These new foundations can make you look instantly younger

If there’s one product that can make you go from tired to radiant in the swipe of a brush, it’s foundation. There are so many clever new formulas out there that you can match to your skin concerns and instantly improve everything from dullness and wrinkles to big pores and dehydration.

We’ve been busy testing out the newest bases to find out which ones made our complexion younger, glowier and smoother. Read on to discover our new must-haves AND the clever make-up artist secret for applying them flawlessly..

Want instant radiance?

Max Factor Radiant Lift, £14.99

This new foundation is aimed at anyone 30+ who doesn’t want flat, matte skin, yet find traditional ‘dewy’ bases leave them looking more sweaty than luminous.

This formula gives a lovely, subtle glow, and hydrates skin while minimising wrinkles. It’s buildable too, so if you like freckles showing through, you can do that. There’s also SPF30 in the base to keep your skin protected from ageing rays.

Dehydrated, tired skin?

Lancôme Skin Feels Good, £25

A lot of bases have skincare benefits, but this one is pretty much an anti-ageing moisturiser with a BB-like skin tint.

It’s particularly helpful for anyone wanting improvements NOW, because the combination of hyaluronic acid and antioxidants claims to make your complexion look healthier with no base whatsoever, in five days flat. We tried it, we saw it. Our skin just seemed generally less tired-looking overall.

Need daytime touch-ups?

Nudestix Nudies Tinted Blur, £28

We’re wary of foundation sticks, as they can look heavy on anyone apart from flawless 20-somethings. This, however, has a slidey, glidey kind of texture that doesn’t just stop it settling into fine lines, but has an actual blurring effect.

The coverage is sheer and healthy-looking, like a BB in a stick. We perhaps wouldn’t pick it up over a liquid as our go-to, but it’s great as a quick daytime base you can keep in your bag for on-the-go touch-ups.

Uneven skin tone?

L’Oréal Infallible 24H-Matte, £8.99

If you’re after full-fat coverage on a budget, we’re fans of this US bestseller that recently launched in the UK. While far from the ‘tinted moisturiser’ end of the makeup spectrum, it’s still very wearable as it’s all about lightly skimming your skin rather than plastering it like a wall.

Expect evened-out pigmentation, barely-there pores, and skin that looks velvety but not lifeless. A great evening foundation for less.

Troublesome wrinkles?

Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Filter, £12.99

This light-diffusing formula claims to copy the effect you’d get from popping a social media filter on your photos. While it doesn’t magically slim your double chin or pop a flower chain around your head, there’s definitely an impressive, instant soft-focus effect. The marketing’s doubtless aimed at millennials, but it’s very effective and flattering on older skin.

Finally! More high street options for darker skin

Rihanna wasn’t the first person to notice darker skin tones aren’t covered brilliantly by some foundation ranges, but her Fenty Pro Filt’r Foundation, £26 (40 shades, with half for darker skin tones), has certainly kept the pressure on high-street brands to up their shade game.

In the past couple of months alone, several bestsellers have extended their shade range, including Rimmel’s Match Perfection, £8.29, and Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless, £6.99.

The pro secret you need to know

Concealer first or foundation first? Actually, the answer is… neither. We picked up this clever tip from our shoot’s makeup artist, Leah Carmichael from Kat Von D Artistry Collective, and it’s totally changed how we do our base.

‘After priming the skin, place two or three dabs of concealer under the eyes, but don’t blend,’ she says.

‘Now use a brush to apply your foundation, leaving the under-eye area until last.’

‘The concealer and base will then just blend together perfectly, making the under-eyes look instantly brighter and diffusing any blue tones in the skin.’

Do it with Kat Von D’s brilliant, long-lasting Lock-It Concealer and Liquid Foundation, £27.

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