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The best skin tints to replace your foundation this summer


(Picture: Getty/CultBeauty/Boots/Glossier)

Foundation? Who even is she?

All jokes aside, the cover of all cover-ups is still as popular as ever, but a new young bright thing is coming up the rear.

And she’s taking her spot in the beauty bags of many.

Who may this young starlet be, you ask? Well, her name is skin tint and she’s going to have her name in flashing lights this summer.

Not quite a tinted moisturiser or a BB cream, skin tints fall somewhere in the middle. The aim is to even out skin tone while allowing freckles, pores and skin texture to shine through.

This fact alone will cause panic in many. Foundations are there to blur and rid skin of flaws, whereas skin tints want you to embrace them.

In the summer months, foundation can cause more issues than its worth. Excess oil and sweat wreck a flawless finish. While the heavy nature of some formulas can often feel like an extra weight on the skin.

This is where skin tint becomes an excellent option.

They are light enough to keep skin breathing and refreshed during high temperatures without living skin completely bare.

And for those fearful of saying goodbye to coverage, most of the current batch are buildable and can be enhanced with your favourite concealer.

So put the foundation down and give skin tints a chance.

Fenty Beauty Eaze Drops Blurring Skin Tint

This skin tint is creating a lot of online buzz (Picture: Boots)

Get it for £25 at Boots.

Fenty’s Eaze Drops tint has been making waves on TikTok in recent weeks and for good reason. Made for those with oily skin and anyone who prefers a matte finish, it also comes with a fantastic shade range, with 25 in total to choose from. Ideal for anyone who is afraid of coverage that is too sheer.

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint

Already a cult classic in the beauty community (Picture: Glossier)

Get it for £20 at Glossier.

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint has been a major player in the light coverage world for a few years now. It is the ultimate ‘no makeup’ makeup product but beware, this gives minimal coverage. However, the skin tint is infused with Glycerin, so skin will stay moisturised and hydrated throughout the day.

Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint

Light coverage and a dewy finish (Picture: Cult Beauty)

Get it for £39 at Cult Beauty.

Serious brownie points go to Milk Makeup for the creative packaging on its Sunshine Skin Tint. Made with a rollerball tip, application is easy and perfect for touch-ups while you are out and about. This is a silicone-free formula that provides light coverage with a dewy finish and will suit those who love a glossy look.

Kosas Tinted Face Oil

Made popular thanks to YouTube star Emma Chamberlain (Picture: Cult Beauty)

Get it for £40 at Cult Beauty.

A favourite of YouTube star Emma Chamberlain, this Kosas Tinted Face Oil is made with rosemary leaf, jojoba and avocado oils. These good-for-skin ingredients mean you are getting more than just a makeup product. Glides over the skin to leave a natural, velvety finish.

Givenchy Teint Couture City Balm

Protects skin from UV rays and blue light (Picture: Givenchy)

Get it for £43 at Harrods.

Givenchy’s City Balm has a buildable light to medium coverage formula and is a top choice for anyone making the jump from foundation to tint. It’s crafted to perfect the skin while protecting it against pollution, UV rays and blue light.

Hourglass Illusions Hyaluronic Skin Tint

Creates a flawless finish with a lovely glow (Picture: Space NK)

Get it for £55 at Space NK.

Even skin tone and get a flawless yet natural finish from this Hourglass Hyaluronic tint. Provides moderate coverage with a lovely glow, while the hyaluronic acid plumps fine lines and wrinkles.

Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint

A product fusing skincare and makeup (Picture: Naturisimo)

Get it for £46 at Naturisimo.

Ilia’s Super Serum Skin Tint combines skincare and makeup to create a multitasking product. Formulated without silicone, oils or fragrance, the tint is also non-comedogenic, making it suitable for breakout-prone skin. This has a lovely buildable coverage and leaves the skin with a glow that lasts all day long.

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