With all the CCs, BBs, and DD creams floating around, it's easy to forget about the humble tinted moisturiser. From day dot, they've been there for all the occasions where we couldn't be bothered with foundation, but a bare face wasn't that enticing.
It's no exaggeration (well, okay, maybe a little) that we've trialled almost every tinted moisturiser under the sun. While some are nothing but glorified moisturisers (or, zero coverage to be more frank), a select few simultaneously hydrate, even out skin tone, and give us the confidence to skip foundation without feeling totally naked. So we've pulled together six of the best that we've always got on rotation.
Keep scrolling for all our favourites.
We've never met a Nars product we didn't like, and this is no exception. This tinted moisturiser has the most coverage of the list, while still looking dewy and natural. If sheer coverage is your preference, add this to your everyday makeup arsenal.
It's probably fair to say that Laura Mercier's tinted moisturiser is the original and the best. This is the oil-free version, meaning oily or breakout-prone skins can go forth without hesitation. The coverage is sheer but radiant, and it will leave your complexion even and clear. This is a non-negotiable in our travel kit.
This was the first "makeup" product one of our beauty writers ever bought, and there's still a spare living in her bathroom. The darkest shade, Honey, used to be a staple of Lara Worthington, if you need further convincing. Sure, she's now upgraded to her eponymous line The Base (also amazing), but at $10 a pop, you can't go wrong.
This beautiful formula is enriched with natural ingredients like aloe vera, rosehip, and coconut oil to soothe sensitive skin. The finish is semi-matte, meaning combination skins will be well-impressed.
SPF 30+, glowy coverage—what's not to love? It's great for low-key affairs, or under foundation to boost sun protection and to give a healthy sheen on the skin.
Nyx is one of the best things that ever happened to Priceline, and this $17 tinted moisturiser will hydrate while providing sheer coverage.