It’s funny to think that when I was in high school that I didn’t care about my appearance at all but as you mature, you realize that you’re in a very appearance-based society, so good skincare routine, flawless skincare complexion, natural makeup are a must.
Personally, for my daily makeup routine, I am obsessed with Korean skincare — it’s simple, natural, and makes you look younger and super cute looking. I’m not at all interested in layers of foundation and contoured cheekbones for my day-to-day look — it feels heavy and cakey for me.
I’m so proud of my Asian culture because of its skincare products and routines. We fix bad skin from the inside instead of just covering it up like in America, giving your skin that dewy glow. Once you try the Asian way, you wouldn’t want to go back to your old routine and whether it’s the dead of winter or the sticky summer heat is in full force, you’ll always crave something light and airy on your skin.
The pros of tinted moisturizers:
- You can see real skin shining through while still blurring imperfections, redness, and pores.
- They feel light and hydrating on the skin.
- Layers and plays well with other skin products.
- Sun protection.
- It also nourishes your skin and boosts your complexion over time.
Tinted moisturizers give my skin major glow, and the great thing is that you can always play up the coverage by adding a touch of regular foundation or a dab of concealer if your skin is breaking out or if you want to cover up the dark under your eyes, etc.
Keep reading for 12 — tried and tested, non-toxic brands to find your favorite clean tinted moisturizer and let me tell you, the new crop of natural makeup is good. Packed with skin-boosting ingredients, protective SPFs, and the fresh-faced glow we’re all in search of, these are makeup all-stars. All of them technically fall into the “light” coverage category, but we’ve listed them as sheer or light coverage to further clarify what kind of coverage you can expect.
So keep scrolling to find what we loved about each one, and let me know if there are any other clean beauty tinted moisturizers that are must-tries.
Beautycounter Dew Skin SPF 20
If you want the dewiest glow of all dewy glows, this is your product — it’s light, moisturizing, skin-perfecting, with just enough coverage without looking heavy, and it’ll remain a forever staple in your makeup bag. It’s packed with brightening vitamin C, moisturizing black currant seed oil, and peony root extract to promote firmer and smoother skin over time. The scent may be a bit odd, but it’s nothing compared to the result it gives you, and plus it comes in six shades.
ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40
Once you’ve tried this product, you’ll be in love. This line offers versatile and varied color matches, with 18 shades to choose from. Also, the skin tint provides slightly more evenness and coverage than some of the others that’s easily buildable while still staying quite light. With a natural, beautiful, and fresh finish, Ilia’s Skin Tint has become a fast fave. The formula is quite glowy, so some might feel best with a light dust of setting powder on the t-zone.
Kosas Tinted Face Oil
The idea of a tinted face oil instantly intrigued me. Dry skin is such a common problem now that getting enough of oils for your face and body can be quite difficult and frustrating. So the idea of a foundation that incorporates this nourishing ingredient is perfect — it feels like a serum going on and has a surprisingly non-oily finish for being a face oil, and the result is a soft, diffused coverage that’s really nice. If you dig a more dewy look, we found that drier skin works best with this product when your face is well-moisturized before applying. The coverage is slightly more than the others on this list, without the cakey creasing of full coverage foundations. Also, just be careful, the product comes out very liquidy so dispense carefully!
Suntegrity 5-in-1 Tinted Moisturizing Face Sunscreen
Suntegrity body sunscreen is to die for, it’s available in five shades, the coverage is light and wears like a second skin. It seems to work better if you go for a shade lighter or have olive or warm skin tones, as they tend to have slight warm undertones and the formula oxidizes a little, too. But it wears really well all day long without settling or fading.
Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream Tinted SPF 30
The ingredients in this no-frills product couldn’t get any better. This super-clean, organic formula works to repair, moisturize, and protect. The cream comes in an “all skin types” shade, which works for most without giving an ashy sheen due to the non-nano zinc oxide. The coverage is quite sheer, so it’s great for beach, pool, or “no makeup” days — the ultra hydrating formula is perfect for stand-alone morning moisturizer to let your skin soak up the goodness. The formula dries slightly matte while still leaving the skin feeling fresh and dewy.
W3LL PEOPLE’s Bio Tint Multi-Action Moisturizer SPF 30
Packed with all sorts of goodness (organic coconut oil to hydrate, broccoli seed oil to brighten, organic pomegranate to rejuvenate, and algae extracts to help reduce the appearance of discoloration) this tinted moisturizer is great for giving you a bit more coverage while still offering the light fresh application of a tinted moisturizer. It is a thicker formula, so if you have drier skin, be sure to use some sort of moisturizer first. Also, if your skin tends to be sensitive to coconut oil, this may not be the one for you.
Supergoop! Glowscreen SPF 40
If you haven’t gotten your hands on one of Supergoop!’s best-selling sunscreen and skin care products, know that this buzzy brand is well worth the hype. Glowscreen packs sun protection, major hydration, and a luminous look into a single glow-boosting bottle. What’s more, Supergoop! is big on ensuring that your skin is not only glowing and gorgeous today, but that your future self will thank you for opting for a protective and proactive product. Work this into your daily routine and you’ll be fresh-faced for years to come.
Saie Slip Tint
Coverage: sheer but buildable
There’s a new clean makeup brand in town and it’s about to dominate your beauty bag! Introducing Saie, the non-toxic makeup line that feels like skincare. The texture is soft and silky, creating a beautiful dewy finish without feeling oily, looks like your skin but better covering imperfections, and not too much. It also dries down nicely so you don’t look too shiny. Apply their glowy super gel underneath for extra luminosity.
DRMTLGY Universal Tinted Moisturizer SPF 46
An all-in-one sunscreen and foundation that suits every skin type? Call that clean beauty multitasking at its finest — formulated to match all skin tones, this option offers both UVA and UVB protection to prevent premature skin aging and wrinkles. It also includes one of dermatologists’ favorite ingredients, hyaluronic acid, for skin that’s dewy and firm without having to resort to a full face of makeup.
Iris & Romeo Best Skin Days
This 5-in-1-breakthrough formula is a serum, moisturizer, sheer coverage, sunscreen, and blue light/pollution protector. It has a beautiful texture that’s almost souffle-like and the coverage is lovely, too. It’s not as dewy as some of the others in this list, drying down nicely to a soft hydrated finish, but it’s definitely not matte.
Dr. Hauschka Tinted Day Cream
Dr. Hauschka’s clean options for beauty and body care, and this skin-nurturing moisturizer has only strengthened our love affair. It does double duty preventing dryness while also providing a sun-kissed sheen, and because Dr. Hauschka puts their products through careful dermatological testing, you can feel confident you’re using a product that’ll be effective but gentle on even the most sensitive skin. This is the kind of moisturizer that anyone can use for years and you’ll never stop loving the balanced, healthy, and hydrated glow it’ll give your skin.
Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer
It’s always great to find ways to up your collagen game, and this multitasking BB cream fits the bill beautifully. Not only does it blend antioxidant-rich ingredients like apple, grape, and aloe leaf juice for added protection and boosted glow, but this pick helps shrink pores to calm acne-prone skin. The result? A brightened and balanced complexion that’ll only become more and more radiant each day.
We know you’ve all had a long day of work and just want to crash on your bed and snooze away. But that simple last step which only takes a brief second in applying is vital. We shouldn’t be lazy when it comes to our skin and health. Keeping your skin moisturized helps your skin repair itself constantly. Without the right balance of moisture, your skin is not its best self. Your skin can only perform its task as the body’s protective barrier if it has sufficient moisture. Now, you have no excuse to neglect your skin with all these moisturizer suggestions.