Being a mum means we are naturally all about the multi-use products.
We barely have two minutes on a morning to wipe a flannel across our sweaty foreheads, every last penny is spent on a tiny human and we are lazy. LAZY, OKAY!
That's why, if you find yourself with only enough time for a simple step in your morning routine, we implore you to make it a foundation with SPF. With one sweep you’ll hide signs of tiredness and protect skin from the sun, which is perfect for those summer days.
Here’s our pick of the best SPF foundations on the market...
Avon ANEW Beauty Age-Transforming Foundation SPF 15, £15, avonshop.co.ukReliable Avon. Easy to apply, this is seriously flattering makeup that leaves skin looking radiant. It lasts well too, which is great news when there's just no time to apply primer first (which is every day, probably…)
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr Foundation SPF 20, £7.99, boots.comUnbelievably good value, this creamy makeup glides on and won't sweat off after five minutes pushing the pram around the park. Best on normal or dry skins: oily faces may find it a little too rich.
Genie Cashmere Line-Smoothing Mineral Foundation SPF 15, £17.99, jmldirect.comThis feather-light powder boasts all-natural ingredients and – bonus! – reduces puffiness so reach for it after a bad night's sleep. Work into skin with a soft kabuki brush for a satin finish.
Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream SPF 15, £9.99, boots.comGood old Bourjois has done it again with this easy makeup: it corrects redness and blemishes with sheer colour, so it's ideal if you don't like your face to feel too 'done'. Pop it in your bag for on-the-go touch-ups.
The Body Shop Moisture Foundation SPF 15, £13, thebodyshop.comWant a foundation that you can apply with your fingers in five seconds flat? This is it. Lightweight and non-streaky, it's best on normal to dry skin, and colour goes on evenly. Choose from seven shades.
Lily Lilo Mineral Foundation SPF 15, £13.99, lilylolo.co.ukIf you haven't discovered this lovely British brand yet, put it on your to-do list. It's all-natural mineral makeup – no toxins, so great when you're pregnant or breastfeeding - and totally affordable. Buff on this powder with a brush for soft, sheeny skin.
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream SPF 30, £26, bareminerals.co.ukThis clever new gel is a BB cream, tinted moisturiser and high-protection mineral SPF all in one. Think natural, even coverage with added skincare benefits. Too good to be true? We roadtested it… and were seriously impressed. Colour was sheer and glowy but enough to cover blemishes.
M&S Autograph Daily Defence DD Cream SPF 30, £12.50, marksandspencer.comTiny pigments of colour burst when you apply this lightweight cream to your skin, softening the look of fine lines and exhaustion (hurrah!). Sometimes makeup with a high SPF can be chalky but this feels rich and nourishing. Great price, too.
Dr LeWinn's Skin Perfect Anti-Ageing Foundation SPF 15, £25, tesco.comAvailable in six shades, this is a great everyday makeup. It's almost foolproof to apply, even with your fingertips in a morning panic-rush. Expect a dewy finish and super-comfortable feel that lasts for hours.
Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser SPF 15, £22.50, boots.comIf you find foundation too heavy on warmer days, try this fabulous moisturiser: there's more than a hint of colour to instantly perk up your face.
Lancôme City Miracle CC Cream SPF 50, £28, debenhams.comLight and refreshing, this is an ideal summer makeup. It makes skin look airbrushed, evening out redness, blemishes and dry lines. And with an SPF of 50, it's the best protection you can find for days out in the sun.
Givenchy Eclat Matissime Fluid Foundation SPF 20, £34, houseoffraser.co.ukA luxury buy for sure, but Givenchy is genius at creating makeup that lights up your face. Somehow it manages to make your skin glow, but with a chic matte finish that also makes you look polished. Date night must-have.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm SPF 20, £23.50, urbandecay.co.ukThis only comes in one shade, a creamy apricot, but don't worry: it adds an outdoor glow to even the most sleep-deprived face. Hydrating and comfortable, the colour is subtle but super-flattering.
Estée Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup SPF 25, £37, esteelauder.co.ukStrictly a treat but you're paying for the skincare benefits: it's infused with a serum so fine lines are smoothed and skin looks rested and plump. Twenty-two shades mean you've got a good chance of finding one that exactly matches your skintone.
Diorskin Nude Air Serum Foundation SPF25, £35, boots.comAn investment at that price, but it comes with a dropper that measures out only the tiny amount you need to create a smooth, glowing base. If you like a fresh, dewy look, this is the one for you.