The Best Makeup Tints for a Natural Look

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Because different makeup tints have their own pros and cons, it’s important to do your research before you try to find the best makeup tints for your needs. If you’re not careful, you might end up using harmful products that you won’t like or simply wasting money on products that don’t work as well as they promised they would.

This guide will show you how to find and use the best makeup tints so that you can look as attractive as possible while also feeling confident about yourself!

Tinted Moisturizers

If you want to buy good-quality makeup, then tinted moisturizers are probably your safest bet. These offer similar coverage as a foundation, but they typically have a lighter consistency. They’re not heavy like other types of foundation (especially thick formulas). And despite their lightness, they provide enough coverage to even out skin tone and hide minor imperfections.

It’s easy to find tinted moisturizers with SPF (sun protection factor) built-in—all you have to do is read labels carefully and keep an eye out for broad-spectrum SPF 35 or higher. Always pick one that offers UVA/UVB protection.

Lip Glosses

Tinted lip gloss can be great if you want your lips to have some color but don’t want to go overboard. Just be sure that you choose one that isn’t going to make your lips appear too glossy and unnatural. Not only is that unflattering, but it also makes people think you’re trying too hard. Tinted lip balms will give off more shine than glosses, so they may not be your best bet if you want something low-key.

Lip Stains


makeup tints: lip gloss

These stains have an advantage over lipsticks and glosses in that they’re highly pigmented and stay on your lips for hours. They also won’t crack or feather, unlike tinted lip balms, which need to be reapplied frequently. As with all lip products, you should use your fingers to apply them as opposed to using a brush or sponge because they tend to apply product unevenly. Lip stains are best applied before lipstick because they can alter how the lipstick looks on your lips.

If you want to color without shine, stain it first! But if you want to color with shine—or if you simply love lip glosses—apply it last so it stays glossy instead of drying into what will likely be uncomfortable dry patches by lunchtime.

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Lip Liners

Whether you want to play up your lips or try to minimize them, lip liners can be used on top of lipstick or gloss to give a fuller shape and sharper color. To play up your lips, use a liner that’s one shade darker than your lipstick. To minimize lips, go for something one shade lighter. Lip liners also make it easier to fill in small lines around your mouth that may otherwise cause awkward puckering or unsightly blotches in certain colors and sheens.

Depending on how natural you want your tinted lips to look, lip pencils come in an array of textures from creamy to waxy—it all depends on how much control you want over how full and soft (or sharp) your pout looks.

Powder Blushes

Instead of buying an expensive blush in an inconvenient pan, opt for a powder blush. Many department stores sell affordable powder blushes that come in sturdy containers. You’ll be able to apply blush more quickly and can use it without ruining your makeup bag or purse. It will last longer than you think too! Powder blushes tend to last from 6 months to 2 years with proper care.

Even if you don’t like your color when you first try it, remember that powders can be mixed with other colors and liners so it won’t be long before you find something that works just right! Plus, these are typically hypoallergenic so they don’t aggravate sensitive skin and they often come in added SPF as well.

Strobe Creams

Strobe cream is sometimes referred to as blush in a can because it’s designed to make your cheeks glow (as opposed to the foundation, which is designed to even out skin tone). If you have fair skin, opt for powder-based strobe creams. If you have darker skin, liquid-based strobe creams are likely more flattering. Applying strobe cream well can take some practice; like contouring, it helps if you use thin layers and blend lightly and slowly.

If you’re just starting out with makeup and have decided that wearing it is worth doing right (rather than slapping on eyeliner at 6 am), consider using them only in places where they’ll really pop—like your cheekbones and forehead.

Eyeshadow Palettes


Makeup tints: eyeshadow palette

Palettes, which allow you to try out many different colors at once, are another great option. And with thousands of color combinations available in palettes today, there’s something for everyone. If you’re going for a more natural or neutral look and don’t have time to play around with each individual shade, consider an eyeshadow palette that already has some of your favorite colors mixed together in one place.

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If you want more control over your individual shades—and less time spent applying and blending them—eyeshadow singles may be better suited to your tastes and needs.

Makeup Tints Near Me

Finding a good tint can be tough, especially if you’re new to them. Tinting is different from coloring your hair because it gives you more control over how dark or light your hair will be without affecting your texture or structure. Since results vary per person and since you only need to add one or two applications of dye, it’s possible to try many brands in order to find what works best for you. When searching for makeup tints near me, consider visiting an actual salon and ask to see swatches before purchasing online or at a local store.


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By Dua Khan

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