As much we believe in the magic of makeup, there are days when your skin deserves some downtime. A full face of foundation throughout the week, for eight to 10-hour stretches each time, can be punishing on your complexion. As much as we rely on our holy grail base products to accentuate beauty, some occasions call for us to set aside the elaborate, and instead turn to something simpler and more nourishing for our faces.

Tinted moisturisers are exactly that. Each creamy product forms the bridge between two beauty worlds — skincare and makeup — to endow your complexion with lasting hydration, as well as just the right amount of coverage to kindle your confidence. Wear it on breezy no-makeup-makeup days, or to laidback weekend situations (think brunch, pool dates, or the gym) where it’s not mandatory to bust out your full array of face paints. As an added bonus, they are far easier to apply than any other foundation, BB or CC cream. You don’t have to sweat the lazy mornings anymore, either.

If we’ve got you sold, here are some of the best tinted moisturisers out there.

1
Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint

Hourglass’ Skin Tint is branded as a foundation, but it really functions more as a tinted moisturiser because of the hyaluronic acid present in its formulation. Hyaluronic acid, as we are well familiar, is a naturally-occurring powerhouse in your skin that draws in moisture from your surroundings to keep your skin plump, and quench its thirst throughout the day. This skin tint hydrates, and provides medium to full coverage for those with drier skin. Apply some on and revel in the your-skin-but-better effect it delivers.

S$92. Available at Sephora.

2
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser SPF20

Those who crave a hint of dewiness to liven up duller skin ought to hop on the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser bandwagon. Its sheer coverage and lightweight formula gives your skin a fresh, healthy radiance that will last. If those pesky “you look so tired” comments plague you on bare-faced days, give the snide remarkers a one up when you wear this. The cream is also enhanced with broad spectrum SPF20 protection, vitamins, and antioxidants, which really ramp up its skincare factor.

S$77. Available at Sephora.

3
La Mer The Reparative Skin Tint SPF30

There’s no reason to hide signs of ageing behind layers of foundation. Instead, celebrate your skin with a treat in the form of La Mer’s potent, deeply hydrating skin tint. The “reparative” qualifier in its name is fully justified, as the moisturiser is made with marine ferments and antioxidants that fend off against environmental stressors that accelerate your skin’s ageing. One downside, though, is how its shade range stops at “medium” only.

S$180. Available at Tangs and La Mer boutiques.

4
Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser

Tinted moisturisers are as capable as any foundation when it comes to absolving you of hyperpigmentation woes. The Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser is the perfect example. The oil-free cream layers smoothly to instantly guise any signs of an uneven skin tone or sun damage, while it utilises botanical ingredients to steadily reduce any discolouration over time. If you’re sporty or have a fondness for languid weekends at the beach, this is your new go-to.

S$70. Available at Sephora.

5
Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Complexion Cream

Larger pores and fine lines are no issue for the Urban Decay One & Done Complexion Cream. The sheer-coverage cream has blurring properties that hide what you want to mask, as it bolsters your complexion with a cocktail of peptides and vitamins. You don’t even need to prime your skin before slathering on this treasure.

S$50. Available at Sephora and Urban Decay boutiques.

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.