Top 5 Illuminating Products for Summer

I cannot put into words how happy I am that the whole “Matte Makeup” craze is over. I have VERY dry skin, and mattifying products make my skin look flaky, patchy and cakey. Enter: illuminating, dewy makeup. This trend is nothing new, but the spring into summer timing right now is absolutely ideal for creating a fresh summer glow without any side effects of unnecessary sweat. I can’t hide my love for illuminating products any longer. So here we go: these are my five ride-or-die products for achieving a subtle nourishing shine.

1. TooFaced Hangover Primer

Cost: $32.00

TooFaced Hangover Primer

When I got a sample of this primer in one of my monthly makeup subscriptions, I thought it was just another dumb sample of silicone-like primer. Boy was I wrong. This primer is a complete savior for dry skin, and it is going to be the most wonderful base for the summer when you want your makeup to stay but you still want an illuminating look to your skin. This product definitely does both.


2. Laneige BB Cushion Foundation

Cost: $34.00

La Neige BB Cushion

Cushion foundations are EVERYTHING at the moment. And when I jumped on the cushion train a couple months ago, I wanted to make sure that I was investing in the best one for my shade and skin type. Laneige products are sold at Target, and despite their drugstore nature, the price point is far from. However, at a closer look, this foundation is a steal for the price: you get not only one, but TWO cushions in one package. So basically each foundation is only $17 each. Not bad. Other benefits of this product: the light-coverage foundation has a subtle but pleasant scent, a moisturizing finish and a nice feel on the skin (never oily).


3. Wet n Wild Color Icon Bronzer (Reserve Your Cabana)

Cost: $3.99

WetnWild Color Icon Bronzer

This is the strangest product. Labelled as a bronzer, but tinted more like a highlighter, I would compare it to more of a BECCA shimmering skin protector dupe at a fraction of the cost ($4 vs. $20). My favorite way to wear this product is after my foundation and concealer. I go in with a powder brush very light handed all over the face and then finish with a translucent powder on top.


4. NYX Baked Blush + Illuminator + Bronzer (Wanderlust)

Cost: $7.00

NYX Baked Blush Wanderlust

This product is the newest to me out of this bunch. I’m definitely NO stranger to blushes, and it seems like my collection of blushes is never-ending. This blush is seriously perfect though: with one swipe on the apples and high points of the cheek, I can get an illuminating fresh peachy glow. This is a great product for lazier days or those “I overslept and need SOMETHING to look awake” days (those happen far too often for me).


5. Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter (Peach Lights)

Cost: $6.00

Makeup Revolution Baked Highlighter

Finding the perfect highlighter is tricky, especially when you’re on a fresh-out-of-college budget and don’t have $$$$ for BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop or Hourglass’s Ambient Lighting Palette. This baked highlighter has been doing a pretty good job for the low price point. I like applying this product VERY LAST, even after my setting spray, so that it really pops on my skin. A fan brush or the side of a blush brush does the trick, just make sure to really get a lot of product on the brush since this is not a very pigmented highlighter.


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