In the beauty industry, there are a handful of tinted moisturizers that are almost unanimously considered the best (NARS' and Laura Mercier's formulas are the two that immediately come to mind). But these prestige tubes aren't exactly cheap, especially if you use tinted moisturizer every day and wind up having to restock on a near-monthly basis. But luckily, you can still achieve healthy, even-looking skin without blowing your budget, thanks to the best drugstore tinted moisturizers (under $20, outlined ahead).
When shopping for a tinted moisturizer, you'll also want to consider BB creams and CC creams, which work similarly. All of these types of base makeup provide light-to-medium coverage, though BB creams usually offer extra good-for-skin benefits, while CC creams offer the added benefit of color-correcting. If you're not into full-on foundation but still want a bit of coverage, tinted moisturizer, BB creams, and CC creams are all great alternatives — and you'll find the best in each category listed ahead.
Just keep in mind, if you don't buy a tinted moisturizer (or BB/CC cream) with an SPF, make sure you're applying sunscreen first. And if your base makeup of choice contains an SPF below 30, you should still wear sunscreen, too, since the American Academy of Dermatology recommends wearing an SPF of at least 30 every single day if you plan on going outdoors (yes, even when it's rainy or cloudy).