Moms have superhuman powers from the ability to calm an anxious baby to making the house livable despite piles of toys and stacks of dirty bottles in the sink. But waking up with every worry wrinkle and dark mark of exhaustion concealed? Now that’s something even Mom of the Year has yet to master. Finding the right drugstore tinted moisturizer that will save you money and time, can help.
Why do moms need tinted moisturizer?
Tinted moisturizer is a multi-faceted product that will nourish your skin, enhance your inner glow, smooth over any impurities, and leave you feeling fresh in every sense of the word. And whatever your daily mommy duties are, chances are mornings can be the most hectic time of day. Why not invest in a one-stop-shop, so you don’t have to spend extra minutes in front of the bathroom mirror?
How do moms apply drugstore tinted moisturizer?
All you’ll need to apply tinted moisturizer evenly are clean fingers. And if you don’t have time for at least 30 seconds with soap and water before heading to daycare, just stash some Purell in your glove compartment or use a wet nap from your baby bag. Wash off, dot a few drops of the product onto your face, and gently dab for even application.
Whoever said you need an Instagram-worthy vanity to get effortlessly glam was never a mom. Here are our favorite drugstore tinted moisturizers:
Sometimes mamas let their inner glow go after baby comes along, but just because the spotlight has shifted, doesn’t mean you need to dim down your radiance, Mom. Applying just a few drops of L’Oréal Paris’s True Match Lumi Glotion will enhance that all-natural glow you loved and lost, with the added benefit of providing your skin with a burst of hydration a la shea butter and glycerin. Plus, the lotion’s formula is incredibly airy, which is essential for you. You have enough weight on your shoulders.
Organic formulas typically cost an arm and a leg, but you’re already giving your heart and soul to the #momlife. Ergo, we found a drugstore tinted moisturizer that’s clean, affordable, and travel-friendly for mamas-on-the-go who barely have time to breathe, let alone paint on a full face before heading out the door. Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Tinted Moisturizer is comprised of 80% certified organic ingredients, like shea butter, fruit water, jojoba, sunflower seed, and avocado oils. This two-in-one formula supplies optimal hydration, with just a hint of SPF 15 to keep your complexion protected from sun exposure. It’s also offers sheer coverage and light color correction to take your face from incredibly wiped out to woke-up-flawless.
It just wouldn’t be a complete list of the best drugstore tinted moisturizers without E.L.F. Cosmetics. This brand’s tinted moisturizer is one of the best on the market. If you’re looking for something on the cheaper side that gets the job done, and done well, look no further. The 0.88 ounce tube is also made for travel, so if you have errands to run after dropping off the kiddies at school, no problem. Just drop the bottle into your makeup bag and dab the cream into your complexion at the gas station… or in the grocery store parking lot.
You tell your kids not to judge a book by its cover, so don’t judge a tinted moisturizer by its bottle. The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint might look like an expensive, weighty foundation, but this drugstore tinted moisturizer is incredibly lightweight (and cheap). It’s also been formulated specifically with dry skin types in mind, to ensure parched complexions can find relief. Plus, the comfortable formula doesn’t enhance dry patches, it creates a smooth finish so you look and feel fresh all day long. It’s available in 10 shades.
If you’re on the hunt for a drugstore tinted moisturizer with a generous dose of sun protection, Maybelline takes the cake. With a whopping 30 SPF, Maybelline’s water-gel Dream Fresh BB Cream comes available in five shades, all of which brighten, smooth, hydrate, and yield a dewy finish. Translation: Mamas who aren’t making it to the beach very much this summer in the name of whiny toddlers, need this.
Not all makeup is super inclusive for every skin tone, but thankfully brands like Iman exclusively cater to darker shades. The Iman Skin Tone Evener BB Creme is truly a skincare-meets-makeup hybrid that features skin-loving ingredients like vitamins A, C, and E, grapeseed oil, almond, aloe vera, and just a hint of color to offer a you-but-better finished product.
Who has time for 11 steps of serums and balms on the regular — if ever — with a kid on their arm? No one. CoverGirl CG Smoothers are for Moms who’ve mastered the art of multitasking, and expect the same from their makeup. Available in three shade (fair to light, light to medium, and medium to dark), the product offers 10 skincare benefits in every tube, such as sheer color, 24-hour hydration, SPF-21, correction, and more. Plus, you know if it’s CoverGirl, it’s going to be easy-breezy to apply, and beautiful on the skin.
The award for most aesthetically pleasing drugstore tinted moisturizer definitely goes to Olay. Be sure to stash the Total Effects CC Cream at the back of your vanity or bathroom cabinet, though — babies love anything that swirls and twirls, and this moisturizer-serum duo has a whole lot of curly appeal packed in this bottle. Not only does Olay’s tinted moisturizer look fun, it feels fantastic on the skin. Plus, it’s formulated to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. You know, the ones no one told you come with the many “perks” of being a mom.
The Balm’s entire branding radiates swag, and the BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer is no exception. The Balm adheres to a “beauty in five minutes” philosophy, so you don’t have to spend hours (that you don’t have) in front of the mirror. This tinted moisturizer comes in seven different shades, is breathable, buildable, spreads on easy, and is compatible with all skin types. Now that’s the balm.
I realize that any extra cash lying around probably goes toward baby dues these days, but Mom, you do so much for your fam, that I don’t think anyone would disagree: You deserve to treat yourself. Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum formula in the ultimate indulgence . Available in a range of shades from Porcelain to Mocha, the balm features a unique, antioxidant-vitamin complex to ward off free radicals and aggressive environmental stressors. Its source of hydration, sodium hyaluronate, also works to soften fine, dry lines. No worries if you clocked in just a few hours of sleep the night before. No one will ever know.