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Try One of These 12 Skin Tints to Show Off Your Natural Glow

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You’re already on a first-name basis with foundation, concealer, tinted moisturizer, even CC cream, but before you deign to think “Been there, done that!” about complexion products, there’s one more you need to know. Skin tints have officially joined the party. Trust us, skin tints are one addition you’ll be happy to have in your makeup routine

Think of skin tints as foundation light. They impart a barely-there amount of pigment to even out your skin tone and enhance your natural complexion. (Yes, they’re even more sheer coverage than tinted moisturizers!). Better yet, these multitasking products also offer a variety of skincare benefits, like hydration, sun protection, and antioxidants, and more. Ready to add a skin tint to your makeup bag? We've got you! Meet the 12 skin tints we love for all your no-makeup makeup looks and beyond.

1. Best Skincare-Skin Tint Hybrid:

ROSE INC Skin Enhance Luminous Tinted Serum

ROSE INC Skin Enhance Luminous Tinted Serum

This hydrating skin tint is where powerful skincare and luminous makeup meet. It’s packed with ingredients like sodium hyaluronate (to help plump and smooth fine lines) and squalane (for weightless hydration) in microencapsulated pigments that burst upon contact with your skin. The innovative formula effortlessly blends across your face to give sheer coverage with a gorgeous luminous finish.

2. Best SPF-Infused Skin Tint:

ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40

ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40
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It’s hard to go wrong with this serum-like foundation. With its weightless texture that glides onto skin, hydrating ingredients, niacinamide to help fade dark spots, and a whopping SPF 40, it really is the perfect blend of sunscreen and makeup.

3. Best Skin Tint for Oily Skin:

UNDONE BEAUTY Unfoundation Mattetint

UNDONE BEAUTY Unfoundation Glow Tint

Undone Beauty has quickly become one of our go-tos for minimalist makeup, and their skin tint doesn’t disappoint. The breathable, vegan formula hydrates skin, feels like nothing at all (hence the name), and the lightweight formula is infused with tea tree oil to help control sebum production for a matte finish.

4. Best Super Sheer Skin Tint:

GLOSSIER Perfecting Skin Tint

GLOSSIER Perfecting Skin Tint
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Although all skin tints are, by definition, light in coverage, you’ll still notice a range. This one is about as barely there as you can get while still being classified as makeup—in a good way. It also contains diamond powder, which leaves behind a glowy (not shiny) finish.

5. Best Skin Tint Shade Range:

FENTY BEAUTY Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint

FENTY BEAUTY Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint
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Once again, Rihanna FTW when it comes to inclusivity. With a lightweight formula in 25 thoughtful shades, it’s a go-to for a healthy glow for every skin tone.

6. Best Skin Tint for Acne-Prone Skin:

CLINIQUE Even Better Clinical™ Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 25

CLINIQUE Even Better Clinical™ Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 25
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If dewy products just make your skin look more bacon grease than glazed donut, consider this matte-finish formula. Not only is it oil-free and have buildable coverage, but it also contains salicylic acid to fight blemishes and vitamin C for added brightening power.

7. Best Anti-Aging Skin Tint:

HOURGLASS COSMETICS Illusion™ Hyaluronic Skin Tint

HOURGLASS COSMETICS Illusion™ Hyaluronic Skin Tint
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This formula is packed with hyaluronic acid to moisturize skin, and has a whipped texture that practically erases fine lines and wrinkles. And file under “good to know”: This product is more full coverage than other skin tints, and may be suitable for those looking to cover up hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone.

8. Best Longwearing Skin Tint:

MORPHE Hint Hint Skin Tint

MORPHE Hint Hint Skin Tint
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You only need a few drops of this durable formula for 16-hour(!) coverage that’s velvety, not at all cakey. Somehow, it still stays miraculously hydrating throughout the day, and is also non-comedogenic and vegan.

9. Best Natural Skin Tint:

KOSAS Tinted Face Oil Foundation

KOSAS Tinted Face Oil Foundation
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For those who are picky about their ingredients (no judgement here!), behold: a vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free skin tint formulated with skin-loving oils and without silicones, fragrance, parabens, phthalates...we can go on! And don’t worry: It also lends a natural-looking, even finish you’ll love.

10. Most Convenient Skin Tint:

NUDESTIX Nudies Tinted Blur

NUDESTIX Nudies Tinted Blur

The stick component of this NUDESTIX skin tint is pure genius: You simply twist it up to release more product, apply wherever you want skin-like coverage, and blend with your tool of choice—ours is our fingers. We love it for traveling, but it’s also great to throw in a bag for midday touch-ups.

11. Best Gel Skin Tint:

BAREMINERALS Complexion Rescue® Natural Matte Tinted Moisturizer

BAREMINERALS Complexion Rescue® Natural Matte Tinted Moisturizer

If you like an ASMR experience when you apply your makeup, consider this water-based gel-cream. It's like a magic eraser for your skin, blurring imperfections and evening out your skin tone with a sheer but buildable coverage. Infused with nourishing ingredients like squalane, mineral electrolytes, and water-loving humectants, it not only hydrates your skin but also keeps it looking fresh and healthy all day long.

12. Best Buildable-Coverage Skin Tint:

TARTE™ Maracuja Tinted Hydrator

TARTE™ Maracuja Tinted Hydrator

We know we said skin tints are light coverage, but sometimes we want the consistency of a tint a little more oomph. What can we say, we contain multitudes! When you want the best of both worlds, this buildable-coverage, antioxidant-packed tinted hydrator will be your best friend.

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Article Last Updated January 25, 2024 12:00 AM