How to apply Luminizer & Highlighter for a Natural Summer Glow

    Summer skin is the best skin - sun-kissed, healthy, and glowing.

    For us, it's all about dewy fresh looking skin. To achieve this look, we rely on a few of amazing highlighters that leave you glowing, not glittery. Our top 5 cream based highlighters and luminizers are from RMS Beauty, Ilia Beauty and Tata Harper. With natural and organic ingredients they are paraben and sulphate and will leave you feeling guilt free and glowing all summer long.

    Whether your skin is oily, dry or combination these products will be sure to suit your needs. Used alone, under or on top of your foundation you will be sure to achieve your desired look.

    The reason we tend towards creams, especially with warmer weather, is due to their blend-ability and lack of powdery-cake finish (which just adds age to any face). Creams are great on the go, ie. road trips, heading to the lake and glamping, and can be easily applied and blended in with your fingertips. If tend to be a little heavy handed a Beauty Blender is your perfect match to help dab and blend on just the right amount of glow.

    Using strategic placement, highlighting can help to brighten the complexion and bring freshness and subtle structure to the face.
    Apply to the top of the cheek and brow bone for the appearance of a high cheekbone. A little highlighter applied to the inner corner of the eyes will make them look bigger, brighter and more awake.

    A great way to cheat that glow from within, is to mix highlighter with moisturizer and apply under foundation. When applied to the center for the lips and on top of the cupids bow, you help give the illusion of a fuller lip.

    Tata Harper Very Illuminatingis a pearlescent luminizer that delivers brightening and highlighting effects for an overall dewy, healthy looking radiance. Its creamy formula goes on sheer, catching and reflecting light to brighten the look of the areas that the sun would naturally illuminate for a subtle glow.

     You can build this product for a more dramatic look or lightly apply for a more natural look.


    RMS Master Mixeris all the rage. The luminous rose gold hue is this season’s most flattering tone for face and body. Subtly gilding and perfecting skin with a warm, golden tone and ‘lit from within’ effect. Mix in with your tinted moisturizer for an all over glow or to accent the cheekbones, either way you can’t go wrong with this product.

    Rose Marie Swift does a Master Mixture tutorial here with this rose golden goodness.

    rms beauty master mixer tutorial from rms beauty on Vimeo.



    RMS Living Luminizeris a cool tone based highlight that we can’t get enough of - it's the ultimate illuminator for creating a sensuous, sheer, luminous glow. It’s sheerness adds the perfect light to the cheekbones, corner of the eyes, above the lip or under the brow.

    We also love this video with the Living Luminizer, learn directly from Rose-Marie! The luminizer should go right on your cheekbones, not above which most people do. 

    rms beauty living luminizer tutorial from rms beauty on Vimeo.


    Ilia Polka Dots and Moonbeamsis the most subtle of all these highlighters, with a beige/neutral undertone, giving a super subtle glow.

    Here is a great video from Ilia on how to apply Polka Dots and Moonbeams

    Ilia Cosmic Danceris similar to Polka Dots and Moonbeams, but with a warmer more golden tone. Apply to cheekbones, brow bones, inner corner of eyes, bridge of nose and pout of lower lip for a fresh, dewy glow.

    What about you? What makes your skin glow?


    Looking for more "how to get glowing skin"? Have a gander at Beauty By Britanie. She's a green beauty blogger and makeup artist who uses and loves many of the same product obsessions that we have. 



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