Highlighter is a godsend for bringing us instant, mesmerizing glow (especially when it’s in liquid form or mixed into our favorite setting spray), but as far as the skin care benefits go, we could do better. In no way would we ever encourage you to ditch your favorite highlighter because we sure as hell know that’s not going to happen. Instead, we’re proposing that you amplify your glow even more with an illuminating moisturizer that instantly gives you brighter, more radiant skin.


After cleansing your skin and going about your regular skin care routine, apply an illuminating moisturizer before starting on your makeup. The result will be a glowy base that gives you a lit-from-within glow and a natural dewiness you just can’t achieve with a powder highlighter. Every illuminating moisturizer is different, so we’ve rounded up five different options below, ranging from an affordable drugstore option to a moisturizer infused with brightening pigments.


Discover your new go-to illuminating moisturizer, ahead.


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