Beauty DIY: Skin Luminizer--Plus Video!

Hey you! We made it to Friday! Weekend plans? I'll be spending my weekend packing. I can't stand packing, but I'm heading to the BEACH next week for the annual trip with my friends. I can't wait! But no worries--you can have the glow anytime of year with my DIY Skin Luminizer! If you have dry skin, you'll love this!
Just a slight glow

A luminizer, or illuminator, is generally a liquid or cream product that adds an instant glow to the skin. But these amazing products can cost $40-$70! By making it yourself, you can adjust the glow how YOU want, plus you can probably make it for free! Additionally, by making it yourself you can make sure that you won't have a reaction to the products. I've been doing this for years and can't wait to share it with YOU. Enjoy.

You'll Need:

Base+Powder Highlighter

mixing materials

  • Choose your base. I like using a liquid foundation because it is the easiest to mix with, but other alternatives: moisturizer, tinted moisturizer, or BB cream.
  • Choose your powder highlighter.You can certainly go high end, but I'm a drugstore kinda gal. I suggest Wet N Wild Bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana or Hard Candy Bronzer in Tiki.
  • Decide how much luminizer you'd like--is this being used as a liquid highlighter or a face luminizer?
  • I'm making enough for my face, so I'd pour just slightly more than I would usually wear onto my mixing surface. I'm using a tiny dipping sauce bowl I got in Chinatown. It's so teeny!
  • Then, do about two scrapes, right down the middle, for a barely-there glow. For a more intense glow, I'd double that amount. 

  • Mix it up! I suggest a swatch test on your hand to see how it looks. Play around with the consistency to see what looks best for you. I'm using a tiny spatula (almost everything is cuter in miniature!) that I got free at Sephora.
  • To have it look natural and dewy, a damp makeup sponge is key.
  • I dip the beauty sponge into the mix and dab it on where I want. Add more if needed. That's it!
  • I make enough just for one application to avoid problems with oxidation and expiration.
  • This can be worn alone, under, or on top of foundation. It depends on what products you're using, so experiment a little first. However, it will give everything it touches a glow, so hide those pores first! 
  • If you are going to be around flash photography, avoid this look OR look for products that don't have SPF in them. Otherwise you'll get Flashback, aka Ghost Face. I would do a flash test at home just in case. In the highlighter pic earlier in the post, I have the old version of Reserve Your Cabana, aka Acapulco Glow. I stocked up on these since the titanium dioxide is such a small amount.
  • Mix the highlighter with your lotion for a glow on your arms and legs!
Watch the video below to see how to make the luminizer 
(aka me acting like a dork, aka my Usual Self):

Have a great weekend! Be safe, behave, and be well. Love, Elle


  1. Have a fantastic weekend with your friends! Caroline

  2. i used to mix my suntan/bronzer with my lotion. never thought to use powder. great tips and video!

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  3. Will definitely remember this! I don't use luminizer often, so buying a specific product always feels like a waste of money. This is so easy to do with what I've already got.
    Happy packing! x

  4. Great DIY, Elle! Luminizers do cost a lot, so making your own makes sense.

    PS Love the necklace you wore in the vid.:D

  5. Elle, you are too funny on the video...vampires...hahahaha! I really liked it. I use liquid makeup, so this works great for me. Have a great time next week!

  6. Good tip! Have fun this weekend! My husband is actually in Atlanta now house hunting.

  7. Wow, this is so cool and your skin looks absolutely perfect, my dear!

    Have a great weekend,

  8. I love this tutorial and you look so gorgeously glowy so it must work. Yes, "hiding the pores" is something I have to do first, a good primer often helps :)
    *MlleWanderlust *

  9. I love the little glow! I hope you're having a good weekend dear!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  10. What a great idea and this looks great on you!

  11. I know! I love essence! :D xx

  12. thank you for this tutorial! so good! x

  13. Thanks for this DIY
    I will sure try it.

  14. I think packing is totally okay if you´re heading to the beach. So jealous. Love the video. I have to try that too <3


  15. You look lovely. I don't have dry skin but I'm gonna try this anyway. This is one of those things where I think to myself "why the heck haven't I thought of this before???" Lol, have a great week, xoxo.

  16. Fantastic! Have a great trip!


  17. I really like that post and video. Have a nice monday.


  18. Seriously I wish I had your makeup and hair skills. Always flawless. xx

  19. Great idea when you want to switch up liquid/ powder formulations. I'm going to try it!

  20. This is awesome! Thanks for sharing. You look beautiful by the way on the top photo.


  21. Wow what a great tutorial, I learn so much about beauty products every time I come here. Love the slight glow to the skin!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  22. you look amazing!!! i've never tried luminizer, but now i want to :)

  23. You look stunning and I hope you have a great time on your trip!



  24. Elle, thanks once again for the great DIY and make up tutorial. Of course, you look amazing !



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