The perfect tinted moisturizer is the true MVP in your everyday routine, a lightweight cream, gel, or primer that blurs your pores and evens your skin tone but stays humble, completely invisible to a well-lit vanity mirror, an iPhone flash, and even your best friend on FaceTime who tells you your skin is glowing. Really, the only way that a good skin tint could get better is if you were to throw in sun protection.
Tinted sunscreen is the ultimate summer multitasker: the answer to feather-light skin coverage, plus sun protection built right in. It’s not a sunscreen replacement — especially for a long walk in the hot sun — but think of it as a seasonal skin-care upgrade, perfect for those blissful makeup-free Saturday mornings when you want sun-blocking, radiant coverage in one step. Ahead, every tube of tinted sunscreen worth trying this summer.
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CeraVe Tinted Sunscreen with SPF 30
From one of our favorite affordable skin-care brands, CeraVe’s latest 2020 launch is a dream tinted sunscreen. Its powerful, antioxidant-rich SPF 30 mineral formula is great for those with sensitive skin. Even better, it comes in one universal shade that’s been formulated to magically disappear into every skin tone.
CeraVe CeraVe Tinted Sunscreen with SPF 30 | Hydrating Mineral, $, available at AmazonSupergoop! Glowscreen SPF 40
If you’re looking for a sunscreen to completely replace foundation or BB cream — providing less of a tint and more of an I-drink-so-much-water sheen — this is the one. The sheer, glowy finish works on every skin tone and provides a great base under makeup.
Supergoop! Glowscreen Sunscreen SPF 40, $, available at SephoraIMAN Skin Tone Evener BB Cream SPF 15
This formula works particularly well for those with anyone with a medium to deep skin tone looking for light color coverage. Not only does it even skin tone and blur pores, it’s protective, too.
Iman IMAN Skin Tone Evener BB Cream SPF 15, Clay Medium Deep, $, available at WalgreensUnsun Cosmetics Mineral Tinted Broad Spectrum Face Sunscreen SPF 30
Some mineral sunscreens refuse to sheer out on medium and deep skin tones, leaving an obvious white or gray cast of zinc oxide, even after lots of blending. Though this one’s only available in two tints — fair/light and medium/dark — it’s been tested across a wide range of skin tones, and rubs in totally transparent across the board.
Unsun Cosmetics Mineral Tinted Broad Spectrum Face Sunscreen SPF 30, $, available at CredoBareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30
If you’re used to wearing foundation or matte BB cream, this tinted moisturizer is the perfect summer replacement. The coverage is buildable enough to cover pimples or redness, but the texture is a refreshing lightweight gel that won’t melt off in the sun. Plus, …read more