Beauty Spotlight: Illuminated Skin.


One of my great loves in life (apart from eating and sleeping) is bright, healthy skin that only models seem to achieve. There’s nothing like looking peachy for the day ahead, I usually use some form of illuminating product in my routine daily, whether that be a primer, highlighter or base. I do love a good highlighter, me.

It goes without saying that I’m not one for looking glittery, give me the natural look any day. My routine often begins with a brightening primer, usually the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal, a lovely warm, peachy primer that preps the skin by blurring imperfections and helping to create an even, bright skin tone. I sometimes mix this in with my foundation but usually I apply it first for a more minimal look. I believe BECCA are relaunching their range so hopefully we’re not losing them just yet.

For days off when I want a small amount of coverage but more of a natural finish, I apply Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint for a sheer base. I usually wear this alone as it’s illuminating enough as it is. It doesn’t have a lot of coverage at all (I first thought this was a primer but it is meant to be used as a foundation) but for everyday use it works like a dream, concealing any blemishes and helping my skin in the radiance department.

Another lazy day product I love using is the Maybelline Dream Soft Blush in Apricot, I dot this on to cheekbones and brow bone like a highlighter. It’s easy to use, affordable and just gives me a touch of highlight where I need it.
For more important occasions (other than work), I swear by MACs Soft and Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish. I don’t use a lot of MAC products on a regular basis these days but I do adore this highlighter, it’s subtle enough for every day and highlights all your best bits. I reach for this most out of all the highlighters that I own (a fair few now) and it’s a MAC must have in my opinion.

What do you use for a lil bit of shimmer?

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  • I really want to try soft and gentle by MAC! I love illuminated skin πŸ™‚ x

  • I love this post and I also love seeing your blog grow as I’ve been following since the beginning! Who would of thought MAC products would be off the agenda eventually! xx

    • Kate

      Aw this is lovely! Haha not entirely but pretty much :O x

  • KLG_Hair

    The MAC MSF’s are fab, leave the skin with such a great glow.
    I’ve just picked up the Topshop highlighter, it’s really pretty when mixed with a tinted moisturiser to give a glow to the skin.

    • Kate

      I love the Topshop highlighers too! Well I love everything from them… x

  • Amy Chapman

    I splashed out on the same MAC MSF, and use every time I wear makeup, it’s awesome.

    Amy | The Little Koala

  • whats on your tulips

    Thank you for some really different product recommendations I wouldn’t have thought to try I love the illuminated look and am always trying (some of the time failing) to recreate it on my skin. x

  • Procrast1nato2

    I love my Becca SSP — it makes my skin looks so real…if that makes sense.

    • Kate

      Like… more 3D somehow? I get ya! x

    • I get ya! Like… more 3D! haha x

  • Millie

    Great post! I love the MAC msf, I use it basically every day! πŸ™‚ β™₯

  • sue

    Hmm, I’ve got a sample of the Becca SSP in Opal but haven’t really found a way to utilize it. I thought of it more as a highlight, but perhaps I try it as a primer sometime soon. Thanks for the tip!

    • Kate

      I only really use it as a primer, it’s really lovely! x

    • I only use it as a primer, it’s really beautiful – it just seems to blur everything and make your skin seem so nice! x

  • Anna OffTheBandwagon

    I don’t own a lot of MAC at all, but I did pick up Soft n’ Gentle a couple of months ago and I’m sooo happy I did. Totally agree with everything you wrote about it haha!

  • Hearts&Crosses

    Really need to pick up the Mac MSF!

    A little bit Unique


  • I want some of the Becca shimmering skin perfectors soooo badly! They look absolutely gorgeous! Luminous skin is my big obsession too haha I’ve got so many highlighters it’s unbelievable!
    Eleanor x

    • They’re amazing, I hope BECCA get back to us soon πŸ™ x

  • Maddy Cane

    I love this look, I can’t find the Becca shimmering skin perfecter any where, do you know anywhere that stocks it? xxx

  • amelia

    I love this look, I try to find things that give me that glow too! Lately I’ve found that actually a shimmer eyeshadow really gives me that look that I crave



  • I love MAC cream colour base in Hush, it’s not one for those that like a subtle glow but I love it for a night out. I really want to try the Becca skin perfector, good news to hear they’re relaunching and not closing down completely in the UK πŸ™‚ xx


    I love to use MoonBeam or Clarins x

  • Lucy Loves To Blog

    I definitely need to try some illuminating products, I love the dewy look xx

    Lucy Loves To Blog

  • emma

    Do you know anything -(Other then becca because i cant find it πŸ™ ) that I could put under my foundation, they will give me a more iluminated look? For a day (bridesmaid) so sont want to look like a disco ball during the day, but then ‘done’ enough at night.


  • Love this post! The Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint looks amazing – definitely going on the wishlist! X

  • guest

    I mean this post without swatches is honestly pointless

  • katherine.parkes

    really hope Becca come back! x