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Monday, March 17, 2014

MAKEUP WARS: Favorite Illuminizers

The weather has taken (what is hopefully) one last dive before spring, so I'm distracting myself with the products I'll use to lighten my look up for the coming warmer months! In this week's Makeup Wars, we're dishing on one of my favorite ways to revamp a tired winter look: illuminizers! Worn alone to highlight the high points of your face and get a lit-from-within look, or mixed with foundation to get a serious all-over glow, there are illuminators that do it all - here are my favorites:
  1. Benefit's High Beam - Although I've only actually had it for a few days now, it was love at first glow. This liquid illuminator has a pink pearlescent base that blends out to a cool soft glow, but can also be layered for a little more drama on a night out. Bonus: the creamy formula blends seamlessly over other liquid or powder bases without disturbing them.
  2. Physician's Formula Naturally Nude Palette for Face & Eyes -  Great for powder lovers, half of this palette includes finely milled shimmer that combines soft white, pink, and rose gold shimmer for a neutral, natural look highlight. The other half contains shades that create a beautiful shimmery bronze. In addition to creating a soft-focus ethereal glow when applied as a highlight, each of the 12 shades included in this palette can be used as eye shadows!
  3. it Cosmetics Hello Light Créme Illuminator - It's nearly identical to Benefit's High Beam with its pearly pink undertones, but will appeal to those who feel more comfortable applying cream products. I find the cream texture also makes it easier to apply to the inner corner of my eyes and brow bone!
  4. Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer - This champagne-hued liquid luminizer is great to use as you would most illuminators - to highlight the tops of your cheek bones, bridge of your nose, and cupid's bow. But it's also my favorite to mix with foundation to get a natural looking all-over glow! The warmer undertones ensure it won't throw off your foundation coloring, and the ultra-fine shimmer keep your face from looking like it had a run-in with with Ke$ha. 
Do you have a favorite illuminator you're excited to whip out this spring?