Illuminating moisturizers are trending on the beauty and make-up scene these days. For those of you who’re unaware of what illuminating moisturizers are, here’s some context.

Illuminating moisturizers are basically moisturizers with a hint of sheen and glossiness in them. They have a luminous, radiant and illuminating effect on the skin. They work both as moisturizers and highlighters. So, you don’t have to invest in them separately.

They hydrate your skin and make your skin look lustrous at the same time. They impart a very natural glow to the face. They can sometimes, double up as cream based highlighters also.

A lot of illuminating moisturizers are available in the market but they’re a little heavy on the pocket depending on the brand.

Here’s a make-up hack using which you may make your own DIY illuminating moisturizer at home in just 2 minutes.

Read on to find out how.


Step 1.

Take the desired amount of moisturizer in a clean and dry bowl.

The moisturizer could be of your preferred brand that suits your skin type well.

Step 2.

Take a little amount of illuminating powder or highlighter.

Add it to the bowl.

Now, the choice of illuminating powder or highlighter is the most important step and is based on two parameters, namely:

  • Skin type
  • Complexion

According To Skin Type:

If you have oily skin, do not use cream based illuminating powders or highlighters as they will make your face look greasy. People with oily skin should choose matte illuminating powders or highlighters.

People with dry skin can afford to choose either cream based or matte illuminating powder or highlighters. Both will work for them.

According To Complexion:

People with fair to medium skin tone should opt for pink or silver colored illuminating powders or highlighters. Lighter hues would work wonders for them. Using deep colors will make the face look contoured or darker than the original skin tone.

People with dusky complexion should go for golden or bronze illuminating powders or highlighters. Using light colors will make dark people look like shiny disco balls!

Step 3.

Mix the moisturizer and illuminating powder or highlighter with a spatula.

Make sure to mix thoroughly so that the illuminating powder or highlighter blends uniformly with the moisturizer.

Step 4.

Transfer this mixture into a clean and dry container.

And we’re done! Our DIY Illuminating Moisturizer is ready.


  1. The amount of highlighter that goes into the formulation is your call. If you’d like an intense shimmery and lustrous look, then add more highlighter. If you’d like a less glossy look, add less highlighter. The formula can be modified according to our needs.


  1. The color of highlighter may get a little subdued due to the addition of moisturizer. So, you may add or reduce accordingly.

How to use?

Use it just like you’d use usual moisturizers. Take a little bit of the illuminating moisturizer on your palm and massage it into your skin with your fingers.

Massage it in circular motion till it gets absorbed into the skin and you’re good to go!


The shelf life will be in accordance with the expiry date of the ingredients used that is the moisturizer and highlighter.

Make sure not to contaminate it with water or other debris.


People with different complexions and skin types can find it difficult to find an illuminating moisturizer that suits them. However, in the case of DIY illuminating moisturizer, the formula can be tweaked in accordance with our needs.

Illuminating moisturizers available in the market are usually costly and can end up burning a hole in your pocket. However, this one’s a cheap and affordable hack.

It is very easy to make and requires not more than 2 minutes of your time! You don’t have to go hunting for the perfect illuminating moisturizer in the market and waste your time.

It is very easy to use. It is to be used just as normal moisturizers.


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As you can see, the pros outweigh the cons.

So before you think of buying an illuminating moisturizer, do give this simple hack a try. It will save loads of your money and time!

So, this winter, ditch the monotonous, old, boring moisturizers and try this DIY illuminating moisturizer for a glossier, radiant and brighter skin.

Happy winters!