Before the advent of bb and cc creams, beauty lovers reached for their old pal tinted moisturiser on the daily. The first no-makeup makeup that afforded a healthy luminosity and just a smattering of coverage. With the feel of a moisturiser - nourishing and easy to blend - without feeling heavy like a foundation.
Multi-purpose? You bet. Next-gen tinted moistures are developed with SPF 30 - for broad-spectrum UV defense for year-round sun protection. A non-negotiable step in any morning skin regimen.
Advancements in skincare technology and smarter formulas - designed to not just cover but also correct uneven skin tone - superseded tinted moisturiser. Yet, there are a select group of tinted moisturisers with a cult following that shows no signs of abating.
It's fair to say that Laura Mercier's tinted moisturiser is the original and the best. Other must-try formulations include; Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser, bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream.
If we're honest, it's impossible to choose just one - let alone narrow it down to just handful. Here the best crop of tinted moisturisers to shop in Australia.
Invisible Zinc Sheer Defence Tinted Moisturiser SPF50 ($34; at priceline.com.au)
Invisible Zinc’s Sheer Defence is a lightweight tinted formula perfect for those no make-up days when you still want some coverage. Free from chemical ingredients, this physical sunscreen is made with Zinc Oxide to offer maximum UV protection. Available in three shades: light, medium and deep.
Go-To Zincredible ($45; at gotoskincare.com)
Perfect for creating a natural-looking, dewy everyday base. What's more? As the name suggests, Zincredible is a physical sunscreen with SPF 15 protection.
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream ($49; at meccca.com.au)
The gel-like formulation provides medium-coverage while protecting skin from harmful UV and free radical damage.
Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow Hydrating Tint ($50; at charlottetilbury.com/au)
Designed to adapt to your skin tone - this barely-there fluid is deeply hydrating with just a touch of bronze pigments for a radiant complexion. Skin-loving ingredients work to banish fine lines.
Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser ($69; at mecca.com.au)
A staple in most make-up artist's kits for good reason. This is essential for creating that 'lit from within' luminosity without using a tone of beauty products. Add this to your cart if you have dry skin.
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo [+] Unifiant ($23.99; at priceline.com.au)
Award-Winning mattifying acne treatment with the added benefits of sheer coverage. Optimal for acne-prone skin and medium to oily skin types.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser ($70; at mecca.com.au)
Not already a Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser fan? Prepare to be won over by the creamy effortless face base that has become a staple among celebrities, models, editors and make-up artists everywhere. Its powerful blend of vitamin C and E help protect your skin from damaging environmental effect and offers anti-ageing benefits when used over a period of time.