These skin tones combine care and makeup

A flawless face may have defined the way we’ve worn makeup for much of the past decade, but a counter-movement based on accepting one’s imperfections is slowly making its way into the cosmetics aisle. Partly because of the challenges (and discomfort) of wearing a full base under a mask, as well as people who generally feel more comfortable working bare-faced (and spending more time in) the home, new foundations – skin tones – have a lighter texture, provide skincare benefits and are more customizable than ever before.

Here are some of our favorite skin tones, which you can adapt to any occasion.

Sheer Skin Tint by Summer Fridays

Beloved for bringing a touch of indulgence to everyday skincare, Summer Fridays has unveiled its Sheer Skin Tint, a lightweight fluid that delivers a sheer wash of color. Formulated with hyaluronic acid and squalene, the hydrating formula leaves skin looking even and healthy-looking, while blurring the look of pores, even skin tone and reducing redness, thanks to the presence of tiger grass antioxidant. The presence of vitamin E, safflower and avocado oils also means it glides on like a dream. Available in ten shades, the shades can be layered for more coverage and applied to areas where you might need more.

Foundation drops by Westman Atelier

Westman Atelier’s Foundation Drops epitomize just how powerful skincare and makeup hybrids can be. Developed with the strength of a serum, this feather-light liquid contains tsubaki oil to hydrate, firm and retexturize the skin, ginseng extract to brighten and soothe, pomegranate extract to fight against free radicals and a natural tint to boot.

Merging the last step of your skincare routine and the first step of your makeup regimen, this time-saving formula promises to improve the quality of your skin while improving its current condition. Available in 20 shades in fair, medium, tan, and deep categories, these foundation drops transform into an oil that transforms into a pillow-like serum for dewy, refreshed skin. Best of all, the container is partially made from recycled sugar cane and 100% BPA and phthalate free.

Code 8 Radiate Beauty Balm

Code 8’s Radiate Beauty Balm is a luxurious, lightly scented formula that comes in a light, spreadable texture that seems to fill in imperfections with its velvety finish.

Putting on this BB cream, infused with pectin to hydrate and nourish the skin, and anti-oxidant argan oil to prevent skin damage, feels like putting on an expensive face cream – one that provides coverage light to medium and all the benefits of SPF 25. Available in 11 shades that create a smooth, second-skin finish, it delivers the best in natural glow.

Skin Enhancement Revealing Foundation by Kosas

Since its launch last year, Kosas’ Revealer Skin-Improving Foundation has remained an industry favorite. This dreamy lightweight foundation is all about skincare. Armed with a potent blend of ingredients like hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, squalene, arnica, caffeine, and vitamin B5, the formula cares for the skin, is non-acne, hypoallergenic, and clinically proven to plump, hydrate and brighten the skin.

With built-in SPF 25, this foundation even protects the skin while improving its condition with every use. Its blending, second-skin finish also minimizes pores and smoothes skin’s texture without creating that dreaded mask effect. Above all, the breathable foundation comes in 36 impressive unique shades and caters to shades in the light, medium, medium and deep categories rarely seen before. Wear as much or as little as you want.

Sunny Days Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30 by Tower 28

Imagine a tinted sunscreen that combines broad-spectrum mineral protection with a high-quality tint. Tower 28 Sunny Days Tinted Sunscreen does just that with SPF 30, 100% mineral, non-nano zinc oxide that protects against UVA/UVB rays, suitable even for sensitive skin.

Offering buildable coverage from easing redness to covering blemishes and discoloration, this utility formula also contains aloe vera to soothe sun-kissed skin, anti-inflammatory white sage to help neutralize free radicals free from the sun and repairing prickly pear extract to soften the skin. These ingredients have all been carefully selected from the Californian deserts, where they thrive. The West Coast love doesn’t stop there – the 14-shade range was named after favorite sunny day spots in Los Angeles. To be enjoyed without moderation.

What is the Foundation by Jones Road

Makeup artist and beauty veteran Bobbi Brown is shaking up the very industry she helped build with her new label, Jones Road. Designed for all ages, skin types and skin tones, Jones Road’s clean, high-performance formulations are developed with ease of use in mind. Case in point: the brand recently launched What the Foundation flips convention with its balm-like texture that Brown advocates applying as needed.

Instead of being applied all over the face, this “complexion product,” as Brown calls it, is quick and easy to use. Sheer and highly hydrating, this unique, highly blendable formula was created to enhance natural skin and can be formulated for areas that require special attention. Infused with jojoba oil and sodium hyaluronate to nourish skin, it can be applied with fingers, brush or sponge to blend seamlessly into skin. Available in 12 shades, this category-defying product will have you feeling like you’re wearing nothing at all.

Hermès Plein Air

If you’re looking for luxury, nothing beats the Hermès Plein Air complexion balm. The luminous tinted fluid isn’t just lightweight, it lasts up to eight hours and is scented with a fragrance created by perfumer Christine Nagel, which claims notes of arnica, sandalwood and green tea.

The skin-enhancing qualities of the lightweight formula are enhanced with skincare benefits to ensure your face is hydrated and protected. Available in 12 shades that each adjust to cover a range of two or three skin tones, the fluid provides an even, translucent finish no matter how much or how much you apply.


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