Cover Ditch your foundation this summer and try these lightweight tinted moisturisers instead (Photo: @deciem/ Instagram)

Lightweight and easy to wear, tinted moisturisers give your skin a more polished glow without weighing you down like traditional foundations—here are the best ones to try this summer 2021

There’s nothing worse than feeling your makeup melt under Hong Kong’s hot and humid weather. In the time of Covid-19, the added headache of wearing masks daily adds an extra layer of difficulty to our skincare and makeup routine. Transferable makeup or comedogenic products that make it hard for the skin to breathe must be avoided at all cost to prevent the dreaded maskne—that’s where tinted moisturisers come in. 

Providing light coverage, hydration and oftentimes even sun protection, swapping out your foundation for a tinted moisturiser will help simplify your routine while giving your skin some much-needed time to breathe. Here, we list out the best tinted moisturisers for you to try this summer 2021. 

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Smashbox Halo Healthy Glow

Smashbox’s Halo Healthy Glow is a cream-based tinted moisturiser that’s packed with skin-boosting serums such as hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, goji berries and peptides. Providing light coverage alongside SPF 25, this tinted moisturiser is also vegan and oil-free, which means it’ll be giving you a healthy glow without getting greasy throughout the day. 

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Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint

Hourglass’s Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint is a moisturising, lightweight foundation infused with an advanced form of hyaluronic acid that’ll help plump and smooth your skin while providing medium coverage to blur out any spots or uneven skin tone. 

Not only does the product help to repair and improve your skin’s texture throughout the day, it’s also equipped with UVA/UVB SPF 15, keeping you safe from the sun. 

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The Ordinary Serum Foundation

The Ordinary is known for its high-quality, affordable skincare range, but its line of foundations have also gathered a loyal following since its launch. The brand offers two foundations: a high pigment Coverage Foundation, and a light to medium coverage Serum Foundation.

While the Coverage Foundation is suited on the days when you want more coverage, you’ll most likely be reaching towards the Serum Foundation during hotter months to avoid product build-up in the heat. Although the product itself offers little coverage, it’s just enough colour to even out redness while allowing your natural beauty to shine through. 

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Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint

Launched in March, Fenty Beauty’s Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint is the brand’s first light-to-medium coverage product that’s made for the days when you don’t feel like putting on a full face of makeup. 

Formulated with sodium hyaluronate, an ingredient that helps reduce dryness and flakiness by promoting skin hydration, the skin tint moisturises your skin while staying sweat, humidity and transfer-resistant. In true Fenty fashion, the Eaze Drop is available in 25 different shades, maintaining Rihanna’s colour inclusive mission we all know and love. 

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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser

Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturiser is available in two formulas: a new, oil-free one with SPF 20; and a 24-hour hydration formula with SPF 30. If you struggle with oily or combination skin, the oil-free formula will keep you matte and shine-free all day. 

On the other hand, if you’re trying to achieve the dewy, fresh out-of-the-shower natural glow, the original formula with macadamia and kukui seed oils will help reduce signs of dry skin and help the skin retain moisture. 

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Supergoop! CC Screen

Known for their range of high-quality sun protection, Supergoop’s CC Screen is a hundred per cent mineral cream that colour corrects and evens out the appearance of skin while providing a whopping SPF 50 sun protection. Made for all skin types, the formula is oil-free and non-comedogenic. 

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Bare Minerals Complexion

No matter how diligent we are with our skincare routine, chances are they will still be days when you’ll accidentally fall asleep with your makeup on. Bare Minerals' complexion rescue tinted hydrating gel cream might be the solution—boldly claiming to offer “makeup so pure and clean you can sleep in it”, the brand’s hyper-clean beauty ethics means that even their makeup products are good for your skin. 

The gel cream will give you very sheer but buildable coverage, smoothing out uneven skin tone and blurring imperfections. Equipped with SPF 30 mineral-based sun protection as well as hyaluronic acid, this vegan and oil-free tinted moisturiser is all you need if you’re looking for a quick and easy makeup routine. 

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Kosas Tinted Face Oil

Made for busy people who are constantly on the go, Kosas’ Tinted Face Oil is a clean, light-coverage skin tint that’ll moisturise, brighten and soothe your skin as you go about your day. 

Formulated with six active botanical oils: avocado, meadowfoam, red raspberry, jojoba, camellia seed and rosehip seed, think of this product as a lightweight serum that happens to be tinted. If you’re nervous about it being oil-based, the product absorbs into your skin without leaving you greasy. 

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