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12 skin illuminators which will help you fake awake

Section: How to fakeawake

You probably see some mums looking refreshed for a day and wonder how do they look so awake? Although a full 12 hours sleep might sound like the trick to feeling fresh and ready for the day, we know it's not always possible, so what if you could fake awake? 

There is no doubt that you were up at least once during the night, (if you were lucky!) or up at the break of dawn to tackle a full day of parenting, work or cleaning. At times you probably feel like you wake up feeling 10 years older rather than refreshed, leaving your skin looking a little dull - but we know how to help!

With these amazing skin illuminators, you can fake awake by giving your skin a fresh glow, you just might need an extra cup of coffee to keep those eyes open though.

Skin illuminators that will help you fake awake

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1) Marc Jacobs dew drop coconut gel highlighter, £33, Harvey Nichols

This coconut-infused gel can be applied to skin directly, or blended into foundation to give you a healthy glow in just 1 or 2 pumps. It’s formulated with provitamin B5, to help hydrate and nourish skin, as well as different forms of coconut that help with longer wear, hydration, fragrance and revitalisation of your skin.
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2) Twilight radiance palette, £22.50, Bare Minerals

This creamy highlighter trio palette is easy to apply, giving you a glow and complimenting your skin. You can mix and match the colours or use seperately and they blend like a dream.
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3) No7 skin illuminator, £12.50, Boots

At an amazing price, this illuminator instantly enhances your complexion for a natural looking radience. Either mix with your foundation or use as a primer.
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4) Naked skin illuminizer translucent powder, £25, Urban Decay

If you're looking for a more natural look then this illuminizer is perfect! It reflects natural light, allowing your skin to show through the translucent powder. It gives you a gorgeous glow with a smooth finish, making you look ready to tackle any day after a sleepless night! 
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5) Haloscope, £18, Glossier

Available in 3 shades, the Haloscope highlighter is cruelty free and hypoallergenic. It's made from coconut and caster seed oil which are rich in vitamin E, and the outer rings are enhanced with real Rose Quartz or Golden Topaz. To apply, simply glide directly onto face and tap lightly with fingertips to blend. 
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6) Extra illuminating moisture balm, £45, Bobbi Brown

For a natural glow this balm is perfect, bringing dull complexions back to its natural radience. Pat this illuminating moisture balm over foundation for a subtle glow, or apply to bare skin!
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7) Revolution pro illuminate 21G, £4, Superdrug

Fake awake with a simple swipe of a powder brush! this pro illuminate product brightens your face by adding a subtle glow.

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  • Author: Samantha Ball Samantha Ball
  • Job Title: Freelance writer

Samantha is a mum of one, in a house full of boys. Her hobbies are long hikes, coffee tasting, and being a bit of an *obsessive* cleaner.

She also runs a blog Student Mum Diaries about what it’s like to be a student mum. 


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