Ah, foundation… remember her? Don’t get us wrong, we still love a full face, but TBH our living room setup just doesn’t really call for it.
However, with all the Instagram filter testing we’re keeping busy with (and the fact that your boss could video call at any moment), it’s nice to have something a little more polished than completely bare skin to face the virtual world with. And so, it’s tinted moisturiser’s time to shine.
The base buy that kickstarted the ‘natural skin’ trend that BB and CC creams have since jumped onboard, they’re often confused with the others in their second-skin category – so let’s clear that up.
What are the differences between CC and BB creams and tinted moisturisers?
CC actually stands for ‘colour correcting’, so these types of formulas are less about coverage, and more about correction – think of them as targeted treatments that work to reduce redness and even out discolouration, rather than ones that act as an actual base.
BB or ‘beauty balm’ creams, however, definitely play within base territory – they’re the closest you’ll get to an actual foundation formula within the ‘no-makeup makeup’ crew. BB blends usually act as all-in-one style products, able to offer SPF, primer and creamy light to medium coverage in a single hit. They’re generally on the illuminating side of the spectrum, and they’re ideal for those days when you need to get up and go, as they prime, protect and perfect in one speedy streamline step.
But honestly, while we have absolutely nowhere to get up and go at the moment, we’ve been longing for something even lighter – and this is why true tints are taking out the top spot in our WFH routines right now.
So… what’s so great about tinted moisturisers?
Tinted moisturiser is, well, exactly what it sounds like. It’s a moisture-boosting hydrator that takes ‘natural’ a step further than BBs and CCs, designed to offer just enough tint to make you feel alive, without leaving skin feeling (or looking – in a good way) like you’re wearing anything at all.
The magic of tinted moisturisers is that just like classic colourless formulas, different ones are designed with different skin types in mind, to make sure your skin is getting a hit of complexion-concealing hydration that is tailored to its own concerns.
And so, because these formulas aren’t one-size-fits-all, we’ve rounded up our fave finds for every skin type – from brightness boosters to blemish busters, here are our top tints.
Best for dry skin: Clinique
Best for dull skin: DB Cosmetics
Best for ageing skin: Tarte
Best for sensitive skin: Bobbi Brown
Best for acne-prone skin: Natio
Best for oily skin: Laura Mercier
Best for combination skin: jane iredale
Main image credit: @michmilla
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