You Glow Girl! The Best Illuminators and Highlighters for Spring/Summer

SUMMER is just around the corner it seems but after many, many, MANY long months of hiding our skin under layers of clothing, we’re in need of a little boost here at Pillow Magazine. 

From a shimmer on the cheeks to a bronze glow over the skin, these beauty products are here to lend a helping hand to looking your shimmering best.

Benefit has an amazing range of highlighters including the shimmering Champagne cream of Watt’s Up, the dazzling liquid veil of High Beam and the warm sunny bronze shimmer of Sun Beam or the gorgeous opalescent Girl Meets Pearl which appears in a liquid form when you twist the quirky tube packaging. All of them carry a different tone to highlight cheekbones but have amazing lasting power. (£19.50 – £24.50). Visit the Benefit Website here.

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Clinique’s Up-lighting liquid illuminator gives a gorgeous dewy glow to skin. In the ‘Natural’ shade I tested, it’s pale enough to be used all over the face. It also comes in Bronze and Blush which you may need to apply just to the high points of your face. The Natural shade, used alone, can add a gorgeous glow to your face or mix with your favourite foundation or moisturiser. (£21). Visit the Clinique Website here.

Elemis Pro-radiance Illuminating Flash Balm can be used daily as a primer and as a moisturiser, and promises to illuminate skin without any glitter or sparkle in the formula. It’s quite a thick texture and smooths over skin to impart a glow. It promises that when used under foundation, it won’t cling to it and cause that annoying ‘ball’ effect. It promises to revive your complexion and make your skin look naturally gorgeous. (It’s £32). Visit the Elemis website here.

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The Honey Bronze Dry Oil from The Body Shop contains lots of subtle sparkle and leaves you with a shimmering golden glow after rubbing this product over your skin. Feeling incredibly pale after the never-ending rain and snow over the last few months, this oil gave me the subtle boost I needed to feel confident enough to get my pale arms out this week. Best of all it doesn’t leave ANY sticky residue, doesn’t spill out of the bottle leaving your carpet stained and looks fab. (£16). Visit the Body Shop website here.

Lancome’s Eclat Miracle is a pale shimmering cream that you blend under your eyes, using the cream’s light-reflecting properties to reduce the appearance of dark circles and bags. This clever little product uses Byron – a silver liquid, five times smaller than the traditional mother of pearl used in foundations. It boosts reflection of the skin to maximise radiance. (£21). Visit the Lancome website here.

This Sheer Gold Shimmer from Liz Earle contains organic Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and Essential Oils to nourish the skin while imparting a gorgeous, subtle glow. It’s only a fiver and can be used on the face and body, so… it’d be rude not to buy one really. (£5). Visit the Liz Earle website here.


This stunning Illuminator from Nars in their trademark shade Orgasm imparts the most stunning rose-gold hue across your cheeks when pressed into the skin. It is a warm shade, so don’t go too overboard, but when applied across the plump apples of your cheeks and the nose it gives a flushed, sun-kissed glow to your face. (£22). Visit the Nars website here.

Stila’s HD Illuminating Beauty Balm not only lights up the skin, has beneficial properties to nourish skin AND contains a SPF of 30, it also reduces the appearance of wrinkles. Wow. (£26). Visit the Stila website here.

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