The 13 best skin tints for ‘your-skin-but-better’ coverage this summer
The skin is skinning
By Briar Clark
Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / November 30 2023
As the weather heats up, we’re ditching our full-coverage foundations for lightweight base makeup formulas.
We’re already equipped with glow-inducing foundations for nights out and tinted moisturisers too, but we’re just getting acquainted with the new featherweight foundation option on the block: skin tints.
Lauded for their ‘your-skin-but-better’ finishes and skin care ingredient-enriched formulas, skin tints are fast becoming the most popular base product on the makeup market for everyday wear. The #skintint hashtag has 568.8 million views on TikTok, with #skintintreview following close behind with 48.2 million views.
If you’re looking to add a skin tint to your makeup bag, keep scrolling; we’ve rounded up the best of the category on your behalf.
The 13 Best Skin Tints To Buy In Australia
Mecca Max Off Duty Serum Skin Tint
Developed with the intention to deliver that covetable ‘model off-duty’, ‘your skin but better’ kind of finish, this barely detectable skin tint celebrates your skin as it is. We’re talking sheer coverage and a formula that incorporates skin care ingredients (skin tone-unifying niacinamide and moisturising squalane) that help to improve the appearance of skin cosmetically, as well as over time.
$32 at MECCA
ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40
This Aussie cult-favourite is beloved by celebrities like Miranda Kerr and Vanessa Hudgens for its multi-tasking formula — it combines the efforts of a hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and plant-based squalane moisturiser with an SPF and sheer, dewy coverage.
$77 at MECCA
Hourglass Veil Hydrating Skin Tint
Struggling with dull skin? This radiance-enhancing skin tint should be on your radar. Packed full of hydrating ingredients like meadowfoam seed oil, hyaluronic acid and squalane, this pick works to boost moisture levels in the skin for a long-lasting, skin-deep glow that’s anything but superficial.
$79 at MECCA
Morphe 2 Hint Hint Skin Tint
Dubbed “underrated” by one Google reviewer, at just $28 this skin tint is the cheapest option on this list and yet it performs just as well. The coverage is sheer (but can be built up to a medium, radiant finish if you’re so inclined), it promises fresh wear for up to 16 hours after application, and boosts skin moisture for 12 hours post-application too.
$28 at MECCA
Summer Fridays Sheer Skin Tint
We’ve received far too many compliments on our skin whilst wearing this to not share it here on this list. It’s perfect for the days when your skin just isn’t skinning and you need a little help looking like your best self. The centella asiatica-infused formula melts into skin and leaves it looking more radiant, even-toned, bouncy and supple.
$67 at MECCA
Maybelline Superstay Skin Tint Foundation
This formula’s infused with a vitamin C derivative that brightens and boosts the skin’s radiance for a fresh, glowy and natural finish for up to 24 hours. Plus, it’s water, sweat and transfer-proof.
$37.99 at Priceline
Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint Foundation
Intended to blur everything from pores to blemishes, this sheer to medium coverage offering is our favourite skin tint for combination and oily skin types. The formula has been enriched with a QuickBlur Complex that simultaneously hydrates and imparts light diffusing particles.
$53 at Sephora
Beauty Blender BOUNCE™ Always On Radiant Skin Tint Foundation
Formulated with hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, this skin tint helps to keep skin looking, bouncy, hydrated and smooth all day long. The finish is breathable and buildable, so you can wear a sheer layer or top it up for a medium, naturally-radiant finish.
$32.90 at Sephora
Estée Lauder Futurist SkinTint Serum Foundation With Botanical Oil Infusion SPF 20
Estée Lauder’s newest foundation is more like a skin care serum than a traditional base makeup product. The smoothing and moisturising formula helps to improve the appearance of skin over time, refining texture and tone with continued use.
$89 at Sephora
Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint SPF 30
With an ingredient list that includes squalane, plus grape seed, avocado, mandarin, jojoba, and olive oils, rest assured this is going to be the most moisturising skin tint you’ll ever try. Once applied, the ultra-hydrating formula imparts a sheer layer of coverage and a dewy, radiant finish.
$68 at Sephora
Huda Beauty GloWish Multi Dew Skin Tint
Promising ‘second-skin vibes’, this skin tint comes in 13 ‘stretchable’ shades (with neutral-undertones) that adjust and mesh with the skin they’re applied to. All this goodness is happening while ingredients like damascus rose oil, red bell pepper extract and plant-derived squalane work to hydrate, soothe and protect against pollution.
$58 at Sephora
Eye Of Horus Skin Tint Serum Foundation
This skin-nourishing skin tint offers a medium to full coverage finish and has been enriched with seven different oils (moringa, abbysinian, marula, nigella, hemp, pomegranate and baobab), which help to improve skin elasticity, hydration and suppleness.
$75 at Adore Beauty
M.A.C Cosmetics Strobe Dewy Skin Tint
Once you buff this lightweight pick into your skin it’s going to be difficult to tell you’re wearing it at all. It seems to simply enhance your skin, delivering a lit-from-within finish. It’s probably a result of the formula, which includes 78.65 per cent skin care ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, shea butter and squalane.
$64 at Adore Beauty
Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.