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Illuminating technology in makeup products has improved by leaps and bounds in the last few years, thanks to the trend of achieving natural-looking, “lit-from-within” look. In the coming months, illuminating products are going to continue to dominate makeup product lines. If you’re still not on the buzz yet, here are five good reasons that will convince you otherwise.

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1. You want to hop onto the “strobing” bandwagon

“Strobing” is probably the biggest makeup buzzword last year but it is still a well-loved technique that is a main-stay in every beauty enthusiast’s playbook. Strobing refers to the technique of putting highlighter on strategic areas on your face according to where light usually hits. To get the best strobing effect, you need a natural-looking highlighting powder or cream that offers a seamless effect.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter

Try: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed (SGD47). This highlighting powder offers an incandescent glow that looks soft and radiant. Featuring micro, pearlescent flecks that are able to mimic light bouncing off the contours of the face, this is also a fade-free formula, thanks to Amazonian clay in its ingredient list. The Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed is avialable exclusively at all Sephora stores.

2. You want to start your makeup routine with a luminous canvas

While most usual primers are able to hide pores or smooth out skin textures, they are most likely unable to add a healthy glow to your skin. If you suffer from dull complexion, but want a naturally-looking radiance on your skin, without piling on too much highlighter, go for a glow-enhancing primer instead.

Cover FX Illuminating Primer

Try: Cover FX Illuminating Primer (SGD59). Besides uplifting dull-looking complexion with a soft-focus finish, this primer also promises to help brighten skin over time, and also offer antioxidant properties to soothe inflammation, reduce redness, and protect against premature ageing. This is available at all Sephora stores.

3. You’re looking for a great product for touching-up and refreshing your makeup

Instead of piling on more foundation or concealer in an attempt to freshen up your makeup, you can use a great illuminating product to achieve the same goal – without the risk of caking up your makeup or going over the top. Look for a formula that’s lightweight and applies smoothly onto skin so it doesn’t weigh down your existing makeup.

Face Illuminator_Devotion, $73

Try: Laura Mercier Face Illuminator (SGD73). This highlighting powder has high pearl levels and a buildable formula that’s long-wearing. Apply on top of your makeup with your fingers of a brush on areas like the apples of your cheeks, forehead, nose or chin, where highlighting effect is desired, to make your makeup look good as new. This is available in three shades and at all Laura Mercier counters (Robinsons The Heeren, Tangs Orchard, Takashimaya D.S) and all Sephora stores.

4. You suffer from dark eye circles that make you look tired all the time

If your dark eye circles bother you a lot, applying more and more concealer is just going to give an unnatural look that draws attention to the area even more. Go for a brightening primer that’s suited for the delicate eye area to illuminate it even before you apply concealer.

BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Try: Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector (SGD45). This acts as a enhancer for concealer by adding a natural glow to the under eye area. It helps make your eyes look more rested and the appearance of dark eye circles less obvious, so minimal concealer is needed. This is available at all Sephora stores.

5. You prefer a product that does everything so you can save time

For time-starved individual, focusing on products that help you achieve a glowing complexion is the most time-efficient way to go about it. Other than a glowing complexion, if you also hope the product gives sun protection, coverage, and conceals pores, go for a multi-tasking formula that has illuminating properties. You typically can find such products among the BB and CC cream ranges.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ SPF 50+

Try: IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Illumination (SGD62). Developed by plastic surgeons, this product is a colour-correcting cream that also offers anti-ageing skincare properties. Offering SPF50+, this product is a multi-tasker that allows you to skip your anti-ageing product, moisturiser, sunscreen, primer, foundation and concealer, all while illuminating your skin with its Drops of Light technology for a lit-from-within glow. This is available at all Sephora stores.