Stress, poor diet, pollution, insufficient sleep – there are oh so many reasons why your skin may be looking dull and lacking in radiance. So what’s the solution? How about one of these quick fix products that add an instant glow and take you from lacklustre to luminous…

The Radiant Foundation

Daniel Sandler’s Invisible Radiance Foundation gives skin a fresh, dewy look – it’s your complexion, but just a little brighter and better. Think of it as an espresso shot for your face when you’re having One Of Those Days. Skin looks smooth with a subtle glow and this doesn’t feel heavy, despite the fact that it’s long-wearing and buildable. Concerned about blemishes? Don’t be – cleverly concealed in the mirrored lid is a colour-matched creamy concealer to cover up any spots and tackle dark circles. Invisible Radiance Foundation also contains vitamins A, C, and E which actively aid skin repair and renewal. There’s a good reason why Sandler’s known as a make-up artist extraordinaire!

Or Why Not Try: It’s frankly astounding that Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation costs under a tenner. Glow-enhancing and packed with complexion-boosting ingredients, it’s a beauty bargain that really competes with the big brands.

The Brightening Primer

Laura Mercier is the undisputed Queen of Primers – with a range spanning everything from oil-free and SPF-boosted to bronzing and hydrating. But at this gloomy time of year, it’s the Radiance Foundation Primer that really perfects skin and creates a luminous base. Instantly brightening so that skin looks refreshed, even and flawless, the lightweight primer gives a radiant, air-brushed look to the complexion and helps foundation last just that little bit longer. The pearlescent glow is subtly shimmery, and the smart formula also contains antioxidant Vitamins A, C and E to protect skin from pollution.

radiance primer

Or Why Not Try:  L’Oréal’s Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer gives the skin a lovely glow – and it’s a dead ringer for more expensive products too. Use all over for a dewy look, or apply as a highlighter.

The Instant Illuminator

The Multiple. Nars’ iconic multi-purpose stick has spawned a multitude of copycats since it launched – but none quite live up to the original. The creamy formula blends easily – swipe on to highlight and accent contours instantly. We particularly like Copacabana and Luxor for their shimmery pearlescent finish which leaves the complexion looking bright, dewy and refreshed. Pop this in your handbag to wake skin up if you’re heading out for after-work cocktails.

Or Why Not Try: Add a slick of No.7’s Champagne-toned Instant Radiance Highlighter to cheekbones to accentuate facial contours and bring your complexion to life.

The Luminous Powder

Yes, we know that powder is usually what you’d expect to be using to mattify, but bear with us for a moment. If you’re looking for a really subtle, soft all-over glow, an illuminating powder is just the ticket. Suqqu’s Nuancing Pressed Powder in Glow brings a sheer luminosity to skin – think of this as soft focus lighting for your skin. It’s a healthy radiance that looks natural – a light sheen that doesn’t look too ‘done’. In a handy compact format, this is perfect for on-the-go touch-ups, ensuring that skin stays fresh all day long.

luminous face powder

Or Why Not Try: Packing with light-reflecting pigments to give a glowy finish, Sleek’s super bargainous Luminous Pressed Powder leaves skin looking fresh. There’s a impressive selection of colours for all skintones too.

The Glowy Blush

Add a soft focus glow to cheeks and brighten up your complexion with the Ambient Lighting Blush from Hourglass. Highly-pigmented and impressively long-lasting, this gives skin a flattering satiny sheen, bringing out cheekbones and giving the face definition and a healthy flush. It’s the rather clever photoluminescent particles in the blush that work to give skin depth and subtle contouring. Six shades are available from coral bright to plummy tones, so there’s a blush to flatter every complexion.

Or Why Not Try: Yep, it looks suspiciously like a much more spendy product you may have heard people raving about. Revlon’s Highlighting Palette provides a beautiful glowy flush with a hint of sexy shimmer.