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Celebrities can display full facial expressions for red carpet events, but many opt for more understated beauty looks every day.
Is it among the must-haves for thinner makeup? Tinted moisturizers that offer lightweight, natural-looking coverage and multiple skincare benefits.
Below, discover (and buy) nine skin colors that the stars swear by, from Hailey Bieber’s SPF-packed “holy grail” to what Gracie Abrams once called “changed.” [her] life.”
Looking for a more complete formula? Don’t miss our guide to the best foundations as seen in the stars.
Many superstars agree that this product, made with soothing and moisturizing niacinamide, squalene, and hyaluronic acid, is truly super.
Vanessa Hudgens told Who What Wear she was “in love” with the SPF 40 shade, while Cindy Crawford complimented The Zoe Report that “it has a little bit of that shimmer, so I love this for summer.”
Kate Hudson similarly gushes to Glamor about the “super dewy” formula, while Kristin Cavallari told Page Six Style: “It provides excellent light coverage and I’m comfortable knowing that I’m applying something good to my skin.”
Another tinted moisturizer stars getting into their beauty bags? Saie Slip Tint. The best-selling and award-winning product has a place in Kristen Bell’s cosmetic bag. ($47).
Gracie Abrams is similarly a fan of Saie, who she said was “all over Tiktok” when she discovered it.
“This has changed my life,” she said of the product packed with SPF.
When it comes to beauty brands known for their tinted moisturizers, Laura Mercier is on top. Ashley Graham once told Vogue she’s turning to the product in the summer, while Meghan Markle praised an earlier version of the brand’s illuminating tinted moisturizer in an interview with Beauty Banter. (Laura Mercier now sells Tinted Moisturizing Lightening Lighter, again designed for an illuminating look.)
Lizzo’s beauty routine includes Laura Mercier, as she once dropped the brand’s name in a New York Times interview.
Charlotte Tilbury can’t help but dye “every red carpet in the world Pillow Talk pink” as her makeup artist once told Page Six Style — and it’s not just her signature lip color that stars love.
The brand’s tinted moisturizer was adored by Kate Bosworth, who once listed it as a holiday beauty must-have.
“This is SUCH a great colorful glow item when you want it or get a little tan,” she said on her Instagram Stories in 2017, per e. “Super natural and unisex!”
Thanks to a rave review from Hailey Bieber, this tinted SPF also tops our list of celebrity favorite sunscreens. While many stars are obsessed with the clear version of EltaMD, the founder of Rhode Beauty called this light coverage version her “holy grail” in an interview with Elle.
Among Glossier’s beauty products – now also available at Sephora – includes this light complexion designed for a sheer, dewy finish. Camila Mendes is a fan of the Cosmopolitan formula she uses both on the set of “Riverdale” and in her own beauty routine.
“I like how lightweight this Glossier foundation is,” she praised in 2018. “It’s not full concealer, it’s a bit liquid and watery, but it helps smoothness as my skin still looks skin-like, which I like. I also feel like I’m not clogging my pores as much as I used to. [when I use it]”
Are you “enjoying” applying makeup but looking for something lighter than foundation? Consider this offering from Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty brand, billed as a buildable tinted moisturizer with a “blurry” effect. The product has topped the bestseller list since its launch in 2021, where Page Six Style tested the formula.
Wondering how Lizzo makes her skin look ‘Good As Hell’? The star told the New York Times that she uses this tinted moisturizer from Nars in addition to the aforementioned Laura Mercier formula. Sephora reviewers were equally impressed with this vitamin C-packed product, which received 4.4 stars from over 3,300 reviews.
“I’m obsessed with how my skin looks when I wear this,” wrote one customer, saying it gives a “beautiful glow” to the skin.
When it comes to celebrity-owned makeup brands, Selena Gomez’s Rare Beauty also offers a tinted moisturizer designed for “shiny” light to medium coverage.
Gomez called it “one of my favorite products we’ve ever made” in a TikTok this year, noting that the liquid formula can be applied by hand or with a foundation brush.