These Moisturisers Are So Glowy You Won’t Even Need Any Highlight

September 04, 2020 at 06:30AM

Trying to nail the perfect, natural-looking glow is certainly no mean feat. Trust me, I’ve been trying to suss it out for years. It seems some people are just born with a radiant complexion that oozes luminosity and health. In a bid to replicate this glow, I have tried virtually every single highlighting makeup product under the sun, and I am yet to find a formula that doesn’t give the game away somehow. Whether it’s chunky bits of glitter or my lack of ability to apply it to the most natural-looking places, I have been forced to admit defeat when it comes to highlight.

So, with highlighters out of the question, I have had to think outside of the box when it comes to upping my glow game. From primers to serums and cleansers to foundations, I have searched high and low for any product that can deliver a glowing radiance that might trick people into thinking it’s actually real. And finally, after many years of searching, I can say that I have found exactly what I have been looking for.

While glow-promising cleansers only seemed to cause breakouts and illuminating foundations left me looking sweaty after just a few minutes, one product has really proved its glow-giving abilities in a way no other has been able to. A new kind of moisturiser has found its way into my routine.

What I call ‘glowing moisturisers’ are predominantly skincare products that possess radiance-boosting properties. For example, some might be slightly tinted, while others contain light-reflecting particles. You simply slap them on either as part of or after your skincare routine, leave skin bare or apply makeup over the top, and you’ll be glowing all day long with absolutely zero fuss. Don’t believe me? Keep scrolling for the glow-inducing moisturisers that guarantee effortless luminosity all day long.  

Formulated with kombucha and fermented ginger to up radiance, this priming moisturiser is by far one of the glowiest I have come across. Plus, my breakout-prone skin has absolutely no trouble with it. Thanks to light-reflecting minerals, whenever I use it I get compliments on how healthy my complexion looks. 

Not only does this morning moisturiser leave skin perfected and illuminated, it also contains pomegranate extract for antioxidant protection. It’s been in my arsenal since it came out and is my go-to for days when my skin looks especially drab.

The Origins Ginzing range is one of my favourite skincare collections out there. For those that consider their skin type ‘normal’, I highly recommend this super-hydratingt range. This gel-textured moisturiser is lightweight and skin-loving, but also has a subtle peachy tint that livens up any complexion. 

For no makeup days, this stuff has become my reach-for. It’s jam-packed with oils and fruit extracts for optimum nourishment, but it doesn’t leave a sticky or greasy residue. If you’re into a super-glossy finish, nothing compares.


It’s a little pricey, I know, but if you ask me, it’s also one of the best illuminating products around. With powerhouse hydrators such as hyaluronic acid alongside shea and mango seed butters, it’s a wonderful moisturiser on its own merit. However, it also contains diamond dust to give the most beautifully blurring (and radiating) sheen.

From another life-long favourite range, this glowing moisturiser champions vitamin C, thanks to its glow-giving antioxidant properties. The light, gel-like texture is also wonderfully cooling and invigorating. 

This stuff is seriously rich. Full of essential oils and hyaluronic acid, it offers up next-level moisture. Because of this, I wouldn’t suggest it as an everyday option, however it’s radiance-boosting, glow-giving properties are, if you ask me, totally unrivalled. It has an orange tint to it which works to colour correct and also leave behind the most convincing sun-kissed effect. If you’re after instant results, this one is for you.

This ever-so-slightly iridescent formula is basically dewy, healthy-looking skin in a bottle. When applied after serum, it gives skin almost a wet-look finish, but it doesn’t look oily or sweaty either – just veiling the skin in a youthful radiance.

Confidence In a Cream has long been a go-to of mine whenever my skin is looking really dry and like it’s had the life sucked out of it. Recently, I discovered this stuff. Still containing all of the super-hydrating ingredients like squalane and iris root, it also had a rose-tint that works to brighten up tired faces in an instant.

Sitting somewhere between a skincare and a makeup product, this stuff is a really worthwhile add-on. If you don’t like the dewy finish that often comes hand-in-hand with illuminating moisturisers, listen up. It contains vitamin E and squalane for a super-hydrating punch, but it also has a pearly finish that works to reflect light and boost luminosity. Plus, it’s soft and more matte than many others on the list. 

Another rich formula, with hyaluronic acid, shea butters and ceramides, this stuff means business. Ideal for dry skin, it also contains pearl particles for an out-of-this-world glow. 

Sitting somewhere between a rich moisturiser and a primer, for days when you don’t want to apply a full base, this perfecting balm is ideal. Reflective pearls illuminate while lychee extract revitalises.

I’ve waxed lyrical about this glow-giving moisturiser before. It’s one of the most subtly radiance-boosting skincare products I own. To put it bluntly, this is probably the one £140 skincare product I genuinely believe I would consider parting with the cash for. 

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Author Shannon Lawlor | Whowhatwear
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