7 serums for glowing golden hour skin all day, every day
You'll be looking radiant, rain or shine
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / July 15 2021
You know when you take a selfie in front of a window and suddenly your face is aglow with the light of a zillion suns and you've never looked like such a magical unicorn in your entire life? And then you step away only to realise that said stunning levels of luminosity have ever so rudely vanished?! Yeah, it's a pretty common (and elating-then-devastating) experience among those of us partial to glowing skin.
And the thing is, just about all of us are. Because while some are trying to amp up hydration levels, and some are trying to tone down the iffy kind of shine, none of us would say no to a Hailey Bieber-style glazed donut gleam.
Glow is the universal goal, it's true. But you can't necessarily get there solo. Even golden hour sunlight fades away eventually, and so we turn to skin care once again in hopes of reaching even our glossiest goals.
So if you're determined to keep your complexion glistening with radiance all day (and night for that matter), these are the brightening serums we recommend...
Tatcha The Dewy Serum
If there's one thing we've learned in our years of serum testing, it's that major hydration equals major glow. We suggest you allow this luminosity-enhancing lactic and hyaluronic acid wonderkid to prove it to you; it'll leave your face practically dripping with dew.
$134 at MECCA
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Serum Crystal Elixir
This guy will get you gleaming from the inside out while also making sure your skin's surface is blindingly bright as soon as you apply. Basically, it offers immediate and eventual glow gratification thanks to its pearlescent-finish formula and genius pairing of vitamin C and niacinamide.
$45 at Charlotte Tilbury
Sand&Sky Australian Emu Apple Dreamy Glow Drops
If we could give you one word for how your face will look after slapping this serum on, it'd be juicy. It's no surprise, either, considering it's jam-packed with an olive, jojoba and almond oil trio, plus Kakadu plum (a vitamin C super source) and Aussie emu apple (which aids vit-C absorption like you wouldn't believe).
$83.90 at Adore Beauty
Dior Diorsnow Essence of Light Brightening Serum
Firstly, it's important you know that this 'milk serum' feels as heavenly on the skin as it sounds like it would. Secondly, it's also worth noting that it utilises illuminating extracts from the edelweiss flower to diminish dark spots and dial your glow levels up tenfold.
$190 at Sephora
Kora Organics Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum
We've never seen Miranda Kerr look anything but positively radiant, and so we'd trust her beloved brightening serum (and its hero ingredient, the noni fruit) to brighten and refine our dull, pigmentation-prone faces any day. And hey, the impressive vitamin C concentration doesn't hurt either.
$86 at Adore Beauty
Milk Makeup Watermelon Brightening Serum
This brightening solid serum is a friend to both the dull-skinned and the spill-prone, and for that we are forever grateful. The watermelon works to hydrate and soothe, leaving the brightening load up to Swiss sprout extracts (yes, they're a thing, and your glow levels should be thrilled to hear it).
$55 at Sephora
Yves Saint Laurent Pure Shots Light Up Serum
If we're honest, this serum had us at the mention of 'Moroccan marshmallow' (a superstar soother, FYI), but the fact that it also delivers the perfect dose of vitamin C you need for daily dewiness (plus long-term luminosity) definitely sealed the deal.
$120 at Sephora