Isn’t it almost always really challenging to find a shade of illuminator that suits you best? You may find a shade that’s slightly lighter or darker than you’d like, but not that one perfect colour that really does it for you. But guess what? You can now save yourself the trouble of hunting for an illuminator that truly suits you, as you can easily make it yourself!

Looking to know more about how you can do this? Keep scrolling, and you’ll find out.

DIY liquid illuminator

Option 1: Using Liquid Foundation

You will need:

What you need to do:

Step 1: Place a little of your liquid base (about the size of a pea) on a clean surface.

Step 2: Pass a clean brush through the eye shadow about three or four times.

Step 3: Mix the foundation and eye shadow together before you apply it to your skin.

Option 2: Using a moisturizer

You will need:

  • A lightweight moisturizer
  • A shade of eye shadow that suits your skin tone

What you need to do:

Step 1: Apply a little of lightweight moisturizer on the peaks of your cheekbones. Be sure not to entirely rub the moisturizer into your skin.

Step 2: Rub your fingertip—or two fingertips for intense shine-- against the eye shadow, and apply it right onto the moisturizer

Step 3: Blend the moisturizer and eye shadow. However, make sure you don’t rub it too much, or spread it too low or too far into the cheek area.

Step 4: Use the remaining mixture along your brow bones to make them glow.

Option 3: Using oil

You will need:

  • An oil – olive oil, grape seed oil, jojoba oil, or argan oil work well
  • Any shimmery eye shadow or a mix of eye shadows that suit your skin tone-- champagne, pearl, and nude shades are your best bet
  • A small container for mixing

What you need to do:

Step 1: Scrape out the eye shadow into a small container.

Step 2: Add about a teaspoon of oil to the eye shadow.

Step 3: Mix the two together until you get the consistency you desire—a slightly runny mixture works best.

Step 4: If you feel like the mixture is too thin, add some moisturizer to the mixture to make it thicker.

Step 5: Be sure to mix this well before you use it.

Here’s some food for thought while making your own liquid illuminator:

  • Always try the final result on your hand before applying it on your face, so as to make sure that you’ve got the colour right. If it isn’t, add some more shadow to the mix to get the colour you desire.
  • You can use an eye shadow that has more glitter for a visible illumination, or then one that has less glitter if you’re looking for something subtler.

Shimmery shades like light gold add a touch of warmth to the illuminator. However, be sure not to overdo the shimmer, as too much of it won’t be of any good, and may also leave your skin looking oily.