The Best Moisturising Tints To Perfect, Cover & Make Skin Glow
The Best Moisturising Tints To Perfect, Cover & Make Skin Glow

The Best Moisturising Tints To Perfect, Cover & Make Skin Glow

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If you’re searching for a product that can do it all — moisturise, provide coverage, and leave your skin glowing — then look no further than tinted moisturisers. These multi-tasking wonders are the perfect fusion of skincare and make-up, offering the hydration of a moisturiser with the added benefit of a hint of colour for a flawless complexion. Here, Beauty Daily speaks to award-winning make-up artist Amba Logan to delve into the world of tinted moisturisers and how to use them to achieve glowy, radiant skin.  

Tinted moisturisers for perfecting, covering & making skin glow 

“A tinted moisturiser is the definition of a multi-tasking product,” Logan says. “They slot into your skincare routine as well as your make-up application and give a subtle hint of colour and the lightest touch of coverage for a ‘your skin but better’ finish,” she adds. Below, we’ve listed some of our favourite Clarins tinted moisturisers to try if you want to jump on the tinted moisturiser bandwagon: 

MyClarins Re-Boost Tinted Hydra-Energising Tinted Cream, £25 

MyClarins Re-Boost Tinted Hydra-Energising Tinted Cream

This tinted moisturiser is chock-full of skin-loving ingredients like organic coconut water, organic Alpine rose extract as well as acerola seeds — all meant to hydrate and add radiance. The lightweight formula glides onto the skin effortlessly. Micro-pigments are released upon contact with the skin, which helps even out imperfections, while still looking natural.

Clarins Tinted Oleo-Serum, £39

Clarins Tinted Oleo-Serum

For those with dry skin, consider this a total game-changer. Less of a tinted moisturiser, and more of a tinted serum, it’s a great example of the perfect fusion of skincare and make-up. Unlike traditional tinted moisturisers, this one has a more fluid texture that deeply nourishes the skin and also offers buildable coverage.

How should you apply a tinted moisturiser? 

Logan suggests using your fingers to apply tinted moisturiser, as it helps to blend the product seamlessly into the skin. 

Step 1: Prep your skin

Begin with a clean, moisturised face. Ensure your skin is well-hydrated before applying a tinted moisturiser for a smoother application. 

Step 2: Dot and blend

“Take a small amount of tinted moisturiser and place the bulk of the product to the centre of your face first before blending out towards your hairline and jaw,” Logan advises. “Use your fingers to blend the product evenly across your face to avoid any visible lines where the pigment may differ slightly,” she adds. 

Step 3: Build up coverage

If you desire more coverage, repeat step 2 and layer the tinted moisturiser where needed. “You can also use a creamy concealer to target smaller areas that require additional coverage,” Logan says. 

Do I need to wash off tinted moisturiser? 

Tinted moisturisers are designed to be left on the skin, providing hydration and a subtle tint throughout the day. However, at the end of the day, removing any products or grime from the face is vital for a fresh, clean complexion. 

Why use a tinted moisturiser? 

Hydration and moisture 

Tinted moisturisers are formulated with hydrating ingredients that nourish and replenish the skin. They provide essential moisture, preventing dryness and keeping your skin plumped-up and healthy. Unlike traditional foundations, which sometimes feel heavy or cakey, tinted moisturisers offer a lightweight and breathable alternative, allowing your skin to maintain its natural moisture balance. 

Natural, dewy finish 

If you prefer a more natural, ‘no-make-up’ look, tinted moisturisers are your new best friend. They offer a sheer, light coverage that enhances your skin’s natural beauty rather than masking it. They work to even out your skin tone, blur imperfections, and give you a radiant, dewy glow. 

Time-saving and simplified routine 

One of the most significant advantages of using a tinted moisturiser is the time-saving aspect. With this multi-tasking product, you can streamline your beauty routine by combining the benefits of a moisturiser, SPF, and light coverage in a single step. It’s incredibly convenient for those busy mornings when you want to look put together but only have a little time to spare.  


Tinted moisturisers offer versatility in terms of coverage and application. The formulas are usually buildable, allowing you to customise the level of coverage according to your preference. You can apply a thin layer for a natural, ‘barely-there’ look or layer it up for more coverage. Tinted moisturisers can also be applied with your fingertips, making it a fuss-free option that’s perfect for on-the-go touch-ups. 

Is BB cream or tinted moisturiser better? 

Both BB creams and tinted moisturisers have their unique advantages. BB creams offer slightly more coverage than tinted moisturisers but less than foundation. They often provide skincare benefits and hydration, making them suitable for breakout-prone, sensitive, or inflamed skin. Tinted moisturisers, however, give a lighter touch of coverage and a more natural finish. They are ideal for those who want to even out their skin tone while maintaining a fresh, dewy look. The choice between BB cream and tinted moisturiser ultimately depends on your desired coverage and your skin’s specific needs. 

Is tinted moisturiser better than foundation? 

Tinted moisturisers and foundations serve different purposes. Tinted moisturisers provide hydration and a sheer tint, perfect for those who prefer a natural, ‘no-makeup’ look or have drier skin. On the other hand, foundations offer higher coverage and a more polished finish. A tinted moisturiser may be the ideal choice if you’re looking for a product that balances hydration, coverage, and a healthy glow. 

Can you use tinted moisturiser instead of foundation? 

If you have relatively clear skin and prefer a more minimal make-up routine, a tinted moisturiser can be a great alternative to foundation.  

Can I use tinted moisturiser as sunscreen? 

While some tinted moisturisers contain SPF, it’s essential to check the product’s specific SPF level and coverage. If your tinted moisturiser has a sufficient SPF of at least 30 and offers broad-spectrum protection, it can provide some sun protection. However, if you’ll be exposed to extended periods of solar rays, it’s always advisable to layer a dedicated sunscreen underneath your tinted moisturiser for optimal protection. 

Want a tinted SPF product? Try Clarins UV PLUS [5P] Anti-Pollution SPF50 in Beige, £34. 

Clarins UV Plus Anti Pollution multi-protection moisturising screen

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