For those who want their skin to look like skin, but better...
Often seen as a beauty essential strictly limited to summer and tropical getaways, tinted moisturiser can actually be exactly what your skin is crying out for during the harsh winter months. While foundation on dry skin can stick to flaky patches, its tinted sister will nourish and give a much-needed glow to exhausted skin, evening out that wind-chapped redness. In the spring and autumn months, it's a foolproof way to perfect skin while it's adjusting to seasonal shifts.
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The reason for it being so great year-round? Tinted moisturiser is literally like an Instagram filter in a tube. Anyone who feels like foundation is just too much should reach for this wonder product as their go-to coverage for every day. If you pick the right one, it can be a total all-rounder: many have SPF protection, skincare properties, and most importantly, deliver a shot of moisture to your skin in a way foundation struggles to. If you've never really experimented with this type of base and would like some guidance, these are our dos and don'ts...
DO play around with coverage. Despite the age of Kar-Jenners and Insta beauty gurus, minimal make-up is sought after now more than ever - but don't feel like one layer of tinted moisturiser is your limit. If you feel like you want more coverage, then blend another layer into your skin, or add foundation where needed, until you're happy with the result.
DON'T be afraid to mix and match. Just because your eyes or lips are bringing some drama, don't feel like you absolutely need a full-on base. Keep a daytime statement lip looking fresh by pairing it with a tinted moisturiser to let those freckles shine through, or mix it with a dab of concealer to pat over any areas that need a little boost.
DO touch it up. Tinted moisturiser is so much sheerer than foundation, so it's more forgiving. Come that midday top-up, a tinted formula will blend seamlessly over the morning’s leftovers, whereas layering fresh foundation over old only ends in a caky disaster.
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Once you find that tinted moisturiser that's the one true match for your skin, you'd better buy a couple in case the dreaded D-word happens (that's discontinued in case you didn't twig). We've tried and tested a lot, and here are the ones we simply can't live without...
1. Bobbi Brown SPF15 Tinted Moisturiser
Bobbi Brown's award-winning 3-in-1 formula hydrates and protects, while giving a natural-looking coverage. A real beauty industry classic.
Perfect for: Normal and dry skin
2. Eve Lom, Eve Lom Radiance Perfected Tinted Moisturiser SPF15
As if tinted moisturisers weren't hard-working enough, Eve Lom's radiance-boosting version even coms with the added benefit of some much-needed SPF.
Perfect for: A dull complexion.
£8 - £12.00
3. NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser SPF30
If you don't like the cakey-feeling of foundations, then NARS' tinted moisturiser could be just the thing. The oil-free cream gives a hint of colour while reducing uneven skin tone and keeping it protected, while the natural ingredients quench thirsty skin to keep it soft, smooth and healthy.
Perfect for: Uneven skintones
4. allbeauty, Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Tinted Moisturiser
Infused with microlight minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, this hint of sheer, natural colour instantly transforms and perfects skin's appearance with a fresh, luminous glow. We're already converts.
Perfect for: A dull complexion
5. Clarins Hydra Quench Tinted Moisturiser
Promising soft, supple and smooth skin, this new and improved formula is one of the hardest-working moisturisers on the market.
Perfect for: Dry skin
6. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser SPF20
Laura Mercier's make-up range is a serious industry favourite - and this tinted moisturiser proves why. The formula, which feels light on the skin, smoothes on to inject a healthy glow with a dewy finish. As with many tinted moisturisers nowadays, it gives SPF protection from the sun, but this one goes one step further with a antioxidant vitamin complex which protects the skin from even the most damaging environmental effects.
Perfect for: All skin types
7. Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser SPF15
This award-winning tinted Clinique tinted moisturiser provides a veil of flawless colour while giving skin a moisture boost and protecting it with SPF. The finished look is super-natural but those skin bothers are covered, and the oil-free formula keeps it matte.
Perfect for: Combination skin
Available at | £24
8. Lancome Hydra Zen Tinted Moisturiser
The key to all great tinted moisturisers is hydration, and Lancome's expertise have made this one of the best yet. Lasting for up to 24 hours, it offers even coverage, boosts radiance and even covers imperfections. What's not to love?
Perfect for: Dry skin
9. Creme De La Mer SPF18 Fluid Tint
Another success from the notorious skincare brand, Creme De La Mer's tinted moisturiser is packed full of complexion-loving ingredients like photogenic gemstones which give a radiant glow while seaweed helps the moisture levels deep in the skin. Yes, really.
Perfect for: All skin types
10. Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturiser SPF15
Chantecaille is a serious wonder product. The lightweight formula smoothes on evenly for a natural, smooth, flawless finish, and it's working beneath the surface too, with the antioxidant ingredients protecting your skin from harmful environmental factors and free radicals.
Perfect for: Sensitive skin
11. John Lewis, Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturiser
Don't think you can give foundation a break? Try Hourglass' tinted moisturiser. With its advanced technology, it makes the skin look smoother, firmer and brighter, while reversing signs of ageing and protecting it from the sun.Perfect for: Mature skin and foundation-lovers