"Skin Tints" Are This Year's Answer to Makeup
"Skinimalism" — the happy medium between minimal makeup and your bare skin — has continued to be one of the beauty trends that dominates year after year. Considering that more people have been paring back their beauty routines, and trends like the "clean girl" aesthetic have risen in popularity, we'd say that it's not going anywhere any time soon. To get in on the trend would mean finding a product that adds a hint of coverage while letting your real skin peek through. That's where "skin tints" come in.
Of course, it doesn't have to be labeled that way on the bottle (although many brands have started releasing their own versions of the perfect skin tint). It can also come in the form of BB cream, a tinted moisturizer, or even your own concoction of foundation mixed with a serum or oil.
It's true that the time we spent indoors and not in public social settings has inspired many people to take a break from heavier makeup and instead use lightweight options that enhance the skin while still looking natural. A tint is the perfect alternative if you want something double-duty that can hydrate but also lend a little coverage during your workday. You can even top them with a more full-coverage concealer if you have a few more blemished you'd like to cover up.
To create your own, makeup artist Cara Lovello recommends using a primer with a skin-healthy formula like the Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Primer ($47). If DIY-ing products isn't your thing, head over here to check out some of our favorite skin tints on the market.
— Additional reporting by Anvita Reddy and Ariel Baker
Best Serum Skin Tint Foundation
This cult-favorite product is part skin care, part makeup. The serum works to hydrate and smooth skin texture, all while providing light, natural coverage.
Best Hydrating Tinted Moisturizer
Customers can't get enough of this hydrating Tarte formula. It comes in 20 shades, and feels super lightweight on the skin. Plus, it's vegan.
Best Buildable Tinted Moisturizer
Thrive Causemetics's tinted moisturizer comes in 18 shades. It applies smoothly, and also provides buildable coverage, which is great for when you feel like you need a little something extra.
Best SPF Tinted Moisturizer
Another cult-favorite formula, this It Cosmetics CC cream is one of the only products of its kind because it provides lightweight, full coverage. (Yes, we said full coverage.) Plus it has SPF 50+.
Best Radiant Tinted Moisturizer
The Nars formula is slightly thicker than your average tinted moisturizer, but it provides medium, glowy coverage that you'll obsess over.
Best Hydrating Tinted Moisturizer
Have dry skin and on the hunt for a hydrating skin tint? If you're looking for a more affordable option, this Colourpop one is it. It comes in 21 shades, and feels good on the skin, thanks to the addition of hyaluronic acid to the formula.
Best Mineral Tinted Moisturizer
Hydrating with a creamy, dewy finish? Check. Light-to-medium buildable coverage? Check. SPF 30? Check. This Bare Minerals tinted moisturizer has it all. You can read an in-depth review here.
Best Sheer Skin Tint
If you have dry or dehydrated winter skin, this Clinique skin tint will be the perfect fit for you as it doesn't emphasize any dry patches.
Best "No-Makeup" Skin Tint
If you want to achieve that no makeup, makeup look this tint will become your new secret weapon. A soft-focused glow that screams "I drank all my water today?" Yes, please.