The 9 best tinted moisturizers for a hydrated glow, per celebrities

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Celebrities might sport full faces of glam for red carpet events, but many prefer more low-key beauty looks for everyday.

Among their subtler makeup must-haves? Tinted moisturizers, which offer light, natural-looking coverage along with a bevy of skincare benefits.

Below, explore (and shop) nine skin tints stars swear by, from Hailey Bieber’s SPF-packed “holy grail” to the product Gracie Abrams once said “changed [her] life.”

Looking for a more full-coverage formula? Don’t miss our guide to the best foundations, as seen on the stars.

An Ilia bottle of tinted moisturizer

Plenty of superstars would agree this product – made with soothing and hydrating niacinamide, squalene and hyaluronic acid — is indeed super.

Vanessa Hudgens told Who What Wear she “fell in love” with the SPF 40 tint, while Cindy Crawford raved to The Zoe Report that it “has a little bit of that glow, so I love that for summer.”  

Kate Hudson similarly gushed to Glamour about the “super dewy” formula, while Kristin Cavallari told Page Six Style, “This gives the perfect light coverage, and I have peace of mind knowing I’m putting something good on my skin.”

A Saie tinted moisturizer

Another tinted moisturizer stars are slipping into their beauty bags? Saie Slip Tint. The bestselling and award-winning product has a place in Kristen Bell’s cosmetics case, as she told Vogue she uses “two squirts” of the “really, really light” formula in her beauty routine, paired with the cult-favorite IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream ($47).

Gracie Abrams is similarly a fan of Saie, which she told the same outlet was “all over TikTok” when she discovered it.

“This has changed my life,” she raved of the SPF-packed product. 

A Laura Mercier moisturizer
Laura Mercier

When it comes to beauty brands known for their tinted moisturizers, Laura Mercier is tops. Ashley Graham once told Vogue she turns to the product during the summer, while Meghan Markle praised a previous version of the brand’s illuminating tinted moisturizer in an interview with Beauty Banter, per Hello. (Laura Mercier now sells a Tinted Moisturizer Light Revealer, also designed for an illuminating finish.)

Lizzo’s beauty routine also includes Laura Mercier, as she once name-dropped the brand in a New York Times interview.

A Charlotte Tilbury tinted moisturizer
Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury can’t stop painting “every red carpet around the world Pillow Talk pink,” as the makeup master herself once told Page Six Style — and it’s not just her signature lip color stars are loving.

The brand’s tinted moisturizer is a hit with Kate Bosworth, who once listed it among her vacation beauty must-haves.

“This is SUCH a great tinted glow element when you want or have a bit of a tan,” she raved on her Instagram Stories in 2017, per E!. “Super natural & unisex!”

An EltaMD tinted sunscreen

Thanks to a rave review from Hailey Bieber, this tinted SPF also tops our list of the most celebrity-loved sunscreens. While plenty of stars are obsessed with EltaMD’s clear version, the Rhode Beauty founder called this light-coverage version her “holy grail” in an interview with Elle.

Glossier skin tint

Glossier’s beauty buys — now also available at Sephora — include this lightweight skin tint designed for a sheer, dewy finish. Camila Mendes is a fan of the formula, which she told Cosmopolitan she used both on the “Riverdale” set and in her own beauty routine.

“I like how light this Glossier foundation is,” she raved in 2018. “It’s not full coverage, it’s kind of liquidy and watery, but it helps with evenness because my skin still looks like skin, which I like. I also feel like I’m not clogging my pores as much [when I use it].”

A Fenty skin tint bottle
Fenty Beauty/Ulta

“Eazing” into wearing 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 “blurring” effect. The product has reached bestseller status since its launch in 2021 — when Page Six Style put the formula to the test.

Nars tinted moisturizer

Wondering how Lizzo keeps her skin looking “Good As Hell?” The star told the New York Times she uses this tinted moisturizer from Nars in addition to the aforementioned Laura Mercier formula. Sephora reviewers are equally impressed with this vitamin C-packed product, which has earned a 4.4-star rating out of over 3,300 reviews.

“I am obsessed with how my skin looks wearing this,” one customer wrote, saying it gives skin “a beauty glow.”

A Rare Beauty tinted moisturizer
Rare Beauty/Sephora

When it comes to celebrity-owned makeup brands, Selena Gomez’s Rare Beauty also offers a tinted moisturizer designed for “glowy” light-to-medium coverage.

Gomez called it “one of my favorite products we’ve ever done” in a TikTok this year, noting that the liquid formula can be applied with either hands or a foundation brush.

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