Sleeplessness, stress, and poor lifestyle choices can wreak havoc on your skin. Couple this with a strong caffeine dependency, and you're staring directly down the barrel of a sallow, tired, very dull complexion. It's times like these that a CC cream-and-highlighter routine just won't cut the mustard, and it's time to call in the big guns: A full coverage foundation that brightens and covers without looking like it was applied with a paintbrush. Illusive, yes, but not impossible. We know this, because after months of exhaustive research, we've found them.
Below, see our edit of the foundations that will perk up even the most tired skins, and no one will have the slightest clue that you worked on that brief til 1 a.m. last night (or, binged The Haidmaid's Tale). Keep scrolling to shop.
First things first: If you want your glow on 100 all day, you've got to lay the foundations. This primer/canvas hybrid from Tatcha is out-of-this-world. Silky and hydrating, it spreads across skin like velvet, nourishing from the likes of rice ferment and squalane. Also, it helps to protect skin from any less-than-desirable ingredients your foundation might contain.
2018 is officially the year to let go of all fears associated with stick foundation, because they are nothing like the $5 rendition you used when you were 14. Matte and waterproof, this formula will outlast even the longest of meetings and presentations without so much as a budge. It's creamy and workable too. Swipe across your nose, forehead, and chin before blending out with a Beauty Blender.
Ah, the OG and best when you want glow + coverage, without the bulk. This will hide redness, pimples, and darkness like a boss. If you don't believe us, check the 1000+ 5-star reviews on Mecca instead.
Glowy skin without blowing your savings account? Easy! Just ask Revlon. The finish is semi-matte, and the coverage medium-buildable. The included antibacterial blending sponge makes it great for anyone who does their makeup on the run, too.
At an even juicier price point is this offering from the talented folk at Covergirl. It's hydrating, packed with vitamins, and will leave even the saddest skin looking a little more sprightly. It's got SPF too, making it a great choice for every day.
Makeup melt off faster than a scoop of Messina in the height of summer? Meet the anti-powder that will help. It keeps makeup locked in, whilst imparting a subtle glow and airbrushed finish. It's only new, and already has a tonne of rave reviews online.
If you like a formula you can build up to a desired coverage whilst still looking like natural skin, this new pick from Dior is for you. Aside from coming in a staggering 40 shades, it's light, has great pigment payoff, and has a wonderful fluid texture that makes it a cinch to apply.
If the packaging doesn't perk you up, the product itself will. Lighter than air, this formula disguises blemishes and uneven tone really well. If you've got really stubborn under-eye circles, pair it with the brands concealer for a bright, "I'm awake" finish.