The Best Tinted Moisturizers on the Market Right Now, According to Makeup Artists

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Tinted moisturizers experienced a huge resurgence during the Covid pandemic, as work-from-home routines become mainstream and heavier traditional foundations took a back seat. As such, they’ve moved from a summertime-only staple to a year-round essential. We spoke to top makeup artists to find out which ones they keep in their kits and why they love them so much. These are their favorites: the best tinted moisturizers on the market right now.

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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector SPF 30 ($49)

“This tinted moisturizer contains macadamia and kukui seed oils to increase skin’s moisture levels up to 24 hours, tamarind seed extract to lock in moisture, enhanced antioxidant protection and SPF 30. It gives skin a natural, dewy finish with light coverage and it’s hydrating, long-wearing and comes in 20 shades.”

—Celebrity makeup artist D’Andre Michael

“This long-loved tinted moisturizer delivers glow with a hint of tint. The product offers a ton of good-for-skin ingredients including macadamia and kukui oils to cushion the skin barrier, vitamin C and E to protect against environmental aggressors, and sodium hyaluronate to plump fine lines!”

Alexa Persico, makeup artist and founder of Alexa Persico Cosmetics

When it comes to tinted moisturizers, Laura Mercier’s Natural Skin Perfector is my favorite. It’s such a smooth formula that is so luxurious and hydrating. Laura Mercier also has blushes in a tinted moisturizer formula that are great as well.

—Makeup artist Dakota Alexandra

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Saie Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Tinted Moisturizer ($35)

“I love this because it has hydrating, brightening, antioxidant protection and a clean SPF—100-percent mineral zinc oxide—and leaves sheer, dewy coverage. Plus, it has a great shade selection from lightest to darkest shades.”

—Celebrity makeup artist Ermahn Ospina

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Iris and Romeo Best Skin Days SPF 25 ($42)

“This is the best tinted moisturizer on the market right now. I love that it’s light, super hydrating and has SPF. It’s perfect for anyone looking for full-bodied tinted skin care.

—Celebrity makeup artist Molly Stern

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PUR 4-in-1 Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($35)

“It moisturizes, primes, covers, and protects from the sun. The ingredients are amazing: sodium hyaluronate, aloe and vitamin E to hydrate, ceretin complex with retinol to diminish the look of lines and wrinkles, and chamomile and shea butter to help soothe.”

—Celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg

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“This is what I like to call a ‘skincare-makeup hybrid.’ The formula is light as air and has a water-like cream texture that feels great on the skin and looks good too. You can thank its blend of hyaluronic acid and glycerin for up to 24 hours of hydration.”

—Alexa Persico

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NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 ($46)

“This amazing lightweight tinted moisturizer comes in 16 shades, it hydrates and smooths your skin while brightening with vitamin C and protecting with SPF 30, and it leaves you with a natural finish. It is also paraben- and oil-free.”

—Ermahn Ospina

“Another good product is NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. It is a lightweight cream formula that has a radiant finish.”

—Dakota Alexandra

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Lancôme SKIN FEELS GOOD Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 23 ($27)

“This oil-free formula contains hydrating moringa seed and hyaluronic acid, which make this formula an all-in-one lightweight moisturizer and light coverage foundation. It also has SPF, gives the skin a radiant finish and comes in 15 shades.”

—D’Andre Michael

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Kosas Tinted Face Oil ($42)

“This gives a velvety finish and looks so healthy on the skin. It has tons of great ingredients, including avocado oil, jojoba oil and rosehip seed oil to moisturize, soothe and brighten.” 

—Jamie Greenberg

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ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 ($48) 

“This vegan, gluten-free skin tint contains plant-based squalane, which hydrates and tightens the look of skin, niacinamide to smooth skin texture and refine uneven skin tone, hyaluronic acid to replenish moisture levels. It gives light, radiant and dewy coverage and comes in 30 shades.”

—D’Andre Michael

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beautyblender BOUNCE Always On Radiant Skin Tint ($29) 

“This skin tint contains hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, willow bark extract, beta glucan, which all help visibly plump skin, improve the look of fine lines, smooth, brighten, minimize the appearance of pores and blemishes, soothe and restore skin. It offers light-to-medium buildable coverage, a natural, radiant finish, long wear and it comes in 20 colors.”

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Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint ($26)

“This vegan formula gives skin lightweight, breathable coverage and contains diamond powder, which gives a blurring effect and minimizes the appearance of pores. It also contains glycerin for moisturizing, and it goes on smooth with a dewy finish.”

—D’Andre Michael

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