19 Tinted Moisturizers That Are Basically the Paris Filter in a Bottle


James Gourley

A tinted moisturizer is basically the cure-all for indecisive folks who can’t decide between just a moisturizer or a full face of foundation. The double-duty product perfectly blends makeup and skincare to fix imperfections, enhance your complexion, protect you from the sun, boost hydration, and give you a healthy glow.

“Tinted moisturizers can be seen as an extension of your skincare routine, with the instant benefits of improved skin tone and added radiance,” says Dani Kimiko Vincent, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Kimiko. Also encompassing breakout-busting BB creams (which tend to offer slightly more coverage) and even fuller-bodied, color-correcting CC creams, “some tinted moisturizers address specific concerns including dry skin, acne-prone, or oily skin, and they often contain SPF to further simplify your routine,” she adds.

Whether you have sensitive or oily skin, or just want an effortless beauty routine, we’ve compiled a list of the 19 best tinted moisturizers you never knew you needed.

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For Sunny Days


Slip Tint Dewy Tinted Moisturizer

For Dewy-Looking Skin


Perfecting Skin Tint

For a Fan-Favorite Option

Urban Decay

Hydromaniac Tinted Moisturizer

For a Drugstore Wonder


Milani Glow Hydrating Skin Tint

For Skincare Lovers

Honest Beauty

Clean Corrective With Vitamin C Tinted Moisturizer

For All Skin Types

Laura Mercier

Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector Broad Spectrum SPF 30

For Dry Skin

Bare Minerals

Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer

For a Plumped Effect

ColourPop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Acid Tinted Moisturizer

For Oily Skin


Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen

For Mature Skin


Skin Feels Good Hydrating Skin Tint Healthy Glow SPF 23

For Drugstore Lovers

Maybelline New York

Dream Fresh Skin Hydrating BB Cream

For an All-In-One Product


Touche Eclat All-in-One Glow

For Anti-Aging


Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint

For a Universal Shade

Josie Maran

Argan Daily Moisturizer Tinted SPF 47 Protect + Perfect

For a Rihanna-Approved Option

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna

Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint

For On-The-Go Use

Milk Makeup

Sunshine Skin Tint SPF 30

For a Lightweight Feel

Bobbi Brown

Nude Finish Tinted Moisturizer

For a Calming Effect

Winky Lux White Tea Tinted Veil Moisturizer

For Sensitive Skin


Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40

What’s the difference between foundation and tinted moisturizer?


If you want added coverage without feeling too weighed down, opt for a tinted moisturizer instead of foundation, as foundations are typically formulated to provide higher coverage. “Tinted moisturizers offer lighter coverage than foundations and allow more of your natural skin to show through,” Vincent adds.

What should I look for in a tinted moisturizer?

When shopping for a tinted moisturizer, you want to consider your skin type and amount of coverage. Choose a tinted moisturizer that suits your skin type, desired coverage level, and finish (dewy, matte, radiant, glowy, etc.). If you prefer a glowy finish, choose one that touts “radiance.” Also, you should look for skin tints with sun protection. Sunscreen should always be worn with or without makeup, but skin tints with SPF add an extra layer of sun protection.

How do I use a tinted moisturizer?

While the formulas are different, tinted moisturizers can be applied the same way you would a foundation. You can use your hands for light, your-skin-but-better coverage or reach for a foundation brush to build up the coverage to your liking.

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