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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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