A tinted moisturizer is basically the cure-all for indecisive folks who can’t decide between just a moisturizer or a full-coverage mug. The double-duty product perfectly blends makeup and skincare to fix imperfections, enhance your complexion, protect you from the sun, boost hydration, and give you a healthy glow.
“Tinted moisturizers can be seen as an extension of your skincare routine with the instant benefits of improved skin tone and added radiance. Some address specific concerns including dry skin, acne-prone or oily skin and they often contain SPF to further simplify your routine,” Dani Kimiko Vincent, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Kimiko, tells ELLE.com.
Whether you have sensitive or oily skin, or just want an effortless beauty routine, we’ve compiled a list of the 19 best tinted moisturizers you never knew you needed.
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For Sunny Days
Slip Tint Dewy Tinted Moisturizer keep
Armed with SPF 35, this tinted moisturizer boasts skincare ingredients like jojoba esters, licorice, and pansy flower. Vincent names this a staple in her collection because it’s a “mineral-based SPF tinted moisturizer that touts hydration and brightening
For All Skin Types
Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector Broad Spectrum SPF 30
If you love Laura Mercier’s cult classic Broad Spectrum tinted moisturizer, the brand returned with its much cooler big sister. As the name suggests, this formula mixes SPF30 and vitamin C and E to make your skin look and feel as healthy as possible.
For A Fan-Favorite
Hydromaniac Glowy Tinted Hydrator Foundation keep
Perfect for dry and combination skin, this gem from Urban Decay is hydrating and buildable to help you achieve a flawless mug.
For A Drugstore Wonder
Glow Hydrating Skin Tint keep
Built around squalene for hydration, Milani’s tinted moisturizer is made for those who don’t mind looking like a gilded goddess.
For A Rihanna-Approved Option
Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint
Eaze Drop is basically the Instagram Paris filter in a bottle. It does enough to make you look radiant and even-toned, while giving you the best “no-makeup makeup” finish.
For Skincare Lovers
Clean Corrective With Vitamin C Tinted Moisturizer keep
Honest Beauty packed all the good stuff to protect your skin in this pint sized bottle, like vitamin C, broad spectrum SPF 30, and blue light defense.
For a Calming Effect
Winky Lux White Tea Tinted Veil Moisturizer keep
Keep troubled skin calm with the light blend of white tea and pomegranate extracts that soothe the skin throughout the day. This tinted moisturizer also features Broad spectrum SPF 30 just in case you skip sunscreen (never do that!).
For A Plumped Effect
ColourPop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Acid Tinted Moisturizer keep
Hyaluronic acid is the main ingredient to keep your skin hydrated, plumped, and glowing all for $14.
For Dewy-Looking Skin
Perfecting Skin Tint keep
Glossier’s Perfecting Skin Tint aims for “more skin, less makeup.” It will get you that cool-girl-on-Instagram-who-doesn’t-have-nearly-enough-followers look. It’s lightweight and meant to let your freckles show through.
For Mature Skin
Skin Feels Good Hydrating Skin Tint Healthy Glow SPF 23 keep
A little goes a long way, so your face will never feel cakey or weighed-down.
For Drugstore Lovers
Dream Fresh BB Cream 8-In-1 Skin Perfector keep
While there aren’t a lot of shades to choose from, Maybelline’s BB Cream is perfect for those looking for extremely sheer coverage. Top it off with Maybelline’s Super Stay Full Coverage concealer for extra support.
For An All-In-One
Touche Eclat All-in-One Glow keep
A BB cream? Check. A CC cream? Check. A moisturizer? Check. YSL’s all-in-one provides all the coverage and hydration you would ever need in one tube. You can use it daily as a tinted moisturizer or as part of a more layered foundation routine. The options are endless.
Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint keep
This skin tint includes hyaluronic acid, which helps promote firmer skin and elasticity.
For Oily Skin
Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen keep
This multitasking, oil-free formula is perfect for building up coverage on days when the sheer look is not enough.
For Dry Skin
Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer keep
Although moisture should be a given in tinted moisturizers, that’s not always the case. If you are looking for a hydrating product, grab this one from Bare Minerals. Mineral electrolytes work to nourish dry and thirsty skin and marine botanicals boost hydration. The hydrating gel cream also offers mineral-based SPF 30 sun protection.
For a Lightweight Feel
Nude Finish Tinted Moisturizer keep
Bobbi Brown’s lightweight formula will instantly hydrate your reptilian skin, all while giving you sheer coverage.
For a Universal Shade
Argan Daily Moisturizer Tinted SPF 47 Protect + Perfect keep
This product is the lightly tinted version of Josie Maran’s bestselling daily moisturizer. The product only comes in one universal shade that has been proven to match a wide variety of skin colors. The star ingredient is squalene, a hydrocarbon that is found naturally in the skin, which works to keep the skin fresh and hydrated.
Sunshine Skin Tint SPF 30 keep
The rollerball provides easy application of the weightless and translucent formula. Just roll and blend, roll and blend.
For Sensitive Skin
Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation [variation_tag_finish:Radiant]
Not only does the Ilia Skin Tint have all the benefits of a serum–Squalane, Niacinamide, and Hyaluronic Acid– it also is fragrance-free, reef safe, and is a clean beauty buy. With over 30 shades, this tinted serum is a safe choice for sensitive skin and for the eco-friendly buyer.
What’s the difference between foundation and tinted moisturizers?
If you want added coverage without feeling too weighed down, opt for a tinted moisturizer instead of foundation as foundations are typically formulated to provide higher coverage. “Tinted moisturizers offer lighter coverage than foundations and allow more of your natural skin to show through,” Vincent adds.
What should I look for in a tinted moisturizer?
When shopping for a tinted moisturizer, you want to consider your skin type and amount of coverage. “Choose a tinted moisturizer that suits your skin type, desired coverage level, and finish (dewy, matte, radiant, glowy etc). If you prefer a glowy finish, choose one that touts “radiance.” Also, you should look for skin tints with sun protection. Sunscreen should always be worn with or without makeup, but skin tints with SPF add an extra layer of sun protection.
How do I use a tinted moisturizer?
While the formulas are different, tinted moisturizers can be applied the same way you would a foundation. You can use your hands for light, your-skin-but-better coverage or reach for a foundation brush to build up the coverage to your liking.
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