REVIEW: Illuminators and the light within

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REVIEW: Illuminators and the light within

Phoebe Taylor London Makeup Artist Blog

Photos by Melissa Uren

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Ever wondered how those models have that envious luminous skin to die for, as if they have drank from the mysterious fountain of youth and just glow from the within?

Rare are the days of the “Matte” skin movement (insert the 90’s), the 2000’s and beyond is all about youthful glow and shimmering skin.

The old saying goes ” You always want what you can’t have”, generally speaking skin that tends to be on the dry/dehydrated side lacks luster and radiance and these are the kind of skin types that love that goddess glow, but this does not limit skin that is naturally more oily or prone to shine?

The good news is illuminators don’t discriminate, they come in different textures and colours; liquids, creams & powders, suitable for even the most shiniest and driest of skins with a wide range of colours to suit all skin tones.

Below are some of my top picks for a broad range of skins and effects, click the links to shop.

Phoebe Taylor Makeup Artist Blog LondonMAC Strobe Cream


Amazing to mix with foundation or apply before foundation, it’s hydrating formula is loaded with vitamins and  green tea to give radiance to tired, dull complexions,  It’s iridecent particles enhance the effect of light on the skin. Suitable for all skin types, fantastic for a dull complexion lacking hydration.

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NARS “The Multiple” in Copacabana


A creamy formula in a convenient stick form, glides onto bare skin under foundation as well layered on top.  Comes in 13 shades with Copacabana topping my list, enriched with antioxidants such as Vitamin E and Acai oil, it glides on effortlessly, is lightweight and can be used on eyes, lips and cheeks.

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MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in “Soft & Gentle”


This is a high frost, highly light reflective powder that when dusted over the cheekbones and eyes gives a soft focus finish with a beautiful shimmer. Ideal for all skin types, however is a great choice for an oily skin type as it’s lightweight and breathable. The shade selection not only is great for all skin tones but can create a subtle glow or for high impact shine.


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Kryolan Shimmering Event Foundation


Designed to be a superior transparent evening makeup, this product is formulated with advanced emulsifiers which make it comfortable for sensitive skin,  highly light reflective, lightweight and available in 8 shades, mixes well with foundation or used alone.


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 MAC Cream Color Base in “Shell”


Multi- use product that can be applied under foundation, or on top, best applied with either a brush or fingertips, favorite shades include Luna, Pearl, Hush & Improper Copper, great product for every skin tone and skin type.

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The Body Shop Radiant Highlighter


Once again a great product for use before foundation application or mixed in, this is a creamy but blendable formula, has a pink pearl iridescence and is also lovely dabbed on the cheeks with fingertips.


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NARS Highlighting Blush in “Albatross”


A light reflecting powder that gives skin illmunious dimension, Albatross is a stunning white gold illuminator that can be worn alone or with other cheeks products, it’s a great alternative to a pearl colored illuminator for that tropical sun kissed look.


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NARS Illuminator in “Orgasm”


The brands cult classic “Orgasm Blush” made into a luxurious liquid, creates a natural looking veil of light applied before foundation, or mix a little bit with foundation for that added glow, quiet sheer and subtle but don’t be fooled less is definitely more with this product, comes in 6 shades including Copacabana.

What’s your favorite illuminators? Leave me a comment :)

P x

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