Excuse me while I wipe the term “full coverage” from my brain. After nonstop years of piling on heavy foundations and complexion products, I’ve made the switch to skin tints or tinted moisturizers for ultra light, breathable wear, and I’m not looking back. While still providing a base layer of coverage, this group of products allows you to showcase your natural features (hi, freckles!) and glow. Even better, myriad skin tints and tinted moisturizers are formulated with good-for-your-skin ingredients like antioxidants, peptides, and more. Who doesn't love a dual-action product that amps up your skin’s radiance even after you take it off? Monsters, probably. All this is to say, one of the amazing skin tints or tinted moisturizers below should definitely be your next makeup move.
Unlike a CC cream that color corrects or foundation with full coverage, skin tints and tinted moisturizers generally just give you a subtle wash of color, evening out your overall skin tone every-so-slightly. They’re also the easiest way to get that glazed doughnut skin effect, as most full coverage foundations can leave you mattefied and don’t allow for any of your oil-slicked skin care to peep through. They blend quickly and easily, so you can just head out the door once you’re done. And if you're as tired as I am of my foundation melting onto my mask every time I climb a few staircases, these beauty items, along with a little setting spray, are right up your alley.
As more and more of these products start filling online and IRL shelves, the skin tints and tinted moisturizers below are a solid place to start.
You only need a few drops of Fenty Beauty's Blurring Skin Tint to get an even base coverage that’s buildable. The brand’s 25 flexible shades are perfect for a quick application right before you stumble out the door late to class or as the first step to a total glam look.
No one should leave the house without putting on some sunscreen to protect your skin. But, rather than ruin your immaculate skin care routine with a greasy finish, Tarte's Tinted Moisturizer boasts SPF 20 and an oil-free, matte finish to keep the shine away.
One of the OG skin tints, Glossier's Skin Tint has maintained its status as a cult-favorite for quite some time. It always all features like freckles and beauty marks to shine through, while minimizing the appearance of your pores, dark spots, and more.
Infused with hyaluronic acid and coconut water, ColourPop's Pretty Fresh Tinted Moisturizer will leave your skin hydrated and luminous. This moisturizer also has almost 1,000 five-star reviews, so you can trust that these ingredients are getting the job done.
For those who are really prioritizing the “skin” part of skin tint, Typology's Tinted Serum promotes collagen production, cell turnover, and features antioxidants to protect your skin from all sorts of environmental aggressors. It's also silicon-free and noncomedogenic, nipping any surprise breakouts.
If you love the dewy finish an oil-based product gives, try hopping on the Kosas Tinted Face Oil bandwagon. The Emma Chamberlain-approved product is free of parabens, sulfates, formaldehydes, and more, so your skin only gets what it wants. The oil has a velvety finish to make you look and feel like a million bucks.
A solid affordable option is Burt’s Bees' Tinted Moisturizer. Available in most CVS stores, Walgreens locations, and Walmarts, this moisturizer is made from 98% natural ingredients and will blend effortlessly with the rest of your makeup.
Your favorite viral queens and TikTok royalty Dixie and Charli D'Amelio not only approve of Morphe 2's Hint Skin Tint, they also had a hand in creating it. With a 16-hour wear time, you can rock this liquid tint and your subsequent glow all day.
This Dr. Jart+ Premium BB Tinted Moisturizer uses niacinamide to lock moisture into the skin so it never looks creasy or cakey. Plus it’s equipped with SPF 30 coverage, so you don’t have to worry about premature wrinkles due to the sun. The formula is creamy, lightweight, and flexible, so choosing any of the four shade options will fit with you over time, including when you’re a bit more sun-kissed in warmer months.
This creamy formula in the True Botanicals Everyday Skin Tint has an almost oil-like quality, which is perfect for those who are looking to achieve a dewy, Hailey Bieber-esque look. This tint is formulated to mimic the oils that are already found in your skin, so it’ll never clog pores or cause breakouts in the process. It even uses non-nano zinc oxide for sun protection that doesn’t dry out the skin.
Niacinamide, squalane, and hyaluronic acid are the stars of the ILIA Skin Tint formula that keep moisture locked in to the skin barrier all day long. It’s basically like wearing your most skin-quenching serum that also blurs the imperfections on your skin at the same time. The liquid formula blends out easily so you only need a drop or two for coverage, and yes, it’s made with SPF 40 protection.
This CC cream was on the scene long before endless beauty brands swarmed the market. The IT Cosmetics CC+ Nude Glow cream stands out as being one of the best lightweight CC creams that actually provides full coverage, making it perfect for those who deal with uneven skin tone, redness, or old acne scars. You can pick up this CC cream in a variety of different finishes, like matte, or with higher SPF counts. This latest formula contains 2% niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and green tea extract to make up its “glow serum” that keeps skin hydrated all day long.
Though more expensive than your typical skin tints, Colorescience’s color corrector tints are perfect for those “no-makeup makeup” girlies who want color correction without having to wear foundation. The neutral color that comes out when you pump it will neutralize redness without adding any additional coverage. That way, your skin tone looks even and gets a filter effect without having to layer up product on your face. It has SPF 50 built right in, so you can wear it alone or under your favorite foundation for days when you want more coverage.
Jojoba oil is a great oil to mix in with whatever foundation or tint you currently have for a more lightweight wear. When you’re done with that, pick up a Caliray Skin Tint that mixes it for you. The result is perfectly covered skin that still looks and feels moisture-locked. The additions of vitamins C and E help plump skin and provide natural antioxidant shielding from environmental stressors.
The water-resistant skin tint from Alastin is perfect for a day spent lounging by the water. It has just the perfect amount of tint coverage, and it’ll also stay sweat-proof and splash-proof for 40 minutes before you need to apply again. Thanks to SPF 36, it’s basically like wearing sunscreen with a glow, blurring boost so you can feel covered even when you’re not wearing any makeup at the beach.
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