7 tinted moisturisers for a lightweight, beautiful base
Not too much, but just enough
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / January 29 2021
If you’re into the no-makeup makeup look (and really, who isn’t?), then your kit should definitely feature a good tinted moisturiser. They're incredible all year round, but we must say, they're particularly powerful during summer (when the temperature is high and natural is the preferred aesthetic) seeing as they enhance the look of your skin without covering it up.
And while there are a lot of confusing beauty products out there – we're looking at you, cushion compacts – a tinted moisturiser is not one of them. It’s exactly what it sounds like: a moisturiser with a tint. Its two top objectives are to nourish skin and even out skin tone.
But hey, we don't mind that a few formulas happen to bring some other benefits along for the ride as well – it just means you can find an option that you truly love, rather than one that does the bare minimum without letting you tailor your look to your skin type.
So, if your makeup bag is still missing one, these are the top tinted moisturisers we rely on for nailing those no-foundation days...
NIVEA Daily Essentials Tinted Moisturising Day Cream
If you’re after an option you can grab as you swing by the supermarket, this luminous delight is an absolute winner. That radiant-looking finish is thanks to light-reflecting and colour pigments, as well as intensely moisturising vitamin E, and we will take it.
Jane Iredale Dream Tint Tinted Moisturiser SPF15
This mineral tinted moisturiser offers gorgeous sheer coverage and is packed with smoothing ingredients that also help to soften the look of large pores, so it's our pick for anyone who wants to correct both texture and tone but keep the vibe natural.
Clinique Moisture Surge Sheertint Hydrator SPF25
Add aloe water and hyaluronic acid into the tint mix, and you've got your hands on a very hydrating base. It's oil-free as well, though, so it delivers the perfect 'natural' finish. Not glossy, not matte, but something that sit beautifully in between.
Pixi H2O SkinTint
Searching for a semi-matte formula? This tint-in-gel option offers just that in a light-medium consistency that lets skin breathe while still keeping oil in check. It also features green tea and lavender for some welcome soothing side effects; another win.
Natio Tinted Moisturiser SPF 50+
Gentle mineral pigments and a combo of chamomile, vitamin E and green tea? That's one extremely soothing base. Fittingly, it also works a treat for covering redness, and look, we'll always welcome a little extra sun protection.
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturiser SPF30
The gel-cream texture of this oil-free formula makes it the perfect fit for oily skin types on hot summer days. It has a dewy finish to it, though, so get ready to see the glowy-but-not-greasy finish you've spent your whole life chasing.
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser
No tinted moisturiser round-up is complete without the OG, okay? The luminosity the light-reflecting pigments add into skin is just what you need on those no-makeup makeup days, and the shade range is one of the best in the game.