The best skin illuminators which will help you fake awake


by Samantha Ball |
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You probably see some mums looking refreshed for a day and wonder how do they look so awake? Although a full 12 hours sleep might sound like the trick to feeling fresh and ready for the day, we know it's not always possible, so what if you could fake awake?

There is no doubt that you were up at least once during the night, (if you were lucky!) or up at the break of dawn to tackle a full day of parenting, work or cleaning. At times you probably feel like you wake up feeling 10 years older rather than refreshed, leaving your skin looking a little dull - but we know how to help!

With these amazing skin illuminators, you can fake awake by giving your skin a fresh glow, you just might need an extra cup of coffee to keep those eyes open though.

Skin illuminators that will help you fake awake

This coconut-infused gel can be applied to skin directly using the doe-foot applicator and blended into the skin or foundation. It’s formulated with provitamin B5, to help hydrate and nourish skin, as well as different forms of coconut that help with longer wear, hydration, fragrance and revitalisation of your skin.

bareMinerals Endless Glow Highlighter
Price: $20.8
Alternative retailers
Sephora$31.00View offer

This mineral based highlighter comes in three shades and is easy to apply with a brush, giving you a glow and complimenting your skin. It's long-lasting, giving you a sun-kissed glow all day long without creasing or looking cakey.

One reviewer said: 'I love this product and always order a new one before the old one runs out. It gives your skin a lift just where you want it. It's a lovely product.'

At an amazing price, this illuminator instantly enhances your complexion for a natural looking radience. Either mix with your foundation or use as a primer.

One reviewer says: 'I love using this for priming my skin before putting foundation on but also when I’m not going to wear any other make-up because it gives a lovely glow! I’ve heard that this is a cheaper alternative to a very high end brand product costing around £100! Personally I’d much rather use this as I think it does the job perfectly.'

If you're looking for a more natural look then this illuminizer is perfect! It reflects natural light, allowing your skin to show through the translucent powder. It gives you a gorgeous glow with a smooth finish, making you look ready to tackle any day after a sleepless night!

One reviewer says: 'This is an excellent translucent powder to apply over your makeup for a wonderful glow to your skin.'

Available in 3 shades, the Haloscope highlighter is cruelty free and hypoallergenic. It's made from coconut and caster seed oil which are rich in vitamin E, and the outer rings are enhanced with real Rose Quartz or Golden Topaz. To apply, simply glide directly onto face and tap lightly with fingertips to blend.

One reviewer says: 'Not glittery/chunky, just dewy. I would say don't apply over any dry products as it does wipe it off, but I powder after putting this on anyway and its perfect. I got the shade "quartz" and was worried it would be too pink (although i am quite pale i really dislike pink toned highlighters) but its perfect, barely has a colour just leaves a really lovely sheen.'

Alternative retailers
Saks Fifth Avenue$79.00View offer
Neiman Marcus$79.00View offer
Macy's$79.00View offer
Bloomingdale's$79.00View offer

For a natural glow this balm is perfect, bringing dull complexions back to its natural radience. Pat this illuminating moisture balm over foundation for a subtle glow, or apply to bare skin!

One reviewer said: 'I find, if i'm just nipping out to the shops, I can get away without any foundation only by adding this wonderful product to my prepped skin. A dab of pot rouge to my cheeks and lips and a little lip liner then away I go. Great advert for this product being an old Bobbi girl!'

Fake awake with a simple swipe of a powder brush! This Revolution Glow Splendour Highlighter brightens your face by adding a glow using highly pigmented powder which is easily buildable.

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