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Want An Even Complexion Without Heavy Makeup? You've Got To Try This

Meet the perfect base for the "no-makeup" makeup look.

  • Posted on 17th May, 2022 20:55 PM
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If you’re drawn to the “no-makeup look,” then you know it all starts with healthy skin. Of course, we always love to reiterate that healthy skin starts with what you put in your body, a smart skin care routine, and holistic lifestyle habits. But even if you’re top-notch with your skin care habits, you may need an assist from a coverup if you’re looking for that clean canvas. Because, hello we’re human, and probably not completely free of blemishes or fine lines. 

So yes, even “no-makeup makeup” calls for a few makeup products. But what makes this look different is that all of the classic steps work to enhance your natural look, not cover anything up. So where do you start? A light coverage, radiant base such as a tinted moisturizer, light-coverage foundation, or (similarly) a skin tint—a perfect mid-point between the two.

What is a skin tint?

If you haven’t heard of the term skin tint before, celebrity makeup artist and clean beauty enthusiast, Katey Denno explains best: “Skin tints typically refer to a category of products similar to tinted moisturizer, but even more sheer. They may have added skincare benefits in them (like a BB or CC cream) or they may be just a basic moisturizer with a very light amount of skin tone matching pigment.”

Just as you would with foundation, check to make sure your skin tint has a finish you'll love. Because skin tints are so lightweight, the result tends to be on the dewy side (which enhances the no-makeup makeup look). If you do want to control oil and shine, follow up with a powder to get a more matte finish.

How we picked:

Ingredients

We chose formulas that put the health of your skin first. We then looked to brands that utilize sustainably sourced ingredients for our top picks.

Shade range

We prioritized finding products that work well with complexions of all kinds. Brands that offer a wide shade range and diverse array of undertones are featured in this selection.

Testing

We tested out products firsthand to see what worked and what didn't. When this wasn't possible, our editors utilized verified customer experiences.

Skin care benefits

We made it a priority to feature products that pack in skin-loving ingredients, like hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and plant-based hydrators to ensure you're getting the most out of your makeup.

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How do skin tints compare to other base products?

  • Skin tint: Again, the main attraction with these products is the minimal and even sheer coverage. They tend to have some skin-loving ingredients, whereas many heavier products, like foundation, don’t. 
  • Tinted moisturizer: While skin tints tend to be more liquidy, tinted moisturizers typically come out as a cream. These products aren’t known to be full coverage either but some may be buildable. If you're on the drier side or you shy away from liquidy products, you may prefer a tinted moisturizer to a skin tint as they too generally contain hydrating ingredients. 
  • Foundation: And finally we have foundation: the queen bee of base products. If you’re looking for medium to full coverage, foundation is the way to go (here’s a list of our favorites if you’re on the hunt). Of course foundations come in many different forms, some with less coverage than others, as well as a variety of finishes: matte, natural, dewy, etc. If you want to cover any blemishes or redness, you’ll probably want to opt for a foundation (or use a concealer over your skin tint). 

mbg review process. 

At mbg, high standards are earned—and there are no shortcuts. Our beauty editors stay up to date on the latest ingredient research and innovation. It's a dynamic, continuously evolving space, and it's important we look into the science so we can make informed choices about which formulas earn our stamp of approval (figuratively speaking).

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The takeaway. 

“No-makeup” makeup looks sound simple, but there’s actually many different ways to go about them. When it comes to base makeup, you’ll have to decide if you’re looking for light coverage or something a bit more opaque. If you’re a fan of the previous, then skin tints are a great option as they provide sheer coverage and generally have some powerful ingredients that benefit the skin as well. If you’re looking for some ways to spice up the all-natural makeup look, try out this sunburn blush technique

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