Best Tinted Moisturizers

Hot weather and heavy foundation do not mix and spending more time outdoors means switching to a lightweight, less visible makeup with an SPF. Here’s a few tinted moisturizers for the more casual summer months to keep your face flawlessly protected.


Laura Mercier’s best selling Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 has been a staple of mine for years, but now I can enjoy an oil-free version. Humidity and outside activity take their toll on the longevity of makeup, but Mercier’s version doesn’t budge and provides a natural cover and finish.


Jane Iredale weighs in on the tined moisturizer category with their new Dream Tint tinted moisturizer that provides a chemical free SPF 15. Fantastic if traditional sunscreens tend to be too heavy or cause breakouts and the oil free formula stands up to even the heaviest humidity.


Not willing to budge an inch from your old favs this summer? Give those favorites a boost with Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF 30. It’s meant to be mixed, add just a few drops to your moisturizer to give it an instant SPF makeover.

Dermalogica Barrier Repair

Dermalogica reigns supreme in the world of professional skincare. They really are the big fish with a complete arsenal of skin soothing, age busting, acne fighting all stars while managing to remain cruelty free and technologically ahead of the curve. Barrier Repair is a unique, waterless, colorless silicone based moisturizer that protects your skin by keeping the bad stuff out (pollutants) and the good stuff in (moisture).

It has an amazingly velvety feel that’s not greasy in the least, and it also provides a great primer for your foundation so it lasts the day without changing color or wearing off. I find it’s best for those who are sensitive, acne prone or just don’t like a heavy moisturizer.

Dermalogica Barrier Repair

Dermalogica Daily Microfollant

Sometimes I feel like the more products I try the more they’re all the same, I’ll try something brand new and swear I’ve used it 100 times before. The first time I used Dermalogica’s Daily Microfollant the concept was so new to me that I just didn’t get it. It comes in a plastic shaker filled with dry powder which you collect in hand and turn into a paste with a few drops of water to exfoliate. A great combination of rice bran, green tea and oatmeal soothes your skin (even those who are super sensitive) while gently lifting impurities and leaving your skin super bright and flawless under foundation.

At first I thought it was a hassle and wondered why the product didn’t just come as a paste, but after years of using it, I have the water formula down. I use less water on days I want a stiffer paste and more exfoliation, more water when I don’t and sometimes add it to my cleanser. I might never understand beauty anomalies like tattooed lip liner, but this nifty invention is pure genus.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant