On days when you can’t be bothered to cover, correct, conceal, and set your makeup, go with the next best thing: a tinted moisturizer. Less pigmented than an actual foundation but with all the hydrating, smoothing, and soothing benefits of face cream, a tinted moisturizer is a go-to product for days when you do give a f*CK…but only a little bit. Here are formulas that will suit your skin’s needs while still letting you look like yourself. Let’s learn the best Tinted Moisturizers For Every Skin Type!
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30.
Although tinted moisturizers are a bit too sheer to hide dark spots and bright-red zits, they still pack the right amount of pigment to help neutralize a splotchy skin tone. This one also packs colloidal oatmeal and allantoin to help soothe redness and irritation after you blend it on.
Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Skin Tint. You already know and love Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar moisturizer, but add a few drops of skin-matching pigment and throw in some SPF 20, and you’ve got yourself the skincare-makeup-hybrid cream of your dreams. Some formulas can make your skin greasy, but this one contains wu zhu yu fruit extract to give your skin a natural glow sans shiny forehead.
Stila Lingerie Soufflé Skin Perfecting Color.
This formula has the consistency of a mousse, which means it looks good enough to eat, yes, but also that it’s light and airy on your skin. Made with 70 percent water, this skin tint feels and looks like there’s nothing even on your skin (in the best way). It isn’t exactly cheap, so the fact that it comes packaged in a luxe glass pot instead of the typical toothpaste tube is a nice touch.
Jane Iredale Dream Tint Moisture Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 15.
Although tinted moisturizers are a solid choice year-round, they’re especially good during steamy summer months as an alternative to heavy foundations. If you get the dreaded upper-lip sweat beads, you’ll truly appreciate this lightweight formula, which is resistant to water and won’t slide around your face when you start to heat up.
Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint. For those with freckles, picking out a foundation pigmented enough to even out your skin but sheer enough to let your freckles shine through can be a real struggle. This ultra-sheer hint of a tint will balance uneven skin tones without leaving behind a single trace of makeup.
Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20.
There’s a reason every single person you know is obsessed with this tinted moisturizer. While it evens out your skin tone with the perfect amount of coverage, it also protects your skin from damaging UV rays and won’t cause any irritation. Need proof? It’s oil-free and dermatologist- and allergy-tested, so you know it’s legit.
Lancome Skin Feels Good Hydrating Skin Tint Healthy Glow SPF 23.
Not only is this fluid oil-free, but it also intensifies the more you layer it, allowing you to customize the amount of “makeup” you’re wearing. Bonus: It leaves you with a healthy, natural-looking glow and plumper skin thanks to its base of hyaluronic acid.
Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30.
If your skin is equal parts oily and dry, you’re going to want something that hydrates the parched spots yet doesn’t feel too heavy on the oilier areas. Enter this tinted moisturizer. It’s sheer and moisturizing, and it leaves you with a semi-matte finish that doesn’t make your skin look greasy.
BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream SPF 30.
The name “gel cream” already implies that it’s going to cool and hydrate the hell out of your skin, and this delivers in that department. Plus, it gives you ample coverage that won’t crease or feel cakey come 4 p.m.
IT Cosmetics Your Skin but Better CC+ Cream SPF 50+.
If you have the kind of skin that breaks out from looking at a product with oil, sunscreen, or silicone in it, give this full-coverage CC cream a try. Formulated by plastic surgeons, this cream is suitable for all skin types. Not only will it completely conceal your breakouts, but it’ll also help plump fine lines with hyaluronic acid while brightening your skin with niacinamide.