Fed Up With Foundation? Here’s 10 Affordable Skin Tints To Try Instead

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These skin tints are a great alternative to foundation. (Photo: Mixed Retailers)
These skin tints are a great alternative to foundation. (Photo: Mixed Retailers)

These skin tints are a great alternative to foundation.  (Photo: Mixed Retailers)

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Even the biggest fans of full-coverage foundation may question their commitment in the height of summer. These kinds of formulas can mix with sweat and clog pores, as well as taking a little too long to apply. It’s time and effort that you just don’t need to put in when you’re already feeling too hot to function. 

Enter, skin tints: the key to perfecting that ‘no makeup’ makeup look. An ultra sheer alternative to heavier products, they’re super lightweight, quick and easy to apply (we’re talking seconds here), and ideal for offering a soft, subtle, natural-looking glow. 

They’re the ‘it’ product right now, and there are a hell of a lot of them to choose from. So, to give you a helping hand, we sifted through the options for you and have rounded up a selection of the best skin tints for a range of budgets. 

This dermatologist approved, budget-friendly tint
This dermatologist approved, budget-friendly tint

Amazon

This dermatologist approved, budget-friendly tint

For skin that’s lacking that fresh, healthy glow, this is the one. Made with antioxidant complex vitamin E, pro vitamin B5 and aloe vera, it’s ultra hydrating and seriously nourishing. Soaking seamlessly into skin, this silky liquid creates a soft, dewy, natural-looking finish.

Get it from Amazon for £5.58 (was £9.15)

This gel tint is ideal for that ‘fresh faced’ look
This gel tint is ideal for that ‘fresh faced’ look

Boots

This gel tint is ideal for that ‘fresh faced’ look

This innovative gel is both cooling and refreshing and feels wonderfully light and breathable. Ultra hydrating, long-lasting and water-resistant, it’s super easy to apply and blends seamlessly into skin. It’s also sensitive skin friendly and free from parabens and fragrance.

Get it from Boots for £24

This luminous serum offers 12 hours of hydration
This luminous serum offers 12 hours of hydration

Boots

This luminous serum offers 12 hours of hydration

Available in five super sheer, ultra adaptable shades, this serum evens tone and texture, providing an all-day luminous finish. The non-greasy liquid leaves skin looking soft, smooth and wonderfully bright, complete with a subtle dewy finish.

Get it from Boots for £13

This non-greasy skin tint is oh so nourishing
This non-greasy skin tint is oh so nourishing

Amazon

This non-greasy skin tint is oh so nourishing

For glowy skin, this sheer tint, formulated with plant-based oils, is a godsend. Super hydrating, ultra nourishing, and wonderfully brightening, this formula can be worn sheer or built up to create heavier coverage.

Get it from Boots for £9

This formula takes glowing skin to another level
This formula takes glowing skin to another level

Boots

This formula takes glowing skin to another level

For drier skin types, this tint is a real winner. Packed full of moisture, the formula brightens and perfects, while also offering skin a powerful shot of hydration. Illuminating skin while light-reflective pearl pigments create an effortless radiant glow, this is the ideal summer skin veil.

Get it from Boots for £34

This super hydrating tint is ideal for dry skin types
This super hydrating tint is ideal for dry skin types

Feel Unique

This super hydrating tint is ideal for dry skin types

A personal favourite of mine, this ultra hydrating formula (which my dry skin loves) offers buildable, sheer-to-medium coverage and melts seamlessly into skin. Subtly smoothing skin tone and blurring imperfections, it makes achieving that ‘barely there’ makeup look absolutely effortless.

Get it from Feel Unique for £11.20 (was £16)

This ultra breathable formula blends like a dream
This ultra breathable formula blends like a dream

Glossier

This ultra breathable formula blends like a dream

This tint is a game-changer. It’s unbelievably light, doesn’t highlight dry skin but also doesn't make oily skin greasy, making it ideal for us combination skin babes. It works to brighten and even out skin tone, while also minimising the appearance of pores and blemishes. The soft-focus, dewy finish is addictively glorious.

Get it from Glossier for £20

This silky formula is wonderfully lightweight
This silky formula is wonderfully lightweight

Look Fantastic

This silky formula is wonderfully lightweight

Another personal go-to, thanks to its super soft-focus effect and light, sheer coverage that subtly transforms skin. It’s also wonderfully easy to blend, with the formula gliding effortlessly onto skin, drying with a matte-look finish. Spiked with hyaluronic acid and coconut extract, the formula works to ensure skin stays supple, smooth and well hydrated all day long.

Get it from Look Fantastic for £9.95

This ultra easy to apply liquid comes in 25 flexible shades
This ultra easy to apply liquid comes in 25 flexible shades

Boots

This ultra easy to apply liquid comes in 25 flexible shades

Formulated to be ultra easy to apply, this skin blurring tint evens out your complexion, subtly blurring imperfections. Thanks to innovative ‘HydraBlend Complex’, the formula hydrates, smooths and brightens skin with just a few drops. FYI, the results speak for themselves.

Get it from Boots for £27

For dry skin, this is another winner
For dry skin, this is another winner

Amazon

For dry skin, this is another winner

A real dry skin hero, this plumping liquid instantly brightens and hydrates skin. Spiked with hyaluronic acid, this bad boy gives skin a strong shot of intense moisture.

Get it from Amazon for £9.55 (was £14.99)

This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.

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