Glow get 'em! Fake a luminous complexion with these 8 bronzers and highlighters


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Luminous skin is a hallmark of good living, signaling youth, vitality and health. You may be striving to achieve a complexion that glows from within, but wouldn’t it be nice to at least look like you have your act together, even though you forgot your nightly moisturizer all week, your last Netflix binge had you up until 3 a.m. — curse you, Peaky Blinders! — and the closest thing you’ve had to a nutritious breakfast lately is the splash of almond milk you threw in your coffee? It’s time to make friends with bronzers and highlighters. With these crafty cosmetics, you can get an ethereal glow in no time flat, and some of them can even help improve your skin.

Beautiful bronzers

1. Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer Murumuru Butter Powder


Via: Drugstore.com

$11.96 for 0.38 oz.

Dry skin will drink up the ultra-hydrating ingredients in this creamy formula that does more than simply impart a glow. In addition to the namesake Murumuru butter, this bronzer also contains Cupuacu and Tucuma butters for an extra hit of nourishing moisture, while the rich pigments blur imperfections. This bronzer comes in two shades, so you can customize it to your skin tone.


2. Cargo Swimmables Water Resistant Bronzer


Via: Ulta.com

$29 for 0.45 oz.

Looking to make your makeup a little more sweat-proof this summer? Cargo’s beautiful shimmery bronzer now comes in a formula that will stay put all day through heat, humidity and those oh-so-convenient summer downpours. Cargo achieves this by coating talc with silicone and adding the amino acid L-Lysine. The result? A radiant glow that won’t run away on you at the first sign of moisture.


3. W3ll People Bio Bronzer Powder


Via: Target

$23 for 0.21 oz.

This clean cosmetic company is setting a new standard for eco-friendly makeup, and this bronzer is a shining example. In addition to gorgeous color that camouflages redness, this powder also soothes and protects irritated skin with organic aloe, organic chamomile and antioxidant green tea.


4. NYX Matte Bronzer


Via: Ulta

$8.99 for 0.33 oz.

If you’re not into a shimmery look, this is the bronzer for you. NYX’s matte powder will give you warmth and color without shimmer for a more sophisticated finish. Also, it comes in five shades ranging from light to deep tan so you can really customize your glow to fit your skin tone.


5. Too Faced: The Little Black Book of Bronzers

Two Faced 

Via: Too Faced

$44.10 for 8 0.08 oz. bronzers

This limited-edition collection of eight bronzers is bound to become your latest obsession. This kit includes the brand’s popular Chocolate Soleil trio of antioxidant cocoa-infused bronzers as well as Endless Summer, a 16-hour longwearing formula that will help you face the heat without major makeup meltdown, and bronzer/blush hybrids like Pink Leopard and Snow Bunny.


Heavenly highlighters

6. IPKN Flash Primer

Soko Glam 

Via: Soko Glam

$28 for 1.35 oz.

Primer is an essential step in creating a smooth base for your makeup, but this Korean beauty brand’s primer creates a luminous sheen that makes skin look so radiant, you might just end up skipping the foundation. It also provides sun protection with SPF 15 and contains mineral-rich pearl powder, thought to help treat acne, as well as botanical ingredients such as antioxidant grapeseed and anti-inflammatory lemon extracts.


7. NYX Cosmetics Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette


Via: Ulta

$18.99 for 2.4 oz.

Pick a highlighter, any highlighter! For those who want to play with strobing, or highlighting different areas using various shades to “light up” your face, this seven-shade palette is a great place to start. You have everything from peachy, nude and pink tones to lavender and gold, meaning you can achieve a number of effects.


8. Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit


Via: Ulta

$40 for 4 0.26 oz. highlighters

This limited edition offering is another great choice for experimenting with strobing and highlighting. Each kit contains four complimentary tones and finishes, from pearlescent to full-on metallic. Choose from Gleam or That Glow. Gleam has sweet pink and peach tones, such as the coral Hard Candy that is particularly beautiful for summer. That Glow, meanwhile, has gorgeous golds and bronzes, like Dripping in Gold that would go perfectly with allover bronzer for extra illumination.

Yes, you should still get more sleep, hydrate and take care of your skin, but when you need a little help finding that perfect glow, try one of these options and fake it ‘til you make it!