The Best Tinted Moisturizers for Every Skin Tone and Type
Even if bare skin is your signature beauty look, you might still want a little coverage every now and then. That's because we can all suffer from the types of blemishes and skin discoloration that can crop up at any age as a result of hormonal changes, the sun, diet, and stress. If you're looking for different options, you probably already know there are so many light- to medium-coverage foundations out there designed to smooth out imperfections, but if you're not a big makeup wearer, traditional formulas can still feel too heavy. What's more, depending on your age and skincare routine, even the lightest of layers can settle into your skin creases and make you look older. For the makeup minimalist (or those looking to lighten up on your base during the warmest seasons of the year), a tinted moisturizer is the way to go.
Unlike most foundations, you'll find that wearing a tinted moisturizer also comes with some major skincare benefits without compromising on concealing pesky blemishes—depending on the formula that you choose, that is. Most are formulated as a moisturizer first, so things like deep hydration, antioxidant protection, and even smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles can come from these creams. Of course, you're also getting a hint of color to help hide any superficial concerns like dark spots or the occasional adult acne breakout.
You'll find that the majority of the tinted moisturizers we've rounded up also contain SPF, a year-round must-have for healthy skin. While the levels of protection vary from one formula to the next, having even just an SPF 15 in it is significant enough to reduce UVA and UVB damage in skin.
You'll find this clean tint in the beauty aisle of your drugstore, and once you bring it home, you'll quickly discover that it's just as good—or even better than—its pricier counterparts in terms of coverage and performance. Better yet, it's a six-in-one multitasker that primes, perfects, protects, blurs, brightens, and locks in moisture for up to 12 hours.
Shop Now: Honest Beauty Clean Corrective Tinted Moisturizer with Vitamin C, $21.99, target.com.
White tea and pomegranate extract are rich in antioxidants that help protect skin from free radicals and other environmental stressors. This formula is also boosted with vitamins A and E to nourish skin while shielding sun rays with an SPF 30. Two new deeper colors were recently added to the lineup rounding it out to seven shades.
Shop Now: Winky Lux White Tea Tinted Veil Moisturizer, $28, ulta.com.
Mineral water, inflammation reducing algae, and antioxidants are the key ingredients in this tint, which treats skin from within while also smoothing away fine lines and discoloration on the surface. It comes in four shades that range from light to tan.
Shop Now: DECORTÉ Sheer Brilliance Soft Lifting Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 32, $95, saksfifthavenue.com.
Think of this as your three-in-one daily skincare regimen. The brand's 8 SuperBlacks Essence, which is at the heart of this moisturizer, is a blend of deeply nourishing and protecting ingredients like black tea, black sesame oil, and chia seeds. Although it's called a foundation, you'll find that it isn't heavy. It comes in a nice range of eight shades and has SPF 40.
Shop Now: YENSA Tone Up Primer + BC Foundation Duo, $38, qvc.com.
You'll have no need for a traditional foundation once you add this powerhouse product to your routine. In addition to providing full coverage, it also improves redness, dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles while also protecting your skin from the sun.
Shop Now: It Cosmetics "Bye Bye Foundation" Full Coverage Moisturizer with SPF 50+, $39.50, ulta.com.
Superfine pigments let you layer without caking or flaking, making this sheer tint and ideal pick if you want to finish off your makeup regimen or wear it solo. There's also broad spectrum SPF 36 to protect against the sun and argan oil to keep skin hydrated.
Shop Now: Amarte Natural Finish BB Cream Light Tint, $65, dermstore.com.
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Use this luxe tinted moisturizer just once and you'll be ready to toss your BB and CC creams. In addition to blurring imperfections, this unique formula also packs anti-aging benefits and improves skin's natural radiance over time.
Shop Now: Giorgio Armani "Crema Nuda" Supreme Glow Reviving Tinted Cream, $200 for 1.7 oz, www.nordstrom.com.
Talk about a quadruple threat: This lightweight formula provides hydration, sheer coverage, sun protection (it contains SPF 20), and a dewy glow (thanks to vitamin C).
Shop Now: Beautycounter "Dew Skin" Tinted Moisturizer, $45, beautycounter.com.
Give skin a dewy, not sweaty looking finish and keep harmful sun rays at bay—all with a few swipes.
Shop Now: Merle Norman Sheer Defense Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 15, merlenorman.com.