Glowy Products The Beauty Pros Swear By

It’s never been easier to fake a healthy glow. From dewy creams to glossy foundations and luminous highlighters, there are plenty worth a try. Here, 11 beauty pros share their favourites.
Glowy Products The Beauty Pros Swear By
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MAC Strobe Cream, £26

Rated By: Camilla Hewitt, Make-Up Artist & Wellness Writer

Why She Loves It: “When it comes to creating glossy, high-shine skin, opt for liquid or cream formulas which melt in. MAC’s Strobe Cream is my favourite. It’s extremely blendable and easy to work with. Try to apply it on the areas where the light would naturally hit – we all want to look dewy, but you don’t need a full face of beaming light, so keep your application natural and targeted.” 

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Ilila Illuminator in Cosmic Dancer, £33

Rated By: Caroline Barnes, A-List Make-Up Artist 

Why She Loves It: “Sheer and delicate, this silky illuminator is so easy to build on and layer up. It gives the perfect amount of luminosity, which catches the light beautifully. Plus, the shimmer particles are minimal, so it never looks too dusty or theatrical.”

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Marc Jacobs Dew Coconut Gel Highlighter, £33

Rated By: Kenneth Soh, Make-Up Artist 

Why He Loves It: “This has a wonderful gel texture that melts into the skin, with a glossy finish that really goes the distance. Tap it onto the skin using your fingers, or with a damp beautyblender to enhance the the pigment. Keep it focused on the highest points of your face. You can wear it solo or on top of your foundation for a more intense radiance.”

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Danessa Myricks Dew Wet Balm, £22

Rated By: Lisa Potter-Dixon, Make-Up Artist & Author 

Why She Loves It: “There’s a reason so many make-up artists swear by this product. It’s non-sticky and lightweight, with a balm texture that gives a sheer, glass skin effect. Use your fingers or a brush to apply it – it’s incredible versatile and gives a fresh glow that can be worn on top or underneath make-up. It’s great for refreshing your eyeshadow, too.” 

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Dior Backstage Glow Face Palette, £36

Rated By: Nikki Wolff, Dior UK’s Celebrity Make-Up Artist 

Why She Loves It: “One of these palettes is with me at all times. It gives skin a beautiful dewy finish. Use a big fluffy brush to swirl over the shades, then apply it onto your cheeks and the high points of the face for a multi-dimensional glow. The palettes are available in varying shades, too, so there’s something to suit every skin tone.”

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Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo in Ginger Binge & Moscow Mule, £28

Rated By: Adeola Gboyega, Make-Up Artist & SL Beauty Contributor 

Why She Loves It: “This highlighter has a long-wear formula, so the glossy luminosity lasts for hours. It’s super creamy and melts into the skin, without any dusty texture left behind. It has very fine shimmer particles – not huge chunks of glitter – for an instantly smooth, radiant glow.” 

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Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer Glow Enhancer in No10, £30

Rated By: Ruby Hammer MBE, Global Make-Up Artist

Why She Loves It: “This is so lightweight and can be used on its own or mixed with your foundation for a luminous glow. Just add a touch to your upper cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, brow bones and cupid’s bow. You can add a little to the inner corners of the eyes, too, for an elegant bit of glow, but in a grown-up way.” 

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Chanel Baume Essentiel Multi-Use Glow Stick, £33

Rated By: Zoe Taylor, Make-Up Artist & SL Beauty Contributor 


Why She Loves It: “For me, this is the best glow-giver of all time. It’s transparent, clear and glossy – but not too much – and comes in a stick format so you can apply it directly onto the skin or over your base make-up. Scribble it over eyeshadows for a long-lasting glow or swipe it over the cheekbones for a natural sheen. You can also apply it all over the face if you want a really wet-look finish. The options are endless.” 

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By Terry CC Brightening Serum, £61

Rated By: Frankie Neal, Make-Up Artist 

Why She Loves It: “This comes in different shades, so it’s great for all skin tones. You can use it before foundation, or on its own with just a dab of concealer – either way, you’re guaranteed good glow, thanks to the soft, shimmering pearls and dewy luminosity it lends skin.” 

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, £61

Rated By: Mira Parmar, Make-Up Artist & Hair Stylist 

Why She Loves It: “My must-have for creating glow is this cult palette. It’s essential for that multi-dimensional sheen, and as it’s a silky powder, it’s easy to apply. The skin doesn’t drink it up too quickly, either, so you’ll find it’s still intact come 4pm. Apply it with a big fluffy brush for best results.”

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Sarah Chapman Skinesis Skin Insurance SPF50, £59 

Rated by: Sophie Tilley, Make-up Artist

Why She Loves It: Glowing makeup always starts with glowing skincare.  But what if you could have both, in one product?  A-list facialist Sarah Chapman has created just that with her ‘Skin Insurance’.  It’s a lightweight cream that gives you an instant radiance boost and long-term skin regeneration. Shielding you from aggressors like UV, thermal and infrared, the SPF50 also resists wrinkles and pigmentation damage.  Fancy DNA renewal technology repairs stressed out skin, while the magical light-scattering powders blur imperfections.  On top of all that, a hint of tint will immediately warm up even the dullest of complexions - I’m hooked. It’s a true hybrid of skincare meets make-up.

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