The Best Illuminiser Right Now, According to the Internet

Lisa Patulny

If there’s one trend that perfectly captures the quintessential idea of Australian good looks, it’s radiant skin (see: Lara Bingle, Nicole Trunfio, Shanina Shaik et al.). No surprises then that we buy up big when it comes to glow-boosting makeup. Nailing the right formulation and shade for your skin type and tone is key, but with hundreds of illuminising products—from dewy foundation to straight-up highlighter—on the market, where’s a girl to look first?

To help us in our quest for the perfect glow, our friends at Rank & Style—a site dedicated to generating unbiased lists of top fashion and beauty products—have let us in on the very best radiance-enhancers, as voted by the internet. Using their unique algorithm, they’ve compiled the 10 best illuminising products money can buy. Want in on the winning product (plus four also-amazing runners up)? Keep scrolling for the big reveal.

#1: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch ($59)

Fact: one of these iconic highlighter pens is sold globally every 10 seconds. That may be hard to believe—until you try it for yourself. Loved most for its fatigue-fighting properties (that, or the chic gold casing), the formula contains reflective pigments that bounce light away from imperfections without making skin look shimmery. The built-in brush makes it handbag friendly, too.

#2: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($87)

If you steer clear of face powders as a matter of habit, you might want to rethink your policy. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders are like really good PhotoShop—they transform skin into the best version of itself without looking unnatural. Inspired by flattering lighting conditions, they come in a range of shades (from pale pink to bronze) to suit all skintones.

#3: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($92)

Guaranteed to help you on your way to a good skin day, this silky foundation is the secret behind many a flawless complexion. The lightweight formula sits somewhere in-between dewy and matte, giving skin a polished finish that’s glowy but not too glowy. It’s easy to blend and layer so you can customise the coverage, too.

#4: Urban Decay Naked Flushed ($46)

A three-in-one palette packed with everything you need for glowing cheeks. Available in three colourways, each contains a varying combination of matte or shimmery blush, bronzer and highlighter. The one constant across all three is the quality of the powders, they’re pigment-rich and deliver excellent colour payoff.

#5: Benefit Watt's Up! ($53)

Highlighters with pink or gold-based formulas can tend to suit specific skintones best (pale or olive respectively), but this soft champagne version flatters everyone. The cream-to-powder finish makes it easy to apply in a hurry, and the blending sponge means you don’t have to lug an applicator brush around too.

Click over to Rank & Style to see the rest of the award-winning illuminising products on this list. Also, be sure to check out the site’s lists of the top cushion compacts, lip stains and tints, and products with over 1000 reviews on Amazon!

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