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Five of the Best Skin Tints for Light Coverage

Learn how to do a light coverage makeup

There are some occasions when you need full-coverage makeup. When you have a formal event, take photos, or just want to cover up skin imperfections, opt for a thicker foundation. For the majority of your life, though, lighter coverage is better for your skin. Look for foundations, BB creams, and CC creams that go on easily and feel weightless throughout the day.

Skin tints provide you with an opportunity to achieve “flawless skin” with little work. Additionally, you will appear more natural and thus maintain a bare-faced look that is fresh overall.

Here’s everything you need to know about skin tints, and how you can mix your own at home with your favorite 100% Pure foundation. With this knowledge, you can be safe from unwanted ingredients.

What Skin does Tint stand for?

Do you feel like the beauty industry is always selling the same products to us, just under different names? Well, skin tints are no exception. Skin tints are essentially light or less coverage foundations. They come in liquid, powder, and cream formulas and normally have a lighter consistency than traditional foundations.

Skin tints are usually buildable, light-coverage products that sometimes offer other skin benefits like sunscreen or hydration. A lot of people love skin tints because they don’t have ingredients that can clog your pores and cause breakouts.

The real problem with a skin tint also has to do with its coverage; it simply doesn’t offer much. If you want or need better coverage, then a skin tint probably isn’t your best option. Keep reading below to find out whether you need a foundation, a skin tint, or something in between the two.

Do Skin Tints and Tinted Moisturizers serve the same purpose?

Although skin tints and tinted moisturizers both provide minimal coverage, they are not one in the same. A skin tint is simply a product that gives you a small amount of color on your face whereas a tinted moisturizer also includes hydrating ingredients.

The Many Uses of Skin Tint

Skin tints can be used for a variety of purposes, including evening out skin tone, preparing skin for makeup, and adding a bit of color. They often have additional benefits as well, such as SPF protection or hydration.

Is a skin tint really better than a foundation?

Comparing a skin tint to a foundation is really apples to oranges. A skin tint provides minimal coverage that doesn’t last a long time. You’ll get a hint of color, but the formula is so lightweight it usually absorbs rapidly and needs multiple reapplications. 

You’ll definitely want something other than a skin tint if you need a water-resistant or sweat-resistant formula. However, we’d recommend you read this before you decide on a traditional waterproof foundation. 

If you’re searching for true coverage, skin tints aren’t going to cut it. Foundation offers long-lasting coverage that is better than a skin tint, and the great part is that you can easily turn your go-to foundation into a skin tint by mixing in a little beauty oil.

With this hack, you’ll receive a lightweight foundation with sheer coverage that lasts because foundation has more pigment deposit than what’s found in a skin tint. And if you want buildable coverage? No problem! You can adjust the amount of correction needed depending on your preference levels.

How to Choose the Right Light Coverage Skin Tint

When you’re searching for a skin tint, five key features will distinguish the good ones from the bad. A quality skin tint should offer light coverage with minimal color correction.

1. Jojoba Oil and Nourishing Oils

Skin tints often have harsh chemicals like parabens and dimethicone, which can be absorbed into the epidermis. Choose a skin tint with nourishing ingredients that will actually benefit your skin rather than harsh chemicals. Jojoba oil is plant-based and closest to sebum, meaning it will be readily accepted and hydrate your skin better than synthetic products.

2. Buildability

You should be able to define what light coverage means to you, which is why you need a buildable foundation formula. This type of product dries quickly and stays in place even when adding more layers. That way, you can control how much coverage you want without using multiple products.

Thick, sticky, or cakey foundations are less likely to work for building customizable coverage because they tend to slide around, clump together, or wipe off easily. Lighter formulas that soak into your skin work better for this purpose.

3. Luminosity

A skin tint’s main function is to provide you with coverage that is somewhat ethereal, meaning it has a slight sheen that allows your skin to breathe while still getting some color correction. Most foundations don’t have luminous qualities; they do a satisfactory job of covering up but fail to leave room for your skin to look radiant.

Some luminous ingredients that are safe for your skin include plant-based oils to help hydrate it and minerals like titanium dioxide and iron oxides. These minerals add pigment and sheen to your skin without subjecting you to harsh chemicals that could irritate it or disrupt your hormones.

4. More Benefits

With so many skin tints that have special features available, why would you be content with one that doesn’t?

100% Pure creates its foundation formulas using the cleanest, greenest ingredients available to keep your skin hydrated and healthy while fighting the signs of aging by boosting your skin with antioxidants. We utilize jojoba oil, coconut oil, and caster seed oil due to their abilities to better balance skin’s natural moisture levels, improve hydration levels, and keep skin moisturized even hours after application.

5. 100% Pure Cream Foundation

To get the perfect skin tint with long-lasting coverage, try our founder’s favorite method:

Using 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Cream Foundation, squeeze a small amount of product onto a clean surface or in a small container. 

Add one to two drops of Intensive Nourishing Facial Oil to achieve your desired consistency. The more Intensive Nourishing Facial Oil you add, the less coverage your skin tint will be. If you use too much oil, add a drop of foundation.

After you’ve found the perfect consistency, apply our most hydrating and long-lasting skin tint.

How to Apply Skin Tint?

Applying your skin tint is just like applying foundation; you can use it across your whole face or only in specific areas. You can apply the tint with a makeup sponge, or brush, or even by warming the product up with your hands to make it go on smoother.

Use broad, upward strokes to apply your skin tint. Once the first layer is dry, decide if you want more coverage and proceed accordingly. Make sure to do this in natural light, so you get the level of coverage that you desire.

For Additional Coverage

If you find that skin tints don’t provide enough coverage, but foundations are too much, consider a hybrid product.

There is no comparison for 100% Pure Foundation.

This versatile product can be used as a highlighter, foundation, or luminizer. It glides on easily and is available in two shades that can be blended with your favorite foundation to create the perfect shade for your skin tone and undertone.

Be aware of…

Before using any skin tint, be sure to check the ingredients list carefully. Some products may use parabens, talc, phenoxyethanol (an ingredient with a rose-like scent), or other questionable substances in order to save money and cut corners. In particular, avoid anything that lists fragrance as an ingredient – these products can contain dangerous chemicals that you may not be aware of.

Skincare shopping can be overwhelming but opt for fragrance-free products to make it easier. Products that contain natural, plant-based fragrances are also a great option.

To Conclude

Skin tints are a fantastic way to achieve a natural finish and healthy glow that won’t wear off after only a few hours. However, most skin tints aren’t long-lasting, so you may need to touch up your makeup throughout the day.

Rather than succumbing to every advertisement you see on social media, try making your own skin tint at home with your go-to foundation and a little bit of skin-healthy beauty oil. 100% Pure has made it simple for you to get the lightweight, sheer coverage of a skin tint that leaves behind a healthy glow–and without needing touch ups every few minutes.


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