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Just lately I've been lusting for a dewy, bronzed up complexion. Perhaps it's because SS14 is creeping in, but a heavier matte base has been feeling a little dull and so I've found myself frequently reaching for my go-to 'glow' picks.

First up, MACs 'MSF' in 'Gold Deposit' - AKA a bronzing junkies kryptonite. Flaked layers of velvety high-frost metallic powder that buffs into the skin for an ΓΌber bronze glow. It's worth mentioning that a lighter touch is required for those of us with fairer complexions. Find it here for £22.

In need of a tinted-moisturiser-come-foundation? Benefit have got your back. 'You Rebel' gives medium coverage, SPF15 protection and packs a pretty powerful moisture punch in one swift swipe of a foundation brush. At it's best in combination with a tan (from a can, in my case), it's the my secret weapon for faking holiday skin. Find it here for £24.50, or here for the lighter shade.

For something even lighter on the skin, The Body Shop's 'All-In-One BB Cream' is my go-to. It deposits from the tube in a white cream packed full of pigment-filled capsules which burst when blended to perfectly match the skin. It's the ultimate 'no-makeup-makeup'. Find it here for £12.

My Holy Grail highlighter takes it's form in Benefit's 'High Beam'. A satin pink liquid formula that applies either across the brow/cheek bones as an on the spot highlight, or blended into the whole face for an overall glow. I like it blended into the triangle between my cheekbones and up to the corners of my eyes for a Kardasian-esque gleam. Find it here for £19.50 (full size, sample pictured).

Next up, my go-to under eye concealer for lighter coverage days. The Body Shop 'Lightening Touch' features light-diffusing particles and a gel formula that blends in for a 'concealer? what concealer?' look. I use the salmon shade to combat my dark circles, and there's never a caky, creased up eyelid in sight. Find it here for £14.

MACs 'Lustre Drops' in 'Sun Rush' is a bronzer that applies like liquid sun (their cheesy line, not mine). Subtler than Benefit's 'High Beam', I reach for this water-based, pearlised highlight when I'm after a gentler luminosity and tend to sweep it across my cheekbones and forehead with my fingers straight from the tube. Find it here for £18.

My last pick is Soap & Glory's 'Glow All Out Lumizing Face Powder' - the only powder in my collection that doesn't seem to dull out my complexion, instead lifting it to give a pearlised, pink toned lit from within glow. I tend to use it all over, but it also works as a powder highlight when packed on a little heavier across the cheek and brow bones. Find it here for £11.

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