This Product Is Key to My No-Makeup Makeup Look

It's no secret that I'm not a big fan of a full face of makeup. It's not because I don't think it looks amazing. It really does, but my reasoning comes out of pure laziness. I've said it before, but I'll say it again: My normal routine is very minimal, even before these quarantine times. It really makes getting ready for the day a lot easier and allows me more time to sleep in. And nowadays, I barely wear makeup since I've been lucky enough to work from home. Aside from an occasional important Zoom meeting where I've had to look extra presentable, I probably can estimate that I've touched my makeup products less than 100 times in the past year.

My usual lineup for a no-makeup makeup look consists of a little bit of concealer, mascara (after curling my eyelashes), maybe a dab of blush or light dusting of bronzer, and a fun lip color. But the product that really sets me up for success is a tinted sunscreen. It's my secret weapon when it comes to a minimal face.


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A tinted sunscreen does two things for me. One: It gives me minimal coverage and improves my complexion, leaving my skin a little bit more glowy and radiant. And two: It gives me that much needed SPF protection, even when I'm inside the whole day (because you still need it!). Even though I don't wear makeup most days right now, I always make sure to put on my regular skincare products and my favorite tinted sunscreen. That little bit makes me feel like, at least, I've tried for the day.

There are some great tinted sunscreens (and moisturizers with SPF) out there for pretty much any budget or price point. If you want to get started on the tinted-sunscreen game or are looking for a new one, here are some options below.

1. Supergoop! Glowscreen Sunscreen SPF 40

2. CeraVe Tinted Sunscreen With SPF 30

3. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20

4. EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46, Tinted

5. Sun Bum Mineral SPF 30 Tinted Sunscreen Face Lotion

6. Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen Tinted Face Mineral Lotion SPF 50

7. Neutrogena Radiant Tinted Face Moisturizer

8. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light Tinted Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

9. Kiehl's Dermatologist Solutions Super Fluid UV Mineral Defense Sunscreen SPF 50+

10. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30

11. Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

12. PCA Skin Sheer Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 45

13. Sisley Paris Tinted Sunscreen Cream SPF 30

14. Ilia Beauty Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation

15. SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50

Other Products to Complete My No-Makeup Makeup Look

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Sarah is lifestyle writer and editor with over 10 years of experience covering health and wellness, interior design, food, beauty, and tech. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she attended New York University and lived in New York for 12 years before returning to L.A. in 2019.

In addition to her work on THE/THIRTY and Who What Wear, she held editor roles at Apartment Therapy, Real Simple, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, and The Bump (sister site of The Knot).

She has a passion for health and wellness, but she especially loves writing about mental health. Her self-care routine consists of five things: a good workout, “me” time on the regular, an intriguing book/podcast/playlist to unwind after a long day, naps, and decorating her home.