The Benefit "That Gal" brightening face primer has been a favourite of mine for a long time. I really need to purchase the full size, though, because this dinky miniature isn't going to last me much longer. This primer is great for those mornings when your skin is looking pretty dull and you want to make it look like you did get a full 7 hours sleep the night before.
I don't even need to think about this one. The MAC mineralize skinfinish in "Soft & Gentle" is, in my opinion, all you'll need. Some highlighters can make you look like a disco ball gone wrong and some can just make your skin look radiant and lustrous and this is most definitely the latter. Sweep this along the tops of your cheekbones and you're good to go.
I have a couple of picks for this category, one of them being Urban Decay's eyeshadow in "Venus". I use this eyeshadow on a regular basis in the corners of my eyes and also it on my brow bone. It' a kind of off-white semi matte shade, which makes it the ideal shade to use as a highlight. The next product I love for brightening up my eye area is the rimmel scandaleyes waterproof kohl in "nude". Applying this on the inner corner of your eyes and along your waterline can really help to give your eyes a brighter appearance and this shade is much less harsh than white. It also helps to counteract any redness around you eye area and prevent them from looking dull. In my opinion, if you're aiming to cheat that wide awake look then the eyes are the areas to concentrate on.
What are your go to products that help you fake brighter skin?