If the year in quarantine taught us anything, it’s to pare back: Our closets, our obligations, and even our makeup routines (if you kept one up at all during lockdown). Now that the world is opening up again, what better way to ease yourself into getting made up than to opt for a skin-quenching, blemish blurring tinted moisturizer?
This summer, we’ll be happy to slip on light coverage moisturizers that make us feel a little more put together, but don’t require much fussing. These three are chock-full of incredible ingredients that work like skincare and offer light coverage—and without parabens, mineral oil, synthetic fragrances, and other icky ingredients. Dab a little on here and there and head out.
ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40
It’s a serum, it’s makeup, it’s sunscreen—this little bottle does it all. Created with a blend hyaluronic acids (for intense moisture and reduction of fine lines), plant-based squalane (an anti-inflammatory), and niacinamide (which minimizes pores and reduces redness and acne), this serum contains some of the most prized ingredients in skincare. These ingredients are combined with all-natural zinc oxide—which protects skin from UVA, UVB, UVC, and bluelight damage (yes, your computer and phone screen can damage your skin!) to create a natural barrier for your skin. Plus, it comes in 30 different shades. One Fast Company editor swears by this supersonic blend, saying “Ilia’s products feel designed for post-pandemic life. I can put a little of this serum on my hands, dot it on, and be out the door in minutes feeling just a little glowier. Their lip oil and multisticks complete the look with just a swipe.” If the shade you need is sold out, check out Credo Beauty to find more.
Kosas Tinted Face Oil
Oil no longer has a bad rap in the world of skincare—and thank goodness, because natural oils are powerhouses when it comes to healthy, glowy, acne-free skin. This tinted face oil from clean beauty brand Kosas provides all of the benefits of a beauty oil, plus the sheer coverage of a BB cream. That’s probably why this brand has taken off among top-tier makeup artists. Available in 16 different tones, each Tinted Face Oil combines mineral pigment with six different botanical oils, including line-plumping meadowfoam oil, brightening rose hip seed oil, reparative red raspberry seed oil, and ultra-moisturizing avocado oil. The blend contains just 15 ingredients total—so you’re only putting good stuff on your face—and provides great coverage in simply four drops.
Beautycounter Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer
This list wouldn’t be complete without Beautycounter’s bestselling Dew Skin tinted moisturizer. The formula features elasticity-boosting and firming vitamin C, black currant seed oil (which helps to even out skin tone), and skin-protecting non-nano zinc oxide—which boosts this tinted moisturizer with SPF 20 to protect you from the sun’s harmful rays. Available in six shades, the lightweight, silky moisturizer gives you that perfect “I’m not wearing makeup look” and won’t settle into fine lines. And since it’s from Beautycounter, you can rest assured that it doesn’t contain a trace of the more than 1,800 questionable chemicals the company has sworn to avoid.
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