Whether you’re after dewy skin, oil-free coverage, or some good old UV protection, the best tinted moisturisers with SPF have got you (and your face) covered. These multipurpose products check all the beauty boxes, providing ample hydration, sheer-to-medium lightweight coverage, and SPF in one, making them an easy-to-apply essential in every beauty routine.
Meet the experts:
- Marisa Garshick, MD, board-certified dermatologist at MDCS Dermatology
- Danni Katz, makeup artist
- Azadeh Shirazi, MD, board-certified dermatologist at La Jolla Dermatology
- Nick Lujan, makeup artist
- Sophia Porter, celebrity makeup artist
“A tinted moisturiser refers to product that moisturises the skin by hydrating the skin, while also providing some tinted coverage to help naturally camouflage blemishes and even out the appearance of skin tone and texture,” Marisa Garshick, MD, board-certified dermatologist at MDCS Dermatology, tells Glamour. “In some cases, tinted moisturisers may also provide UV protection, in which case they would be labeled with an SPF. They're a great multitasking product for someone who doesn’t like to apply or wear heavy makeup, as it often provides some light coverage without adding an extra step to a routine.”
And guess what? Makeup artists are fans too. “Tinted moisturisers are amazing for anyone on the go—they are easy to apply with your fingers and activate with the warmth of your skin,” says hair and makeup artist Danni Katz. “They are known for having soft coverage, but they still give you that healthy glow we all know and crave. I especially love them for daytime, as quite a few have SPF.”
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Best tinted moisturisers with SPF at a glance:
- Best overall: La Roche-Posay Anthelios UVMune 400 Hydrating Suncream Tinted SPF50, £20.90, LookFantastic
- Best BB cream with SPF: Dr. Jart+ Premium BB Beauty Balm SPF50, £35, Space NK
- Best for buildable coverage: Ultra Violette Daydream Screen SPF 50 Tinted Veil, £38, Sephora
- Best for glowy finish: Supergoop! Glowscreen SPF 30, £34, Cult Beauty
How does tinted moisturiser differ from foundation or tinted sunscreen?
While similar, tinted moisturisers with SPF aren’t foundation or tinted sunscreen for face —they’re more like skincare’s take on the two. “Tinted moisturisers are formulated to hydrate and nourish the skin while also providing a softer more natural coverage,” says Azadeh Shirazi, MD, board-certified dermatologist at La Jolla Dermatology. “They’re different than makeup as they tend to be more water-based rather than oil-based, with lighter formulas. I consider them skincare products with a slight colour tone.” You can essentially think of them as multipurpose moisturisers, as opposed to makeup or sunscreen that so happen to hydrate.
Tinted moisturisers also differ in terms of coverage and finish. “Tinted moisturiser is a lightweight, sheer, nourishing, and hydrating hybrid of foundation and skincare. This product is all about the ‘no-makeup makeup’ look and is perfect for anyone that wants to keep their skin looking like skin,” makeup artist pro Nick Lujan tells Glamour. “The benefit is a natural skin-like finish with just enough coverage to balance out mild redness and concerns.”
Which tinted moisturiser is right for my skin type?
The best tinted moisturiser for you depends on what you want out of the product. If you have sensitive skin, for example, Dr. Garshick encourages opting for fragrance-free formulas to minimize potential for irritation or sensitivity. If you’re seeking additional moisture or have mature skin, she suggests hydrating ingredients like glycerin and hyaluronic acid; skin-soothing ingredients like niacinamide, green tea extract, and aloe vera; emollients like squalane to soften and soothe the skin; and barrier-boosting ingredients like ceramides. “Additionally, some that deliver antioxidant benefits can be especially helpful for those with mature skin to provide added protection throughout the day against free radical damage,” says Dr. Garshick.
If your skin is on the dry side, however, celebrity makeup artist Sophia Porter warns against using anything too thin or watery. “This skin type will normally see the ligaments catch on any patches or sink into lines,” she says. Alternatively, if you have oily or acne-prone skin, both Porter and Dr. Garshick suggest products that are oil-free and noncomedogenic, and contain niacinamide as it can help to calm redness and soothe the skin. “Opt for things that are oil-free, water based and possible demi-matte or matte finish,” says Porter.
Lastly, Dr. Garshick suggests using tinted moisturiser with adequate UV protection. “It is important to note that while some sunscreens may also have a tinted component and help to hydrate the skin, not all tinted moisturizers offer enough SPF benefits,” she says. “For this reason, it is important to look for products containing SPF 30 or higher.”
When should I apply tinted moisturiser in my skincare routine?
Tinted moisturisers are best applied after cleansing and applying face serums, serving as your final step before makeup, says Dr. Shirazi. However, Porter suggests tinted moisturisers as a replacement for foundation. “As long as my tinted moisturizer has a sunscreen, I can make it my last step,” she says. “If it doesn’t, I’d have to make sure I apply SPF and then the tinted moisturizer. You can definitely use this as part of skin prep before makeup to help cover and use less foundation or concealer. It’s also great for the no-makeup makeup look.”
However, depending on which tinted moisturiser you use and how you apply it, you may wish to wear additional sunscreen, says Dr. Garshik. “While a moisturiser with SPF can always provide added SPF benefits, it is important to note that in order to get the SPF protection that is on the label, enough needs to be applied—which is equivalent to the lengths of the index and middle finger for the face and the neck,” says Dr. Garshick. “If you aren’t applying enough of the tinted moisturizer to meet the labeled SPF, it is best to apply a sunscreen after the tinted moisturiser.”
Now for the fun part: Keep scrolling to shop the 17 best tinted moisturisers with SPF, according to dermatologists, editors, and makeup artists.
Looking to refresh your makeup bag with the latest skincare products? Make sure to check out our guides on the best BB creams, best CC creams and best body moisturisers and lotions. And don’t forget to stock up on other sun care and beauty products ahead of summer, including sun creams, face sunscreens and mineral sunscreens.
This article originally appeared on GLAMOUR US.