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The Best Illuminating Makeup Bases For A Radiant, Smooth Complexion

Most women think makeup bases just work to prep your skin for your foundation and helps it last longer. In actual fact, they do that and so much more. Makeup bases not only help to smooth your complexion, they also help to conceal subtle flaws. They can even be used on their own when you want to create a more natural yet still polished look.

Many of the newer makeup bases also are chock full of skin-loving ingredients, vitamins, and nutrients to hydrate and treat your complexion so skin doesn’t look dry even after a full day of makeup. We’ve selected some of our favourite radiance-boosting bases and primers, because who doesn’t love a luminuous complexion. And while they come in different textures and shades, they all help to perfect your complexion while giving you a gorgeous glow.

#1: Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base, $70
The fluid illuminates the complexion for an understated and elegant outdoors-inspired glow. It has intense reflection pearls to help blur and minimise minor imperfections for shimmer-free luminosity. With a water-rich formula, it helps to lock in moisture to hydrate the skin and boost radiance. Its lightweight texture glides on with an imperceptible feel and is effortlessly blendable. #2: Becca Backlight Priming Filter, $58, Sephora
Infused with three unique Filtering Luminescent Pearls, this whipped fluid creates a smooth canvas and acts as an instant filter for a healthy, luminescent glow. It has Backlighting Pearls inspired by the golden hour in photography to diffuse light, Filtering Pearls that provide warmth, radiance and help even out skin tone, as well as Afterlighting Pearls for a soft-focus, ethereal, all-day glow #3: Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base, $52
Part make-up AND part skin care, this claims to veil the skin in a ray of light to beautify the complexion with a sheer finish while visibly minimising small imperfections. It also has the antioxidant-rich white tea extract to soothe, moisturise and protect the complexion. #4: Diorsnow Brightening Makeup Base Colour Correction SPF35/PA+++, $84
This watery fluid helps to revive dull areas of the face and illuminate lacklustre skin with a natural rosy glow. and a fresh, radiant complexion. It also has edelweiss extract to brighten and protect skin. #5: Estee Lauder Crescent White Brightening Makeup Base SPF 30/PA+++, $89
This sheer, fluid base uses advanced optics and skin-brightening lavender pigments to instantly correct and minimise dull, sallow tones and dark spots. It also helps to defend skin against hyperpigmentation. A  potent moisture complex keeps skin hydrated for hours, while its smoothing benefits allows makeup to glide on effortlessly. #6: IDS Diamond Dust Perfector, $65
This lightweight, skin-tone perfecting makeup base instantly blurs fine lines and imperfections. It provides a radiant matte finish, while enhancing skin’s clarity. Available in one universal shade, it blends seamlessly into skin and can be used in three different ways: after moisturiser, before applying foundation for a flawless finish, or (for very dry skin) mixed into your moisturiser. #7: Nars Radiance Primer SPF 35, $65
This has a Radiance Boosting Complex, to revive dull, tired skin instantly and over time, as well as encapsulated sunscreen beads that release on contact for a luxuriously fresh broad spectrum protection. It not only warms the complexion and boosts radiance with refined pearlescence, but is also infused with plant extracts to boost skin vitality over time. #8: M.A.C Prep + Prime Natural Radiance, $65.60
This silky gel emulsion is rich in natural ingredients that hydrates and primes to improve foundation or powder application, control oil and promote smooth texture. Antioxidant-rich vitamins E and C protect, while caffeine calms the skin. Its illuminating pearl powders reflect optic radiance to give a gorgeous glow. #9: Shu Uemura Stage Performer Glow Creator, $62
This can be used either under or over your foundation to boost radiance. It has a 24-hours moisturising formula and clear pearls to give you a natural looking glow. #10: Sulwhasoo Makeup Balancer in No. 2 Light Purple, $80
Peony extracts help to give radiance to dull skin tones, while the pastel lavender shade covers sallowness. This also helps to gently balance skin’s moisture content and tone to create a healthy foundation.    #11: Tom Ford Complexion Enhancing Primer, $100
The hydrating primer is enriched with an Infusing Complex and bridges the worlds of skincare and makeup. It brightens skin’s undertone, reversing signs of dullness or fatigue, and helps neutralise the appearance of discoloration while minimising the look of pores. Like this? Check out the hottest makeup shade now: Millennial Pink, the natural hair care range that will give you smoother, softer locks fast and the Korean sleeping mask line that will keep you looking fresh.