Considering that we spend the majority of our day bathing in harsh fluorescent light at the office, we're constantly craving the glowy, naturally-airbrushed skin we get from candlelight. As if they heard our cry, the beauty industry has answered with a slew of concealing and illuminating products designed with candlelight in mind—they'll perfect your skin just as beautifully as forgiving mood lighting, with strobing benefits to boot. Instead of relying on your Diptyque Baies candle, look to these seven do-it-all miracle-workers.
Typically, your desired Instagram filter gives you the same retouching effects as candlelight. And who knows that better than famed beauty vlogger Michelle Phan? For coverage that's not too matte—you want to keep it natural, after all—look to her luminous tinted formula, which can be worn alone, as well as mixed with a foundation or moisturizer. You can also dab a bit on your cheekbones, bridge of your nose, brow bones, or cupid's bow as a highlighter.
EM by Michelle Phan Makeup Mood Enhancer, $23; emcosmetics.com.
Just like candlelight, the Photoluminescent Technology in this powder filters out harsh light and color corrects, thus diffusing and softening the skin. Considering that it comes in six shades, ranging from Dim Light to Luminous Light, you might want to collect them all and hail them your "mood foundations."
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, $45; sephora.com.
You can use this opalescent, champagne-hued highlighting powder to blur imperfections, as well as for subtle strobing—dusting it on all the high planes of the face that light hits naturally including the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, or temples.
Kevyn Aucoin Beauty 'The Celestial' Powder, $44; nordstrom.com.
If you want to warm up your strobing job with a spot of color or simply substitute your blush, the mixture of golden and rose-colored sheen in this highlighting powder will add a muted pop of color while keeping the skin even and glowy.
Too Face Candlelight Glow Duo Highlighting Powder, $30; toofaced.com.
For candlelight-esque contouring, Tilbury's 2-in-1 bronzer and highlighter is a must. The sculpting, pearlescent pigment blends with ease—making it the perfect formula for carving out your facial features. (You know, without it looking *too* done.) Plus, the complementary highlighter has a golden base with Light Flex Technology that'll make your skin look radiant.
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Facesculpt & Highlight; nordstrom.com.
To target particularly vexing shadows, fine lines, and even blemishes, this candlestick-in-a-pen perfector can be applied to bare skin or over foundation. It's the throw-it-in-your-purse secret to healthy, flawless-looking skin.
Dior SkinFlash Radiance Booster Pen, $38; macys.com.
This creamy, long-wear shadow not only smooths out fine lines and vanishes dark circles, but can also be used as a primer with Broad Spectrum SPF 15. Swipe it on to brighten, conceal, and protect for more youthful eyes.
bareMinerals '5-in-1 BB' Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow in CandlelitPeach, $18; shop.nordstrom.com.