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5 Skin Tints for No-Makeup Perfection

Perfect that your-skin-but-better glow with these clean formulas

Written by: 100% PURE ®
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With many of us working from home and the rest of us wearing masks in public, it should come as no surprise that some makeup staples are collecting dust. Foundation who? Don’t know her!

And yet, we can’t be the only ones who miss doing our makeup; maybe because it provides a sense of normalcy in seemingly un-normal times. But no one wants to apply full foundation and concealer for just one Zoom meeting, or for one trip to the store (where we’ll inevitably stain our reusable mask with foundation).

2020 marks the perfect opportunity to explore foundation's more casual cousin: the skin tint! While the world of skin tints is still growing, there are plenty of clean brands that offer a variety of options. See our favorites below!

What Is a Skin Tint?

While skin tints tend to be categorized alongside foundations, their formulation is much lighter, and tends to have a watery texture. Their packaging also tends to allow for more application control as well, typically featuring either a pump or a dropper.

The result is a form of makeup that’s highly blendable and creates a seamless finish. It’s perfect for those who desire minimal coverage that still smoothes the skin, while promoting a healthy and balanced glow.

Whether you’re working from home, or want to leave the house with a little coverage, here are five skin tints to explore!

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For Instant Hydration
100% PURE Fruit Pigmented® Tinted Moisturizer

We made sure that our very own Tinted Moisturizer does nothing less than deeply nourish and protect with the lightest formula possible. This vegan, cruelty-free skin tint uses the gentle power of fruit pigments and high-impact minerals to create buildable coverage with a dewy finish. Aloe vera and rice starch create a deeply soothing effect on the skin.

Our tinted moisturizer also contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, to help defend against damaging UV rays.

For Added Sun Protection
Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40

Ilia is a brand that’s cultivated a reputation as a “skin-centric” beauty company, and this is absolutely reflected in their Super Serum Skin Tint.

This skin tint takes your daily moisturizer, foundation, and skin care then fuses it into one exceptionally gentle product. It uses niacinamide and plant-based squalane to even out the complexion even when you take your makeup off. And even better: it uses reef-friendly sun protection!

Generally, mineral-based physical sunscreen is better for the environment than chemical sunscreen, which tends to have reef-damaging ingredients like homosalate. However, some forms of mineral sunscreen use nanotechnology, which turns zinc oxide and titanium dioxide dioxide into nanoparticles for ease of application. These sunscreen products have garnered controversy because they may be harmful to aquatic life and ecosystems.

Luckily, Ilia is transparent about the fact that they do not use nanotechnology for this product. Just sun-protective goodness! Plus, it’s silicone-free, fragrance-free, chemical screen-free, oil-free, non-comedogenic, and safe for sensitive skin.

For Anti-Aging Benefits
Honest CCC Tinted Moisturizer

Honest Beauty is the brainchild of actress Jessica Alba, who was inspired by the birth of her child to create everyday products that are natural, ethical, and skip out on common harmful ingredients. After the Honest Company was founded in 2008, Alba turned her focus to beauty products, thus creating Honest Beauty.

When it comes to skin tints, Honest Beauty offers one of our favorite. The CCC Tinted Moisturizer works as a corrective formula for aging or sun damaged skin. It treats the skin with an antioxidant cocktail, featuring vitamin C. Combined with physical SPF, this skin tint blurs the skin and fosters a healthy glow, all while filling fine lines and protecting your skin from UVA/UVB rays. Think of it as a short-term and long-term investment for your skin’s aging process.

For Oily Skin
Suntegrity Impeccable Skin SPF 30

If you have oily skin, natural foundations can be quite the gamble. So many formulas melt on the face and leave a not-so-cute sheen. If you’ve dealt with this way too many times, a lightweight skin tint may be just the thing you need.

Suntegrity was created by Tricia Trimble, who lost her mother to melanoma skin cancer. She has since become an advocate for the importance of sunscreen and sun protection, and takes her mission a step further by creating formulas that are environmentally-friendly.

This skin tint by Suntegrity delivers on a formula that’s especially lightweight, and hydrates the skin without a heavy residue. This is thanks to a vitamin and peptide complex that’s supplemented with fermented radish root. This unique blend creates a texture that’s both light and rich, and penetrates the skin exceptionally well while blurring fine lines and blemishes.

This skin tint uses non-nano zinc oxide and melanin to provide protection from blue light and Broad Spectrum UV rays.

For Ultra-Light Coverage
Kosas Tinted Face Oil

After founder Sheena Yaitanes created her first product on her kitchen table in 2015, Kosas has since become one of the fastest growing clean beauty brands in the industry. They’ve mastered the meaning of “less is more” with their new skin tint, which is known for providing coverage that’s ultra-light yet effective.

This skin tint works as a nourishing elixir to provide weightless hydration with avocado oil and jojoba oil, while boosting your natural glow with rosehip oil and red raspberry oil. The result of this oh-so-velvety product is your skin, but even better. Perfect for those with an active lifestyle who still want a little bit of coverage that feels light and comfy.

We carefully hand-select products based on strict purity standards, and only recommend products we feel meet this criteria. 100% PURE™ may earn a small commission for products purchased through affiliate links.

The information in this article is for educational use, and not intended to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should not be used as such.

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