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It seems to be the case that I love anything 'tinted'! I guess since getting more into skincare than makeup, I just like to give things a boost whilst letting my natural skin shine through. Plus, the forgiving, fast application of these sorts of products definitely doesn't hurt... Today we're talking through my favourite skincare-makeup hybrids to boost the complexion both in a wash-off and a long-term way.

A real pleasant surprise for me has been the MAC Cosmetics Hyper Real Serumizer* | £60. It's on the pricey side, but if you have the budget and want a really great 'do it all' skincare and makeup prep formula: this is a great choice. It comes out as a kind of milky emulsion and in the summer or for oily skin, it can be used on clean skin followed by a sunscreen and you're good to go. It has a hydrating glycerin base with hyaluronic acid too; both ingredients are humectants, meaning they draw moisture into your skin. There's also 4% niacinamide; this is a skin-friendly but effective concentration of this hard-working active. Niacinamide helps prevent discolouration, boosts skin barrier function by encouraging the skin to product more ceramides (which keep it happy and hydrated) and it also helps regulate oil production in the skin. A great all-rounder! There's a mild concentration in here of glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids to boost skin glow, increase smoothness and help tackle blemishes on a daily basis. We have ceramides and linoleic acid to contribute towards skin health and algae extract for its powerful antioxidant benefits. The result is softer, smoother, more radiant skin and a perfect base for makeup!

Speaking of skin prep, I have to mention the Ultra Violette Supreme Screen Hydrating Skinscreen SPF 50+* | £34. This is a high-protection, Aussie-made sunscreen with broad spectrum and visible light filters but it feels like a lightweight lotion primer. It even has the tiniest tint of peach which will help with correcting discolouration without the need for heavy complexion makeup. This is a super-elegant formula featuring the most advanced sunscreen filters on the market. It's softening, hydrating and - most importantly - doesn't pill up with my makeup or the rest of my skincare routine. Instead, it provides a perfect smooth canvas for everything to glide over seamlessly.

Let's talk about complexion-boosters, starting with the lighter-coverage option of the two: the Rose Inc Skin Enhance Luminous Tinted Serum* (060) | £39. This is effectively a water-based serum with ingredients like glycerin and squalane to hydrate and replenish the skin with tiny microspheres of pigment suspended within that burst as you massage the product into your skin. They distribute a natural hint of coverage with a fresh, dewy glow that's surprisingly long-wearing. I wouldn't say this is one for oily skin but if you're on the drier side (like me!) and your skin is in need of hydration, a glow boost and some light coverage to even things out: this is for you! 

For a little more coverage, I recommend my all-time favourite base product: the Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser (St. Moritz) | £38. This is still a natural coverage but the Rose Inc is 'barely there', whereas this is very natural and lets the skin shine through but also does a bit more heavy lifting. It's hydrating and formulated with antioxidants to help protect the skin against free radical damage. It's 'my skin but better' in a tube, as far as I'm concerned; it brings the life and vibrancy without covering my skin and leaves it with a fresh glow without any surface 'shine'. It's long-wearing and the perfect base for someone who loves their skincare and just wants to take down a little redness or add a bit of a glow boost. 

Moving onto colour products; the first pick I have is probably applied too lightly to have a significant impact on your skin, but the added extras are welcome across my makeup routine! The Summer Fridays Blush Balm Stick in Warm Desert | £28 | is formulated with Vitamin E, glycerin and hyaluronic acid to create a hydrating formula that applies smoothly and evenly to the skin. This is a true 'blush balm' in that it provides a wash of colour and hydration that isn't anything too pigmented. It's a natural wash of colour (in the case of Warm Desert: a reddish orange tone) that lasts on my skin and the ingredients really help this blush to mesh with my complexion makeup. And it lasts all day!

Let's round things out with lip formulas. I'm a long-time fan of the Clarins Lip Comfort Oil in Chocolate | £25. And honestly; you can't go wrong with any of the shades in this collection! This is an ultra-moisturising, glossy-look lip oil with a cocktail of plant-based moisturising oils so that as you top up your colour throughout the day, you're also keeping your lips hydrated, which is very useful during the winter, in particular (or they make a great low-maintenance summer lip colour). This formula adds the perfect amount of pigment; it's a light wash but it's visible (unlike those lip oils whose tints are only visible in the bottle). In the case of Chocolate, it's a warm berry-brown tone. 

Last - but absolutely not least - is the Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm in Vanilla Beige | £23. This is my all-time favourite lip balm, so the fact it comes in tints is just an added bonus! The original lip balm is clear, so can be worn day or night, but having my lip colour in this formula really helps keep my lips soft and hydrated. It's formulated with a cocktail of nourishing plant butters and oils to banish dry patches. The colour shades vary in term of their pigment levels, but Vanilla Beige (on my skin tone) is a perfect rosy nude that goes with just about any makeup look.

Have you tried any of my go-to skincare-makeup hybrids? Are there any others you love and think I should check out?

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