Sometimes there’s nothing nicer than throwing on a quick face to run errands or for a casual day at home. No heavy foundation – in fact, no foundation at all – is in order, yet there’s still the need for some tint to even out tone and SPF for protection. Enter the growing group of souped-up, high-end skin tints, day tints and tinted moisturizers.

Tried and true, Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer is a staple in most make-up drawers, and it’s gorgeous – light weight, hydrating or mattifying, depending on formulation needed. Newer cosmetic technology and changes in premium ingredients have resulted in a slew of day tints that are thin, fresh and higher in SPF, or packed with anti-aging ingredients. Some of the newest tints have a primer embedded in the formula, reducing the need for multiple products. Or, for those not in need of a primer, tints can offer a boost of color that doesn’t produce ring-around-the-jawline.

As the weather heats up in New Orleans, it’s time to relinquish heavier bases and let skin shine through, if possible. For those who simply cannot go without foundation, the Dr. Jart Ceramidin Day Tint is worth adding to the arsenal – a base for the base, so to speak. On its own, this day tint is best mixed with Becca’s Backlight Priming Filter (currently the best primer on the market) for gorgeous, glowing skin.

Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer is a bit liquid-y and not overly pigmented; it glides on, provides a little coverage and evens tone, without being gloppy and with no silicon feel.  

Giorgio Armani’s Luminessence CC is sturdier in texture, has an SPF of 35 and comes in a wide range of shades. This CC cream offers better coverage than most, leaving the skin a bit tacky at first, but after drying it’s flawless.

Chanel CC Cream has SPF 50 and is richly pigmented; this feels more like a light-weight foundation. The color range is the same as the foundations, though this one oxidizes and transfers slightly.

Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer is the most expensive of this group and truly lovely. Lightweight yet covering, this is a three-in-one product that’s smoothing, has minimal sun protection and contains botanicals to fight free radicals. There is a big color range; vanilla and nude are the most popular.

It Cosmetics CC+ is a more budget-friendly option with all the qualities of high-end products. Whisper close to foundation in texture and coverage, it has SPF 50 and comes in three shades: Light, Medium and Dark.

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint is part of a product line from the authors of the beauty blog “Into the Gloss.” This product fills the space between bare skin and makeup. Leaving a dewy, not shiny finish, it’s ultra-light and breathable, allowing freckles to show through (very chic), and there are shades for women of color!

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Armani’s Luminessence CC in No. 3

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Lancome Beige Rose Lip Liner

Laura Mercier Spiced Rose