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Skin Tint vs. Foundation: What’s the Best Choice for Your Skin?

skin tint vs. foundation

Three of the most popular makeup products right now – skin tints, tinted moisturizers, and foundations – are all very different products. If you’ve ever wondered what the differences are and which is best for you, you’re not alone.

So what is the difference between skin tint and foundation and tinted moisturizer? Let’s break it down!

Skin tint vs foundation

The biggest difference between a skin tint and a foundation is the coverage. Foundations offer a traditional medium to heavy coverage, whereas skin tints are the sheerest coverage available.


Foundations, by comparison, are perfect for masking problem areas and smoothing out blemishes. The trade off is that the heavier product can accentuate wrinkles by settling into fine lines, clog pores, and creates a more matte appearance. To help offset the chances of a breakout, use a clean beauty foundation free from harsh chemicals.

Skin Tints

As the lightest possible makeup style available, it feels more like a serum than a traditional makeup product. For a flawless, glassy appearance, you can apply with a makeup brush or sponge. If you’re opting for a barely-there, just-woke-up-like-this (but better) look, blend in with your fingers so the product melts into your skin.

Conclusion? If you’re looking for a subtle smoothing effect for your skin tone and a dewy finish, reach for the skin tint. For breakout coverage and a more matte, photoshoot-ready look, opt for your foundation.

Tinted moisturizer vs foundation

Tinted Moisturizers

A tinted moisturizer is as simple as it sounds – a moisturizer with an added tint of pigment to match your skin tone. Tinted moisturizers are great if your skin is very dry and you’re needing a pick-me-up of deep hydration. It can be applied before layering foundation for even more coverage, or can be used alone for a sheer coverage. If you have very dry skin, opt for a tinted moisturizer that has active ingredients that target dryness and irritation.

Skin Tints

There’s a lot of confusion between tinted moisturizers and skin tints. Skin tints tend to be less oily than tinted moisturizers, and a little more sheer – resulting in a finish that’s dewy and glowy without appearing greasy.

Our Life’s a Beach Skin Tint offers the best of all skincare options, as both a sheer makeup, skin protection with SPF 31, and ingredients that restores your complexion, reduces skin irritation, and fights off free radicals. Hyaluronic acid retains skin moisture and promotes anti-aging, deep sea water is rich in minerals that strengthen the skin barrier, and green tea leaf extract calms irritated skin and helps prevent clogged pores.

Jazmine Beauty skin tint

For more about skin tints and why we love them, check out this post!


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