20 Under-$20 Skin Illuminators for a Glow-Up You’ll Want to Flaunt

20 Under-$20 Skin Illuminators for a Glow-Up You’ll Want to Flaunt
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Truth be told, nixing a dull complexion with skincare takes a very long time. Don’t get me wrong, ingredients like vitamin C and kojic acid can work wonders, but more often than not, you’ve got to use a product for at least a month before seeing a hint of a result. So in the interim, the best makeup for bright skin definitely comes in handy. The best part? Most of it doesn’t cost a ridiculous amount of money. (Okay, some of it does, but you’ve got choices.)

Regardless of the coverage you choose—BB cream, CC cream, foundation or some sort of hybrid—there’s a myriad of ways to glow-up in mere seconds without exerting too much energy or time. My personal faves are serums that you can mix in your coverage, thus covering two bases at once. But there’s also the underrated color payoff of a blush, iridescent illuminators, creamy highlighters, and baked bronzers.

Regardless of what you choose, remember that a little goes a long way and a consistent skincare routine will only make that end result that much more selfie-worthy. Ahead, the best under-$20 options for getting lit, because I know you love a bargain.

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Beauty Bakerie.

Beauty Bakerie Scoops Elysee Face & Body Palette

Four iridescent shades you can use as a blush or all-over illuminator.

$38 at Beauty Bakerie

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essence cosmetics.

essence cosmetics Brighten Up! Banana Powder

This translucent setting powder is what you need to bake concealer and keep highlighter in place.

$4.99 at Ulta

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Flower Beauty.

Flower Beauty Blush Bomb Color Drops

Just a few drops of this liquid formula, available in six different shades, will give your cheeks a natural-looking flush.

$9.99 at Ulta

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INCredible.

INCredible You Glow Girl Iridescent Jelly

Available in four shades, this jelly highlighter applies wet and dries down for all-day wear.

$12 at Sephora

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Juvia’s Place.

Juvia’s Place Serafina Blush

A next-level blush that’ll deliver just the right amount of color to any ‘no makeup’ makeup look.

$8 at Ulta

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Kaja Beauty.

Kaja Beauty Mochi Glow Bouncy Highlighter

This cream-to-powder formula is available in four subtle, but stunning shimmer shades, from white gold to golden bronze.

$19 at Sephora

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L’Oreal Paris.

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Glotion

Apply this lotion under or over makeup to hydrate and brighten your complexion.

$14.99 at Ulta

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L’Oreal Paris.

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator

A lightweight powder that’s safe to use all over the face for a glowier makeup finish.

$11.99 at Ulta

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Makeup Revolution.

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter

Apply a few drops of this liquid formula to the cheeks or body for a dewy finish.

$9 at Ulta

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Makeup Revolution.

Makeup Revolution x Soph Highlighter Palette

Eight different shades (baked and pressed) for a blinding highlight.

$12 at Ulta

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Maybelline.

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream

‘No makeup’ makeup coverage that provides a healthy-looking sheen to the skin using hydrating ingredients.

$8.99 at Ulta

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Milani Cosmetics.

Milani Cosmetics Baked Blush

Matte and shimmery shades included in this buildable formula for adding color to cheeks.

$7.99 at Milani Cosmetics

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Milk Makeup.

Milk Makeup Mini Holographic Stick

Three iridescent shades powered by nourishing ingredients that won’t dry out the skin.

$14 at Milk Makeup

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Neutrogena.

Neutrogena HydroBoost Illuminator

Creamy but non-greasy, this highlighter stick blends seamlessly into the skin for a luminous finish.

$16.99 at Neutrogena

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NYX Cosmetics.

NYX Cosmetics Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator

Just a small dollop is all you need to brighten your complexion with a hint of shimmer.

$7.50 at Ulta

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Physicians Formula.

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

This creamy bronzer is infused with Murumuru Butter to soften and moisturize the skin in addition to brightening.

$14.99 at Ulta

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Sephora.

Sephora Golden Hour Liquid Highlighter

Three shimmery finishes delivered in a lightweight, easy-to-use liquid.

$14 at Sephora

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Too Faced Cosmetics.

Too Faced Mini Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

The perfect matte bronzer for adding color to a clean, but dull complexion.

$15 at Sephora

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W7.

W7 Glowcomotion

Use this powder as a highlighter or eyeshadow, depending on where you want to glow.

$8.95 at W7 Makeup

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wet n’ wild.

wet n’ wild Mega Jelly Highlighter

This bouncy gel-to-powder highligher is also infused with cucumber and chamomile to cool the skin.

$7.99 at Ulta

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