It takes a lot of skill to master a radiant glow, especially right after a long winter (I would know, I live in New England). But you know you’re doing something right when your coworkers marvel at your sun-kissed cheeks after the first real day of spring. Don’t give all the credit to Mother Nature – it’s all the work of some fabulous beauty products, like , which adds a luminous bronzed tint sans the shine, and some brightening highlighters like Benefit’s Watt’s Up! Throw in a radiance inducing mask like SK-II Facial Treatment Mask, which is expensive but very worthwhile for anyone who feels eternally exhausted, and some blush (my flavor of the moment is peach), and you’re on your way to fooling anyone that you spent all weekend on some magical beach in your backyard. Scroll through for my favorite brightening products below and let me know what you use in the comments.
I’ve used a lot of vitamin C moisturizers in the past but this one takes the cake for providing the most radiance. It’s also very moisturizing; I have no problem using this in place of a face oil, which is what I do during spring and summer. And unlike other SPF moisturizers, this one doesn’t flake.
*This product was sent to me for review by Murad; all opinions are my own.
NARS Blush, $30
You can never go wrong with NARS – there are so many colors to choose.
This goodie will remedy any dark spots you have for a clear complexion. Read the full review here.
This pretty palette is on my must-have list of products to try. With so many different shades, it will be the only bronzer I’ll need through the summer months.
I wear this over my Murad moisturizer and primer to add a bronze matte glow. It’s lightweight enough that you can add foundation or concealer over it for coverage. What I love most about it is it looks so natural.
I first tried a sample of this mask during New York Fashion Week, and it’s probably one of the best things I’ve ever used on my face. I don’t get much sleep during NYFW but you would think I was getting 10 hours each night with this mask.
Here’s another highlighter that also doubles as a blush. This shimmery powder adds a soft glow without the shine of a brightening stick. I used this in the winter but I plan to use it again this season on more minimalist makeup days.
Admittedly, this isn’t as great as the SK-II mask above, but it’s more affordable and it doubles as an exfoliant, which makes my skin softer and brighter.
Because you need the right tool to blend all those products into an Instagram-worthy selfie, amirite.
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