The more subtle form of highlighter, this product produces a naturally lit-from-within effect.

By Rebecca Norris
November 18, 2020
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Luminizers perform exactly as their name implies: They impart a natural, organic glow. According to rms beauty founder Rose-Marie Swift—who launched her beauty brand with this product category's prototype—luminizers are used to highlight the elevated parts of your face. And while you might automatically assume that they're designed just for cheekbones and cupid's bow, they can ultimately be used anywhere you'd like some luminosity: on your cheeks, lips, and even lips.

In addition to their customizable nature, different luminizers come in a myriad of effects; the wearer can choose their personal level of glow, says Swift. "Some are very simple and just create a light-reflecting dewiness. Others can create a more opaque luminosity," she continues, noting that some teeter on the verge of glittery (their subtly, however, is what sets them apart from highlighters, their more intense counterparts). The best part? All skin types and tones can benefit from them. "Luminizers can be one of the most flattering products. They create the look of healthy, glowing skin," Swift adds. Of course, this requires finding the formula that best suits you—and that's where we come in. Below, you'll find several of our favorites, all of which will leave you radiant.

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rms beauty

This creamy luminizer is as sheer as it gets, and it can be layered for the depth of your choosing. Simply dab one of the five shades it on your cheeks, lids, and cupid's bow for an organic glow. (Fair warning: This product is considered the holy grail of the category, and will shape the way you view the rest within it.)

Shop Now: rms beauty Living Luminizer, $38, sephora.com.

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Saie Beauty

Use this cooling gel any way you'd like—over foundation as a finishing touch, under it as a luminizing primer, or on your collar bones for a touch of shimmer.

Shop Now: Saie Beauty Glowy Super Gel, $25, saiehello.com.

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Dior

Not all luminizers are liquid or cream formulas. Here, we have a powder option that delivers neutral allure to cheek and brow bone. It's available in four skin-coordinating hues, as well as a universal silver shade.

Shop Now: Diorskin Nude Luminizer Shimmering Glow Powder Highlighter, $48, macys.com.

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Westman Atelier

This translucent gel formula is packed into a mobile-friendly stick, so you can reapply your glow throughout the day.

Shop Now: Westman Atelier "Lit Up" Highlight Stick, $48, credobeauty.com.

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Honest

Looking for the ultimate drugstore option? Look to Honest's richly-pigmented powder iterations, which look lovely on all skin tones.

Shop Now: Honest Luminizing Glow Powder in Dusk Reflection, $19.99, target.com.

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