Hide those blemishes without hiding from the sun.
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Even if bare skin is your thing, a little extra coverage is still needed sometimes. That's because blemishes and skin discoloration can crop up at any age as a result of hormonal changes, the sun, diet, and stress. Sure, there is a seemingly limitless assortment of 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, and 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 warmer seasons), 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.
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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20
This product is skincare and makeup in one—use it for hydration, light coverage, and to soften fine lines. As an added bonus, you'll love the perfectly dewy glow it provides.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20, $46, sephora.com.
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Beautycounter Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer
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).
Beautycounter "Dew Skin" Tinted Moisturizer, $45, beautycounter.com.
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Winky Lux White Tea Tinted Veil Moisturizer
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.
Winky Lux White Tea Tinted Veil Moisturizer, $28, winkylux.com.
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DECORTÉ Sheer Brilliance Soft Lifting Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 32
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.
DECORTÉ Sheer Brilliance Soft Lifting Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 32, $95, decortecosmetics.com.
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Glo Skin Moisturizing Tint SPF 30+
If your skin is on the oilier or combination end of the spectrum, this can be your daily go-to. It's oil-free, goes on light, but still covers, and most importantly, it shields skin from both UVA and UVB rays.
Glo Skin Moisturizing Tint SPF 30+, $44, gloskinbeauty.com.
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YENSA Tone Up Primer + BC Foundation Duo
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.
YENSA Tone Up Primer + BC Foundation Duo, $38, yensa.com.
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It Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer with SPF 50+
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.
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer with SPF 50+, $39.50, itcosmetics.com.
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Amarte Natural Finish BB Cream Light Tint
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.
Amarte Natural Finish BB Cream Light Tint, $65, amarteskincare.com.
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Merle Norman Sheer Defense Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 15
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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30
There are five new shades of this cult fave tint (for a total of 10) that keeps skin hydrated for 12 hours, smoothes over pores and discoloration and helps hide redness. The mousse-like texture goes on nicely, too.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30, $20, ulta.com.
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Giorgio Armani Crema Nuda
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.
Giorgio Armani "Crema Nuda" Supreme Glow Reviving Tinted Cream, $200 for 1.7 oz, giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com.
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Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint
With skincare in mind, this is infused with moisture all-star hyaluronic acid to really help plump and fill fine lines and wrinkles, and tighten and tone any sagging. Plus, it comes in 12 shades and has an SPF 15.
Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint, $56, hourglasscosmetics.com.
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Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream SPF 30
This formula is a beauty balm, tinted moisturizer, and sunscreen in one. With it, you'll filter out any flaws while treating skin with brightening Gogi and Hawthorn berries and hydrating jasmine.
Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream SPF 30, $35, purlisse.com.