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The Best BB Creams To Give Dull Skin Instant Radiance

Fake your way to a good night’s sleep with these radiance-enhancing BB creams.

Masking the signs of fatigue like a dull complexion and uneven skin tone is one of the top priorities when you’re a modern woman wearing multiple hats, and what could promise immediate results like a BB cream that gives your skin an instant glow? Combining the benefits of a primer, makeup base, sunscreen and even foundation, these radiance-enhancing BB creams are infused with optical pigments to diminish the appearance of skin imperfections and improve the way skin reflects light. The result? A natural lit-from-within luminosity that makes you look energised and refreshed — great for masking the signs of fatigue and sleep deprivation. Here, our top picks that every woman should have:

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Illumination SPF 50+, $62 for 32ml
Thanks to the brand’s Drops of Light Technology, this colour-correcting formula flawless coverage while imparting skin with subtle radiance. It also contains antioxidants, peptides, vitamins and hyaluronic acid for added skincare benefits. 3CE Back To Baby BB Cream, $29 for 30ml
As its name suggests, this BB cream creates the illusion of a smooth, plump and radiant canvas, just like that of a baby’s skin. Infused with crystal water, diamond and pearl powders, it provides medium coverage while optimising skin’s reflection of light for a plump and glowing finish. Erborian BB Crème, $58 for 45ml
A thin layer of this nourishing BB cream delivers a boost of moisture to quench parched skin while its peachy tint instantly counters dull skin. Thanks to its lightweight texture, it also diffuses the appearance of enlarged pores without any greasiness or stickiness for a brighter, flawless finish. Clinique Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30/PA+++, $52 for 40ml
Perfect for those with oily-combination skin types, it is packed with antioxidants to protect skin while its oil-free formula offers medium to high coverage to mask blemishes and pores. All you have to do is shake the bottle well before application to mix its contents well for a velvety finish that lasts for 12 hours. YSL Beauty Top Secrets All-In-One BB Cream Skintone Perfector, $82 for 40ml
Lightly tinted to even out skin tone, this sheer emulsion blends into skin effortlessly for a soft, airbrushed finish. With just the right amount of light-reflecting pigments, the complexion is bathed in a healthy glow that’s beautiful on its own or under makeup. Guerlain Lingerie de Peau BB Beauty Booster, $77 for 40ml
As its name suggests, this BB acts like sheer lingerie to enhance your natural beauty. Using an invisible micro mesh made of stretch fibres, natural linen and silk fibres which adheres completely to skin to smooth and plump it. In a flash, skin is hydrated, protected and brightened. Laneige BB Cushion Whitening, $59 (for 15g x 2)
At the heart of this formula is the Sparkling Coat Pigment Technology, which coats colour pigments with pearl and water to deliver hydration and brightening actives to skin. Plus, the K-beauty brand’s Super Flex Lasting Technology also helps keep makeup looking fresh and ensure long-lasting hold. Clarins BB Beauty Perfector Anti-Pollution SPF 30/PA+++, $74 for 30ml
With a light and fluffy texture, this glides onto skin to reduce the appearance of unevenness and dullness for a satiny, second-skin finish. It is also enriched with antioxidants to fight free radical damage for healthier skin over time. Esprique Liquid Compact BB SPF 25 PA+++, $15 for case and $42 for refill
Pat on this lightweight liquid BB and watch as uneven skin tone, enlarged pores to fine lines get diminished for a smooth and supple complexion. Infused with the benefits of a serum, primer, sunscreen, foundation and face powder, it keeps skin plump while setting to a silky finish so you can literally use one product when rushing for time in the mornings.