8 Of The Best Tinted Moisturisers To Boost Your Glow

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Where skincare meets makeup, you’ll find tinted moisturiser. One part moisturiser, one part foundation, the best tinted moisturisers provide the hydration of your face cream with the coverage of your base and leave you with a smooth, healthy-looking glow. While we used to see a spike in the sales of tinted moisturisers during the summer months, as more of us have moved towards lighter textures and the trend for skincare-makeup hybrids has picked up, we’ve noticed that a lot of people are choosing to use them all-year-round.

You might be wondering what the difference is between BB creams and tinted moisturisers. Historically, the latter offered hydration and coverage with very little in between, while BB creams included extra skincare ingredients to help soothe, nourish, and protect skin. These days quite a few tinted moisturisers will include everything from vitamin C and hyaluronic acid to squalaneand green tea.

8 Of The Best Tinted Moisturisers For 2023


Rare Beauty

Positive Light Tinted Moisturiser, £ 29,00

Best Lightweight Tinted Moisturiser
Rare Beauty's tinted moisturiser is a bestseller for Selena Gomez's makeup line. Featherlight in texture and available in a whopping 24 shades, this tinted moisturiser is one to seek out and try. The coverage is light-to-medium (we recommend using concealer on any problem areas beforehand) and the finish is somewhere between healthy matte and radiant. It ticks a lot of boxes and as we said, we highly recommend trying this formula - you won't regret it.



Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, £ 19,80

Best Tinted Moisturiser For Oily Skin
Striking the balance between dewy and shiny can be tricky if your skin is naturally oily. This oil-free formula helps to gently disguise blemishes and even out your skin tone without clogging pores or resulting in a greasy sheen across your T-zone within hours. While the shot of vitamin C helps to brighten skin, SPF 30 ensures it's protected. In keeping with NARS' inclusive stance, there are now 16 shades to cover a broad range of skin tones.


Laura Mercier

Tinted Moisturiser Natural Skin Perfector SPF30, £ 40,00

Best Tinted Moisturiser With SPF
Laura Mercier is the makeup artist who is often credited with creating the first tinted moisturiser and over 25 years later the brand continues to lead the way. This is by far one of the best tinted moisturisers with SPF because it offers a higher protection than most without feeling heavy or mask like – we still recommend using your usual daily SPF underneath. We'd also point out that this particular formula offers a slightly heavier coverage without weighing down the texture. If you want to camouflage blemishes, redness or dark spots without using a concealer, this could be the tinted moisturiser for you.


Rose Inc

Tinted Serum, £ 39,00

Best Tinted Moisturiser For Acne-Prone Skin
While Rose Inc's featherlight base might not conceal acne breakouts, it does offer a distraction by giving your skin a gorgeous, healthy glow. The tiny beads of pigment help to smooth out skin and blur pores, while hyaluronic acid and squalane provide a hydration boost without clogging pores. It’s the ideal formula if you don’t want to aggravate your skin, but also don’t want to forgo makeup entirely. We also like it as an off-duty base for the weekends when you want that fresh-faced glow.



Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint SPF15, N/A

Best Tinted Moisturiser For Dry Skin
With the help of the Hourglass Hylauronan Complex, this tinted moisturiser gives skin an instant boost of hydration and plumpness. The result is softer looking fine lines and wrinkles and a more youthful, radiant complexion.



Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer SPF15, £ 77,00

Best Tinted Moisturiser For Sensitive Skin
Chantecaille is a brand that knows how to mix botanical ingredients with luxury scents and textures. Utilising the calming powers of green tea and honeysuckle extracts, this lightweight lotion helps to soothe irritation, while protecting against environmental aggressors. The formula melts into skin and feels almost weightless, yet the coverage is enough to smooth out any imperfections. It’s no surprise that this is a bestseller.


Kevyn Aucoin

Stripped Nude Skin Tint, £ 36,00

Bestselling Tinted Moisturiser
This was a favourite during lockdown with few of us even looked at our makeup bag, and it's remained a top seller ever since. The feather-light formula disguises any unevenness so subtly and leaves your skin with the most gorgeous, natural glow. In true Kevyn Aucoin style, there is a selection of shades to suit all skin tones.


Charlotte Tilbury

Unisex Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturiser, £ 36,00

Best Tinted Moisturiser For Glowy Skin
Charlotte Tilbury clever formula can be used alone to give skin a bronzed, summery glow, or it can be added to your current foundation to dial up the radiance throughout the summer months. Don't be fooled by the white cream, this tinted moisturiser will leave you with a sun-kissed finish that usually requires a day at the beach.


How To Find The Best Tinted Moisturiser For You

“All skin types can use tinted moisturiser, but you need to find one that balances out your skin type,” says makeup artist Arif Khan. “If your skin veers towards the dry side, you should opt for a dewy, hydrating tinted moisturiser and if your skin tends to be oilier, choose a oil-free or mattifying option.”

Before you start shopping, consider your skin type and the kind of finish you want to achieve. If you have dry skin, you should look out for formulas that contain hyaluronic acid, while oily skin types could benefit from non-comedogenic, oil-free formulas. Another key decision is whether you want a tinted moisturiser with SPF or not. We still recommend using your daily SPF if you're going to be spending a lot of time in the sun though. If you find it tricky to source the right shade or finish when you’re shopping online, try our Foundation Finder – it’s the next best thing to a personal beauty shopper.


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Posted: Wednesday, 26 April 2023