The Best Luminizers For Oily Skin Types Like Me

My secret? I'm picky about my formulas. Here are four luminizers that make my oily skin glow.
Publish date:
February 9, 2015
nars, Hourglass, oily skin, illuminators, milani, NYX Cosmetics, glowing skin

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from reading and writing about beauty, it’s that stepping out of your comfort zone often leads to excellent discoveries. As a girl with oily skin, I used to avoid luminizers (or any such "glow-y" product) like the plague, but after taking the plunge I've discovered a few illuminating products that actually work for me. If you have oily skin and are feeling timid about trying out these types of products, here are a few tips for making it work.


Even though I’m oily all over, my T-zone is the spot on my face that seems to produce the most oil. As such, I avoid this area when using an illuminating product. The point of an illuminator is to bring light to certain areas of the face to create that glowing effect. Typically you would place it down the center or your face, just above the brows, and on the tops of your cheekbones, but like I said, I skip the center of the face, except for just above the Cupid's bow.


My favorite formulas are powders, because they dust on easily and actually absorb some of my oil for an effect that is subtle and lovely. Not all powders work for me, though: I steer clear of anything with copious amounts of glitter or shimmer. Liquids can also work well, provided they are not full of glitter and shimmer. I like mine to have just a touch of sheen or an almost duo-chrome effect so I don’t look like I got smacked in the face by a pixie.

Here are four of my favorite illuminating products:NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gleam

This peachy pink highlighter has a gorgeous gold undertone and a slight shimmer that plays well against my skin. The best part about it is that once it sets it stays on all day.

Nars Illuminator in Orgasm

Similar in tone to the NYX illuminator, this one has a pearly sheen and gives a more noticeable glow to the face.

Milani Illuminating Face Powder in Amber Nectar

This was my first-ever luminizing product. The mixture of colors in the powder gives off a very thin veil of sheen.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light

This product is a cult favorite for a reason. You'll notice shimmer when you swatch it, but when it goes on the face the sparkle is almost undetectable. I've gotten so many compliments on the radiance of my skin since I started using this powder.


  • Do you prefer liquid or powder luminizers?
  • What are some of you favorite illuminating products?