When it comes to parties for me there is only one product that is a must! That is a good cheek illuminator!
You can have no eyeshadow and a simple nude lip but if your cheeks glow and feel confident then bingo! That's your party look done!
Here are a few illuminators (I have a humongous collection of them) that I thought are worth the mention in case you are planning on a party look.
These are mainly high end/expensive but I incorporated a drugstore one which I think performs like a high end.
Let's the party begin!
This is a newly released baby! It's the Laura Mercier Illuminator. Hurry it's out now but not for long!
It's on the £30+ mark but you just need this product and you are done!
I would imagine this will suit most skin tones but it depends how you apply it and how much. It looks pink on the pan and yes, it is pink but it has lots of other colours to it. It's incredibly finely milled. Super super soft.
Can you appreciate how gorgeous this is? Well in real life is 10 times of what you see here. I have to swatch the little in betweens because I'm so silly and I don't want to ruin the embossing!
This is a liquid illuminator. It's the Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel. This unfortunately was limited edition this year (can't remember the collection-sorry).
This one is more on the gold side of illuminators. It looks gorgeous when you have you photos taken.
It's soft and gentle and how it looks really depends on how much you put on.
I think it was something like £25+.
A good alternative is the N7 illuminator in the peachy colour. Mind you it's not the same- just similar. One is well...Chanel and the other is N7! Say no more. I know I'm a label whore!
Another multipurpose powder will be the Dior Healthy Glow Summer Powder in 001 Aurora.
This is a bronzer, blush and illuminator all in one "supposedly" I guess it depends on your skin tone how illuminating this will be. I am a NC25-30 at the moment and it does give a glowy look. This is ideal for parties. You just need this one product and you have your entire cheek done! No need to carry 3 separate products (blush, bronzer and illuminator). This again was limited edition and it was about near £30.
You can see more photos on the post I did when I bought it here. And you can see a FOTD where I used it here.
And of course I cannot do a post on illuminators and not mention the Jemma Kid Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Creme in 02 Gold Rose.
This is my go-to cream illuminator. I cannot live without this stuff! Just cannot.
It gives the most natural glowy cheek I've ever seen! You can see a FOTD post of me wearing it here.
This one is my drugstore product for this post. It's the GOSH Giant Sun Powder in shade 001.
This thing is HUGE! Seriously I can just hold it in my palm. This is a 30g powder so it will literally last you for ever. It gives you a gold shimmer look which looks quite something on photos or on a candlelight night. I think it was about £13 or around that. Amazing quality for the money.
You can see another photo and how it looks on on this phototutorial I did ages ago. See here.
And to finish this post I just couldn't resist not adding this photo. Just look at how gorgeous this powder is. Seriously I don't think I had this much love for a cheek product like this in some time. I can literally look at this stuff for hours.
And lastly my favourite illuminator is Willow! When I see her my cheeks, eyes and hear illuminate! I know it sounds cheesy as hell but it's true. I rescued her from Battersea and from the day I saw her in the kennel when I was contemplating the adoption I just loved her! After that initial visit I had to wait like 3 weeks to have a home visitor to give the ok and have two interviews with Battersea people before they said, ok- you can adopt her. And during all these 3 weeks I kid you not I called EVERY single day to see if she was there. Anyone with the ok already and with the right profile for her could have taken her while I was waiting!
I just cannot express how much love I feel for this little dog. She's so cheeky and sweet. She just stole our heart! It's not joke when they say love (even for dogs) makes you look glowy :)