This post was originally published in October 2019 and has been updated with new products.
You know those days when you don’t want to apply a full face of makeup but still feel like your skin could use a little something to fix imperfections and enhance your complexion? Those are the days you need a skin tint. These innovative new formulas give your skin a lighter wash of color that blurs the appearance of spots and adds a touch of radiance, while still allowing your natural beauty to shine through.
Plus, skin tints are typically fortified with nourishing, skincare-worthy ingredients, like antioxidants, humectants, peptides, and sometimes even SPF. They are truly the one-swipe solution for anyone who’s looking for an effortless makeup routine—it really doesn’t get more “skinimal” than this. Below, we’ve compiled the tried-and-true skin tints that offer something for every skin type, texture preference, and tone imaginable.
The Best Skin Tints
When it comes to skin tints, this formula has quickly become a cult-fave, winning multiple awards and getting rave reviews from fans. Not only does it come in over 30 shades, but it also boasts the benefits of a supercharged serum. Formulated with hydrating hyaluronic acids and plant-based squalane, the tint plumps and softens skin, while niacinimide keeps oil in check and makes pores appear smaller.
Fenty Beauty has consistently put out innovative products, and the newly-launched Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint is no exception. The weightless formula provides flexible coverage and contains the brand’s proprietary Quickblur Complex to soften the look of pores, wrinkles, and discoloration. What’s more, it’s humidity-proof and transfer-resistant, solving the modern day issue of wearing makeup under a face mask.
This product is available March 26.
This sheer tint comes in 14 buildable shades, ranging from fair to mocha, that adapt to different skin tones. But what we love most about this product is the rollerball applicator—simply roll over the areas you want to enhance and blend with your fingertips. The nourishing formula goes on effortlessly and blends seamlessly for dewy finish that looks like, well, skin.
This skin tint is perfect for sunny days. It contains a blend of four sunscreens that block UV rays to shield your complexion from environmental damage and prevent premature aging. But don’t let the sunblock aspect scare you—the lightweight formula blends beautifully into skin and conceals redness, uneven pigmentation, and blemishes.
A favorite in the clean beauty world, this skin tint comes in 18 shades that offer buildable coverage—from barely there to medium. Packed with a high concentration of hyaluronic acid, it gives skin a smooth finish and natural glow that last all day.
This water-in-silicone formula is so lightweight it’s like wearing next to nothing. The translucent tint provides light coverage that brightens the skin and blurs the look of pores and discoloration. It’s also formulated with hyaluronic acid for long-lasting hydration and butterfly bush flower extract to protect against free radical damage.
If there’s one thing Glossier is known for, it’s that coveted glowy skin look. One quick route to get it? The brand’s skin tint. One of the brand’s OG launches, it has since been updated and gotten a wider range of shade. They call it a “sheer skin enhancer” and the tint acts more like a veil than a full-on cover. It doesn’t cover imperfections so much as wash them over, blurring and evening skin with hydrating glycerin and brightening diamond powder (ooh la la). Skin is left looking naturally radiant.
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Devotees of the no-makeup makeup look will be happy to learn that Perricone MD has an entire collection devoted to the aesthetic. The foundation is a must-know, with SPF 30 and serious skin care bonafides. (Think plumping neuropeptides and daisy flower extract, which fights hyperpigmentation). This liquid formula gives instantly delivers a uniform tone while delivering active ingredients that improve skin the more you wear it.
Chantecaille’s ultralight Just Skin is super-blendable and barely noticeable on the skin. But that’s not to say it isn’t doing anything. The lightweight tint gives skin a natural-looking boost, and SPF 15 and antioxidants from butterfly bush extract and thyme protect skin.
You know your favorite water cream? This skin tint feels just like that, except it also gives skin a wash of a sheer color. It’s super easy to apply with your fingers and seamlessly blurs pores and evens skin tone. You may think of Philosophy more for deliciously scented body washes than makeup, but this product might just change your mind.
Many a skin care enthusiast swears by face oil for the intensive nourishing benefits. Clean makeup brand Kosas knows this well, and so they harnessed the power of the face oil and made it tinted. Avocado, jojoba, green tea seed, rosehip, red raspberry, and meadowfoam all serve different skin benefits, from moisture-boosting to soothing. It’s designed to applied with your fingers, just as you’d apply your regular face oil, and settles in just a couple seconds. The result is a truly undetectable even-toned radiance.
As its name implies, this is more like a silky serum than a foundation. Luminous color reflects lights to smooth over the look of fine lines and dark spots while nourishing oils and vitamin E revive radiance for a healthier looking complexion.
A hydrating take on a more traditional foundation, this creamy formula is chock-full of hyaluronic acid to plump skin and not only prevent any pigment from settling into fine lines, but make them appear filled in, too. Its whipped and creamy texture makes it feel more like a moisturizer.
This hydrating formula works to even out skin and leaves it radiant, but oil-sensitive skin types needn’t shy away, as it’s oil-free. The effect is a lightly pigmented, blurring, silky coat of color that blends into skin, leaving it looking naturally luminous. Also nice: SPF 23 and antioxidant moringa seed extract protect.
Laura Mercier’s famed tinted moisturizer got a 2019 glow-up thanks to the addition of hydrating ingredients like macadamia and kukui seed oils. The beloved formula packs SPF 30, goes on as easily as a regular moisturizer with your fingers, and leaves a sheer tint and dewy finish.
You wouldn’t expect La Mer’s take on a skin tint not to have serious skin care benefits, would you? This formula maybe be ultra-light, but it doesn’t skimp on hardworking ingredients. It’s powered by deep-sea red algae to plump and renew the complexion, as well as the brand’s proprietary Lime Tea Concentrate, an antioxidant blend. Feeling-wise, it’s a gel-like, super-blendable cream that’s easy to apply with your fingers.
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