If your moisturizer and your foundation had a baby, it would be a tinted moisturizer — the ultimate beauty bag essential for all your makeup and skin care needs. They pretty much do all the things for your skin — from hydrating it to keeping it glowing all while covering up blemishes and blotchiness. They’re also incredibly lightweight, so they’re a great foundation and/or concealer alternative for those looking to keep their pores as unclogged and breathable as possible. But, as for any multi-tasking makeup product, finding the right one for your specific concerns is not always that easy. Luckily, we can turn to the pros for guidance. Here, pro makeup artists share the best tinted moisturizers for every skin type.
For normal skin
Just because you fall under the category of “normal” doesn’t mean you don’t have to choose skin care and makeup products wisely. Minneapolis-based makeup artist Hillary Kline explains that people with normal skin tend to see dryness in the cheek area and are a little oily in their T-zone region. For this reason, she recommends a tinted moisturizer that provides buildable coverage so that it won’t look too cakey after applying. Anything with SPF in it is always an added bonus, too. “TheBalm BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer, $25, is awesome and has all the above — it’s lightweight with medium coverage and has SPF 18,” she says.
For dry skin
If your skin often feels tight or if you notice any flaking, you need a tinted moisturizer that delivers serious hydration as well as sun protection. Kline recommends Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin™ Day Tint SPF 15 ($48; sehora.com), which contains ceramides and glycerin to keep the face supple throughout the day. “It has a nice, gel-like tint and a little color to it and is a total savior for those with dry skin, like me.”
For oily skin
If you notice excess shine and greasiness on your skin — especially in your T-zone (forehead, nose and chin areas) — despite your best efforts to cleanse, tone, and blot, you’re best off choosing a tinted moisturizer that is oil-free and has a matte finish. Kline recommends M.A.C. Lightful C Tinted Cream SPF 30 with Radiance Booster ($42; maccosmetics.com) to her oilier clients. “It’s packed with vitamin C and helps reduce the appearance of pores and discoloration, plus it goes on super smooth,” she says.
For combination skin
Because combination skin can get dry around the cheeks and mouth area while producing excess oil in other areas, such as the forehead, nose, and chin, it can be tricky to find one tinted moisturizer to handle all areas together — but not impossible. Enter: Beauty Pie All-in-Wonder Illuminating Primer ($32; beautypie.com). According to Jamie Dorman, a celebrity makeup artist at The Only Agency, it provides the perfect amount of moisture in the areas necessary without overdoing it and causing oiliness elsewhere.
For sensitive skin
Those with sensitive skin need to be extra cautious when checking ingredient labels on skin care products — and tinted moisturizers are no exception. Dorman says to look out for fragrance-containing products, as they may cause irritation, and opting for brands that contain mineral-based active ingredients, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, to protect against the sun’s harmful rays. Her go-to for sensitive skin types is Tarte’s Tarteguard 20 Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen ($36; sephora.com).
For acne-prone skin
If you break out easily, you might be hesitant to use anything outside of what you’re used to — and may even skip using a moisturizer altogether. However, you too can find a tinted moisturizer that helps keep your skin in check while covering existing blemishes. Dorman suggests Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen ($36; sephora.com), which absorbs oil, treats pimples, and leaves a matte finish. “It’s infused with skin-balancing and anti-inflammatory ingredients and nutrients that hydrate without causing breakouts,” she says.
For mature skin
If your skin is looking a little lackluster and losing its firmness and elasticity, celebrity makeup artist Dee Dee Marcelli recommends reaching for an illuminating tinted moisturizer that’s armed with light-defusing particles and serious hydration, like Lauren Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer Illuminating SPF 20 ($45; bloomingdales.com). “With mature skin, it’s important not to wear heavy foundation, as it will settle into the creases,” she says. “This product is nice and light while offering sheer coverage and providing a beautiful glow.”