Best Tinted Moisturizers

We've rounded up the top products for every budget.

During the hotter seasons of the year, tinted moisturizers are a great way to get coverage without the heavy feel and texture of foundations and are sometimes packed with ingredients that help hydrate, prevent anti-aging, and protect the skin from harmful UV rays. Whether you want something light to wear every day or you're looking for a travel companion that doesn't take up too much space in your makeup bag, give these tinted moisturizers a try to see how you like them! Keep reading the recommendations below for options that fit within your price range, and learn which formula is best for you!

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free SPF 20
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Laura Mercier's tinted moisturizer is one of the most well-known options in the industry. The product is lightweight and offers a sheer hint of color, which gives your skin a fresh and healthy glow. The oil-free formula is great for all skin types and offers protection from the sun's harmful rays. At $43, this moisturizer is a bit on the steep side, but devotees of the product find it to be well worth the price tag. Not sure what your shade is? Stop by a retailer that sells Laura Mercier and have them color match you to ensure you get the right shade for your skin tone. The best way to ensure the color matches your skin tone is that it disappears with your natural coloring and isn't too visible. If any sort of foundation looks too yellow, orange, or dark on the skin, you want to make sure you don't over look that by trying just to blend it in. Take your time in finding the right shade, your skin will thank you!  More »

Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer
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Stila's Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer  is a great multi-tasker since it helps to even out your skin tone, absorb excess oil, and moisturizes and smooths your skin while giving you sun protection and a glowing medium coverage. This is a great formula for people who have combination skin, no matter what that combination may be. It covers a multitude of issues, so you're getting that much more from a makeup than just coverage.You can apply this tinted moisturizer with a brush or your fingers, but make sure your hands are clean as you don't want to spread excess oil to your face.  More »

Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer
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Bobbi Brown's Tinted Moisturizer is great for normal to dry skin types, providing your skin with a wonderful lightweight moisturizer while giving you a slight wash of color. In the end you get a casual and natural looking finish, packed with an SPF15, to give you the perfect look for summer or anytime during the year. (You might want to go with a higher SPF if you have fair skin underneath the makeup as your moisturizer and treatment first, and then put on the tinted moisturizer) Start by applying a small amount on the face and build as you go for fuller coverage. Tend to get oily through the day? Keep a pressed powder in your bag and touch up with it when things start getting a bit shiny. 

Makeup Artist Tip: When picking out the perfect tinted moisturizer, don't be shy to ask brands for samples first, so you can get an idea of how it wears throughout the day. Since lighter foundations can be thin in texture, this will help you find the formula that looks the best and lasts the longest, too.  More »


Coming in at under $15, this formula is a great option for all skin types and gives sheer to full coverage depending on how you apply it, as it's extremely build-able. SPF and light reflecting properties help protect and smooth the skin, while the texture feels really light-weight making it a favorite for those who have oily skin or don't like the feel of makeup. Apply it with a foundation brush to ensure an even application and coverage. Want fuller coverage? Use this particular product as a base for foundation to even out your skin tone and then apply whatever light foundation you want on top. This is a great way to hide redness, scars, blemishes, and uneven skin tone if you have an aversion to the standard makeup primer.  More »