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10 Illuminating Face Lotions for Glowy, Gorgeous Skin

Glow, baby, glow. Master that effortlessly dewy look with beauty's new skin care darling, illuminating moisturizers (aka glotions)
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Glow is having a serious moment. Brands like Becca and Anastasia Beverly Hills are all about the highlight (see: Becca x Jaclyn Hill and Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit), and even Kim Kardashian has traded her signature contour for strobing (check out our tutorial here). Plus, there's just something so youthful and fresh about dewy, glowy skin. As someone who is a fan of glow, shimmer, sparkle and all iterations thereof, my glitter-encrusted heart skipped a beat when I heard about glotions, the latest way to give your skin a luminous finish. Glotions (sadly, I cannot take credit for the name) are part moisturizer, part luminizer. They make your skin look ethereal without being OTT sparkly (no disco ball effect, scout's honor). Wear one solo for an effortless look, mix it into your foundation for a dewy tinted moisturizer effect or dab some on the tops of your cheekbones to get that Taylor-Swift-post-gym glow.

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A 'Vacay Glow Without the Vacay' Glotion
The Estee Edit Beam Team Hydrate + Glow, $42

Dry skin, fear shimmer no more. This illuminating moisturizer is formulated with hyaluronic acid, which can hold 1,000 times its weight in water and is a superstar at keeping skin hydrated. This lightweight lotion also contains shimmer pearls, which help even out the skin tone and give skin the prettiest luminosity. Plus, it comes with a flip cap that reveals superconcentrated shimmer to highlight your cheekbones, the inner corners of your eyes, under your brows and anywhere else you want to add extra glow. Choose between Sheer Golden Beige and Sheer Sun-Loving Bronze -- they'll both give you a look that can only be described as sun-kissed.

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A Glotion for Wide-Awake Skin
Clinique Turnaround Daytime Revitalizing Moisturizer, $38

You know those nights where you should have gone to bed, but just had to see what happened on the next (and the next, and the next) episode of "Stranger Things?" Yeah, this is the moisturizer you want to use the morning after. It comes in two sheer shades, Rosy Glow and Golden Glow, to help color correct the effects of last night's binge session (read: dull, tired skin). The formula is oil-free, so you'll look 100 percent glowy and zero percent greasy. Shimmery particles act like CPR for zombie-like pallor.

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The Finer Things in Life Glotion
Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Prism Cream, $42

When you put on this glotion you'll hear an angel's chorus, because you will be in actual heaven. It contains 24k gold, which sounds gimmicky but actually helps lock in hydration and boost collagen for firmer skin. A blend of hyaluronic acid, aloe, jojoba oil and avocado oil keep skin luxuriously hydrated and leave it feeling as soft as the underbelly of a chinchilla. And, as you might imagine, the gold serves a dual purpose: it also makes skin glow with the radiance of a thousand Gigi Hadids.

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All the Anti-Aging Glotion, Please
Boscia Tsubaki Glotion, $38

If you like your glow with a side of anti-aging ingredients, this is your moisturizer. Light-reflecting minerals instantly perk skin up, while tsubaki oil, rice bran oil and Japanese sea kelp provide long-term benefits; free-radical fighting, dark spot reducing and wrinkle diminishing, respectively. Despite containing oil, this moisturizer is lightweight enough to wear during the day.

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BY ALLIE FLINN | MAY 9, 2017 | SHARES
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