Makeup Artists Say This Product Tricks Your Skin Into Looking Years Younger

Primers, face mists, pore strips, lip scrubs and tinted moisturizers are all "controversial" beauty products labeled (by some) as the most undeserving of your hard-earned paychecks. Some beauty editors, skin experts and makeup artists flaunt their obsession with the products I've listed above, and some practically condemn them as ineffective industry propaganda. This just proves that everyone likes different things, and you should really just buy any beauty product you dang well please.

In a previous life—a life I'll dub BTM (Before Tinted Moisturizer)—I stubbornly maintained that I just wasn't a fan of tinted moisturizers. They pilled, they didn't match my skin, and they never provided me with the pretty wash of lightweight subtle coverage they promised. Eventually, after some peer pressure from a friend and fellow beauty editor, I tried a new formula I was convinced I'd hate, but miraculously, I became head-over-heels obsessed with it. It turns out that with literally any product in our saturated beauty universe, finding your perfect formula requires some elbow grease. Even if the first (or fifth) option is a fail, that doesn't mean there isn't a glowing new find to be discovered just around the river bend.


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Of course, we all want to reduce the number of products we have to wade through to reach that destination, so I turned to three of the industry's top makeup artists to share the best tinted moisturizers they use on themselves or their A-list clientele. Another perk? Tinted moisturizers are one of the best coverage options for those with mature skin. The way tinted moisturizers are formulated makes them less likely to settle into wrinkles or fine lines, they often impart dewy and plumped-up results and many feature youth-enhancing skin goodies that mature skin will gladly lap up.

If you seek higher coverage, a more traditional foundation or an all-encompassing CC cream might be a better choice, but if you have mature skin that doesn't need heavy amounts of coverage, makeup artists say tinted moisturizers are definitely the best strategy for keeping skin fresh, even and as revitalized as possible. Keep scrolling for 10 of the best tinted moisturizers for mature skin according to makeup artists.

1. Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15

Enhance it with: Chantecaille Radiance Elixir

2. Ilia Beauty Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation

Enhance it with: Ilia True Skin Serum Concealer

3. Erborian BB Crème Nude

Enhance it with: Beautycounter Mattifying Powder

4. Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15

Enhance it with: Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks

5. Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Enhance it with: Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder

6. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat All-in-One Glow

Enhance it with: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat All-Over Brightening Pen

7. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Enhance it with: Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Illuminating Primer

8. Kosas Tinted Face Oil Foundation

Enhance it with: Kosas The Sun Show Moisturizing Baked Bronzer

9. L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Radiant Serum Foundation With SPF 50

Enhance it with: IS Clinical Hydra-Cool Serum & IS Clinical Reparative Moisture Emulsion

10. Saie Slip Tint Dewy Tinted Moisturizer SPF 35 Sunscreen

Enhance it with: Saie Dew Blush Liquid Cheek Blush

This article was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.

Beauty Director

Erin has been writing a mix of beauty and wellness content for Who What Wear for over four years. Prior to that, she spent two and half years writing for Byrdie. She now calls Santa Monica home but grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and studied writing, rhetoric, and communication at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, and spent a summer in L.A. interning with the Byrdie and Who What Wear family. After graduating from UW, she spent one year in San Francisco, where she worked as a writer for Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen before moving down to L.A. to begin her career as a beauty editor. She considers her day-to-day beauty aesthetic very low-maintenance and relies on staples like clear brow serum (from Kimiko!), Lawless's Lip Plumping Mask in Cherry Vanilla, and an eyelash curler. For special occasions or days when she's taking more meetings or has an event, she'll wear anything and everything from Charlotte Tilbury (the foundations are game-changing), some shimmer on her lids (Stila and Róen do it best), and a few coats of the best mascara-type product on earth, Surratt's Noir Lash Tint.