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Best on test: cheat your way to a glowing complexion with instant skin brighteners

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Champney's beauty balm is a light liquid-cream that brings instant radiance when applied under makeup 

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The versatile Me Me Me Shimmy Shimmers palette can be used to give an all-over glow, as an iridescent blush, specific highlighter or individual eyeshadows 

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Applied to the cheeks on top of blusher, Bourjois' Illuminating Touch helps skin look smoother, younger and healthy 

22 JUNE 2009

Our complexions are meant to glow throughout the summer, although that’s traditionally been as a result of sunbathing which, hopefully, many of us are now avoiding. But there are ways to make sure skin looks brighter, luminescent and even more youthful, instantly…

Champneys Perfect Skin Illuminating Beauty Balm, £10. A light liquid-cream that gives skin the tiniest hint of lightly shimmery pink, it helps the complexion look just a tad healthier and less drab. Applied under make-up, it lifts the face for a finish that looks a little smoother. The results aren’t dramatic, just imperceptibly improved. From Sainsbury’s.

Me Me Me Shimmy Shimmers, £6.99. A mirrored palette containing a block of five strips of complementary shades in powder form, you can use it for all-over glow, iridescent blush, specific highlighter or as individual eyeshadows. All five colours in the palette contain tiny shimmery particles that subtly catch the light and they’re such pretty, warm shades, they flatter and enhance skintone so your complexion looks softer and brighter. Great value for a truly versatile piece of make-up. From Superdrug.

Bourjois Illuminating Touch, £6.25. A tiny pot of pressed apricoty powder filled with golden iridescence, applied on top of blush to the apples of cheeks it just grabs the light so skin looks smoother, younger and super-healthy – especially in photographs and on much older skins which appear quite dramatically improved. A real little miracle worker that gives guaranteed instant glow on all skin types.

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