The Magic Skin Care Formulas That Make Miracles Happen

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No matter the season, we all want that gorgeous lit-from-within glow. Think ethereal, angelic ... almost otherworldly. The desired effect: a subtle shimmer (without looking like we've been glitter-bombed).

Luckily, the beauty biz is here to help with products that give you that enviable glimmer. For us mere mortals, illuminators are the makeup and skin care equivalent of magic. These light-reflecting formulas create the perfect illusion of natural luminosity. In other words, they're the real deal for looking well-rested, hydrated, and youthful.

Primers—aka radiance-boosting skin perfecters—give you a subtle, allover luster while highlighters can be applied strategically to illuminate your best features and contour or, in some cases, fix what ails you. Long night? Use a highlighter to brighten up inner corners of your eyes. You'll look instantly awake.

From the primers to makeup, we're rounding up the products that are guaranteed to get you glowing.

Vapour Organic Beauty Stratus Luminous Skin-Perfecting Primer

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This multitasking, tone-perfecting primer creates a flawless canvas for makeup or to go au naturel. Infused with beauty-boosting botanicals, this precision stick leaves skin looking so good you won't want to cover it up. ($48)

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Mineral Fusion Illuminating Primer

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For those days when you don't want to wear foundation (for us, it's more often than not), this illuminating primer is perfect. Vitamin C and orange fruit oil naturally promote more even tone, and gold flecks add the perfect hint of shimmer. ($28.99)

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Illuminating Primer

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This lightweight, complexion-enhancing primer leaves skin looking positively dreamy. Coconut alkanes and organic glycerin hydrate skin while simultaneously controlling shine — so you won't find yourself with that dreaded 3 p.m. oil slick. ($36)

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rms Living Luminizer

One swipe of this multidimensional illuminator and it's easy to see why it's a cult favorite. The sheer, satin-pearl finish enhances skin's natural radiance and delivers a positively dewy effect. Even better, it looks natural and is ultra-flattering for all skin tones. ($38)

Plantfolk Apothecary You Are Golden Highlight Wand

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This hydrating botanical beauty balm is giving us (and our skin) life! Organic essential oils infused with golden mica bring light and iridescence to your best assets. And we can't get enough of the sweet, floral scent. ($24)

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Tata Harper Very illuminating

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This lightweight botanical formula catches and reflects light to highlight the areas where your skin naturally glows. And because it blends so seamlessly into skin, you can give yourself a luminous boost whenever you need it. ($40)

Ilia Beauty Polka Dots & Moonbeams

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We love this easy-to-apply stick in a universally-flattering warm champagne shade. Enriched with rosehip oil and cocoa and shea butters, this subtle highlighter adds dimension and soft radiance to skin. ($34)

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