The 7 Best Tinted Moisturizers That Look Like Real Skin, Only Better

As a multitasker that occupies the middle ground between moisturizer and foundation, a tinted moisturizer is the backbone of any daytime makeup look. But where first-generation formulas did little more than even out tone, recent innovations contain the same ingredients you would find in a high-performing serum and come in a wider range of easy-to-match shades. Scroll down for our edit of the best tinted moisturizers for your skin type

Clockwise from left: Rose Inc Skin Enhance Luminous Tinted Serum; Westman Atelier Vital Skincare Complexion Drops; La Mer The Radiant Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF30; Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer SPF15; Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer

The lightweight skin treatment Westman Atelier Vital Skincare Complexion Drops

This skin tint is everything that makeup pro Gucci Westman is known for – truly healthy-looking, natural skin with just the right amount of polish. The difference with these drops comes from a whole host of skincare ingredients injected into the formula (including an anti-pollution and blue light complex) to hydrate skin, calm redness and minimize pores. It’s great for a sheer wash of radiance-enhancing pigment, or – if you like a little more coverage – Westman suggests layering it up or applying a foundation stick over pigmented or problem areas only.

The redness reliever La Mer The Radiant Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF30

This dewy, tinted lotion is a NET-A-PORTER bestseller for good reason – it contains La Mer’s renowned, soothing Miracle Broth, which helps to reduce sensitivity, calm redness and restore balance, while providing just enough coverage to even out skin tone, reduce the appearance of pores and disguise blemishes in one sheer coat. Plus, like the moisturizer counterpart, it feels comfortable and extremely hydrating on skin, while delivering a protective hit of SPF30.

The glow-giving formula Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer

Using SPF daily (as we should) often means our faces are a shade or two lighter than our bodies. Sound familiar? This unisex product by Charlotte Tilbury is the answer; as you blend the cream into your face, it releases tan pigments that work with your skin tone. Plus, thanks to its moisture-regulating properties, it hydrates the skin without making it look oily. Don’t forget to blend it down onto your neck to ensure a seamless transition.

The super-serum tint Rose Inc Skin Enhance Luminous Tinted Serum

If you prefer to use something with less coverage than your typical tinted moisturizer, this serum from Rose Inc is ideal. It adds just a hint of color with a whole lot of glow and contains hyaluronic acid and squalene, so it’s both hydrating and strengthening. Plus, the shade range is truly impressive, spanning the palest hue through to super-dark tones. We’ve found its light, silky texture is best blended in with fingertips rather than a brush or sponge.

The hydrating hero Omorovicza Complexion Perfector SPF20

You’ll find a healthy dose of vitamin C in Omorovicza’s tinted moisturizer, which will help to brighten and even out your skin tone, plus a heavy helping of hyaluronic acid to improve hydration reserves and deliver a silky-smooth, instantly plumped-up finish. Also in the mix is a whole host of other antioxidants to protect against the environment and UV rays, while the formula’s sheer coverage cleverly adapts to your skin tone for the perfect shade every time.

The airbrushed finish 3LAB Perfect BB SPF40 Tinted Moisturizer

While some base products can accentuate fine lines and creases, the plumping peptides in this lightweight tinted moisturizer from 3Lab actually help to fill them out, making them less noticeable. And what makes it even better is that added plant-based stem cells and growth hormones work to prevent signs of aging in the long term. Like all cushion formulas, this one adds a sheeny glow and is easy to reapply throughout the day with the handy sponge applicator.

The 3-in-1 skin enhancer Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer SPF15

If you want a skin product that does just about everything, this formula from Chantecaille is for you. Expect a good level of coverage, plus SPF15 and antioxidants such as thyme and butterfly bush extract. It’s a brilliant option for wearing every day in the heat or the city, as it contains sodium hyaluronate to help skin counter the drying effects of air conditioning and humidity.



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