Get dewy, camera-ready skin in under 10 seconds.

By Kayla Greaves
Jul 30, 2020 @ 5:57 pm
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There are pros and cons to 2020 being the year where in-person meetings became a thing of the past and video calls suddenly became all the rage.

The pros are that you have the option to turn off your video if you'd rather work in peace as your hair is in messy twists from last week's wash day, and you can work naked on your couch without anyone knowing.

The cons, well, con I should say, is that sometimes you're forced to turn on your video when you least expect it.

Clothes and hair are an easy fix for the most part, but skin? Not so much.

Thankfully, Ilia's Liquid Light Serum Highlighter can save you in those instances when you've run out of excuses as to why your camera mysteriously stopped working — and it only takes less than 10 seconds to apply.

This highlighter-serum hybrid is the perfect two-in-one product to give your skin an instant dewy, luminous glow when you have no choice but to turn your camera on in a rush.

To shop: $42;

Since it's a liquid highlighter, I usually apply one pump to my fingertips, then mix it with my favorite moisturizer and massage it onto my whole face. But, you can also use it on its own or only tap it on specific areas of your face, if you prefer.

In under 10 seconds, my skin instantly looks more vibrant, radiant, and most importantly, camera-ready — even if I'm mentally not.

Another plus is that since Ilia makes a point to infuse skincare into their cosmetic products, you can rest assured that this two-in-one potion is also nourishing your skin at the same damn time.

The vegan and cruelty-free formula includes hydrolyzed algae to control oil production so you'll never look greasy on-screen, marine actives to protect against free radicals and UV light, and mastic to help give skin a smooth and even texture over time.

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Now, I understand the $42 price tag may seem like a lot to spend on a highlighter, but luckily, a little goes a long way with this bad boy. So, just know that this bottle should last you a while.

Plus, it will save you at least one skincare step in the morning, and who doesn't love the sound of that?

The Splurge is our recurring column dedicated to expensive beauty products that are worth it. This week, why we're rebuying Ilia's Liquid Light Serum Highlighter, despite the $42 price tag.