skin with your fingers, since this will avoid those dreaded dry patches from appearing.

Set your makeup

You might find that your skin is much oiler and difficult to control if your foundation has been on all day long. Set your makeup with a powder every few hours to control the shine on your forehead, the sides of the nose, cheeks and chin. You can also set your makeup with a fine mist – perfect to carry in your handbag if you’re constantly on-the-go.


Keep your skin looking youthful and vibrant by moisturising every night before bed. Invest in a hydrating formula which will keep your skin nourished while you sleep. Look out for products with retinoids which also help against acne, discolouration and wrinkles.

Frosted eyeshadows

If you want to invest in just one high-end eyeshadow kit, the best option is either neutrals or frosted shades. These colours look beautiful on a darker skin tone since they draw the attention to the eyes, and create a multitude of day and night looks to suit any occasion.

Red lips

Avoid contrasting colours such as pale or nude lipsticks which will only wash out your skin tone. Nude lip colours should be darker than your natural skin colour, since anything lighter will only look like you’ve applied concealer all over your lips! Choose dark colours such as plum, red and wine which will create a saucy night time look!

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