16.05.2021

These tinted moisturisers and BB creams are the lighter alternative to foundation your skin is craving

Sheer Tinted Oil-free SPF20, £6.50, Beauty Pie


From a brand that offers premium formulas at a fraction of the cost (if you sign up for membership), this lightweight coverage is infused with sun protection and comes in five wearable shades. The result? Ultra-glowy skin that looks like…well, skin.

BB Cream SPF 35, £29.50, Bobbi Brown
Buttery thick, the coverage from this is banging. Like, foundation good, but with no fear of it flaking and drying. Use a brush to buff in for a natural look, or build to a flawless base. Smells good too, which is always nice!

BB Cream 9 in 1 Makeup, £6.99, Rimmel London
This affordable fella is a great introduction into the world of BB creams and does the job without breaking the bank. The shades are well suited to those with pink undertones.

Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint, £50, Hourglass

If your dry skin tends to drink up your tinted moisturiser before the day is out, this is the hydrating formula for you. The finish is radiant and dewy, with a moderate to full coverage that hides anything that needs hiding. Use your fingers to apply for a seamless result.

Hydra Zen BB Cream, £31, Lancome

If you’re a sensitive Sally who suffers from irritation, this soothing saviour could meet your quick-coverage needs. It’s very lightweight, allows the skin to breathe and offers hydration without going greasy.

All-in-one BB Cream, £12, The Body Shop
Pick up this affordable high-street BB cream option whether you’re a teen on a budget or a penny-pinching pensioner – it will sit beautifully on any skin type due to it’s lightweight texture and natural finish.

Energy-Boosting Tinted Moisturizer, £30, Origins
If you’re lucky or young enough to have good skin, don’t cover it up with a blanket of foundation. Instead, let it shine through with a little help from this energizing cream. Evens skin tone without hiding it. A proper slap-it-on-and-go product.

Just Skin Tinted Moisturiser, £61, Chantecaille
On the pricier end of the scale, yes, but a drop of this lotion-like tinted moisturiser goes a long way. Plus it’s choc full of antioxidants and SPF to protect the skin whilst providing tone-evening coverage. Perfect for holidays, as it won’t slip off in the heat.

Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, £30, NARS
Slippy without being sticky, this glides onto the skin leaving a lost-lasting veil of coverage. Light and non-drying, it’s great for sensitive skin.

Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream, £28, bareMinerals
Available in a shed load of shades, this gives parched skin a boost of hydration. The result is a dewy and glowing complexion, with a hint of coverage.

Diorskin Nude BB Creme, £33, Dior
If you want high coverage without heaviness, give this a go. Spots will be concealed and lines will be blurred. Apply with your fingers for best results.

Rosaliac Anti-Redness CC Cream, £20, La Roche-Posay
If you want skincare expertise backing up your makeup choices, look no further that La Roche. Superb if you’re prone to acne or rosacea flare-ups, this can be built up to a solid level of coverage whilst working to neutralise redness. Top marks.

Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20, £34, Laura Mercier
An oldie but a goodie, this adds a dewy tint to skin rather than concealing it. Perfect for weekends or workdays when a full-face is, frankly, a big fat waste of time. Comes in a good variety of shades too.

Tinted Day Cream, £28.50, Dr. Hauschka
Rich and hydrating, this sinks in leaving a medium leve of coverage. With zero chance of caking, it’s perfect for dry or mature skin.

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