We’re selective about the formulas we use on our hair, skin, and nails. The Spotlyte 7TM; highlights recently-released and/or noteworthy products you can add to your makeup bag, one day at a time. Let’s go shopping.
Ask a makeup artist how to get luminous skin, and they’ll probably say something about how it starts from within . . . and ends with a whole lot of highlighter. Most of the time, this advice pertains to the skin on our faces. But warmer weather calls for skimpier garments, leaving many of us with the realization that our limbs could use some luminosity, too. While committing to a full body skincare routine can help over time, we’re banking on our arsenal of highlighters — body highlighters, that is — to get the skin below our chin in shape. From tinted tropical oils to gleaming galactic powder, these seven curated formulas are sure to turn a dull skin day around.
It’s only fitting that Sol De JaneiroTM; — creator of the Brazilian Bum Bum® Cream — would follow up with an equally sexy body product. The GlowmotionsTM; Glow Oil ($35) comes in five hues, ranging from tinted bronze to translucent shimmer. Coconut oil and Cupuacu butter impart instant suppleness (psst! — they hydrate your skin over time, too). In addition to leaving limbs looking luxurious, this stuff imparts a sumptuous aroma of pistachio and caramel. If you’ve smelled the aforementioned Bum Bum cream, you get it; if not, you simply must give it a whiff.
The Anastasia Beverly Hills® Shimmer Body Oil ($38) marks the brand’s foray into bodycare — and it’s a damn good debut. After you’ve ogled the swirling shimmer, shake it up and spritz wherever you darn well please. The finish is higher on the sparkle spectrum than most, but it’s flattering — not tacky — nonetheless. (Greasophobes: Because this stuff dispenses via a spritzer, there’s no need to physically touch it with your hands if you don’t want to.) The vanilla scent is purely divine.
Celebrity makeup artist Patrick Ta has created some of the glowiest skin in Hollywood; naturally, his newly-launched makeup line is devoted to the art of creating gleaming skin. We’re partial to the Major GlowTM; Highlighting Mist ($32), which — thanks to the aerosol dispenser — makes the process of applying body highlighter as convenient as spritzing hairspray.
If you’d rather leave body glitter in the ‘90s, consider the Fenty Beauty® Body LavaTM; Body Luminizer ($59). The formula leaves a lustrous sheen, thanks to finely-milled micropigments — not chunky glitter. A little bit goes a long way: all you need is a few dabs for head-to-toe glow. Find it in three sleek shades.
The Huda BeautyTM; N.Y.M.P.H.TM; Not Your Mama’s Panty Hose All Over Body Highlighter ($49) imparts sheen without slickness. Unlike similar formulas, which are typically body oils, this formula is water-based, so it feels lightweight rather than greasy. Slather one of three shades on limbs for a blurring effect, or on the face for a dewy luminosity.
If you’d rather dip your toe into the body highlighting trend, consider Prtty Peaushun® ($28). This formula is one of the most subtle-looking body highlighters on the market, and has been rumored to give many celebrities that je ne sais quoi glow. The formula comes in a variety of skin-hued shades, but if tint isn’t your thing, there’s also a clear version. Slather the lotion-like formula all over for skin that feels — and looks — like silk. (Read: soft, light-reflecting, and teetering on imperceptible.) It’s also worth noting that the ingredients are completely natural.
True to its name, the Marc Jacobs® Beauty O!MegaTM; Glaze All-Over Foil Luminizer ($49) boasts a bronze glint that borders on beachy and celestial. The peachy shade is a win for all skin tones. Plus, it’s flattering anywhere you swipe it — including the face. We’d be remiss not to mention the gilded lid, which sits pretty on any vanity.
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