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Call it skinnymalism, status skins, glow-up makeup, whatever you want. But the trend is clear. No makeup is the mainstream these days. This is why skin-tone products like CC creams, tinted moisturizers and skin tints have taken TikTok by storm. We aim to enhance the complexion rather than cover it up with foundation.
I’ve always taken a ‘make my skin better’ approach to makeup, so I can say that I’m a bit familiar with skin tones. Similar to tint moisturizers, skin tints are complexion products that provide just enough coverage to even out skin tone. Unlike tinted moisturizers, it’s designed for a more natural finish with minimal coverage. Many skin tints contain moisturizing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and squalane, which also have a nourishing effect. I consider this one of my favorite face serums, but with added skin-smoothing pigment. An ideal product for everyday wear when you want light coverage and a natural glow but want to be yourself.
At this point, I feel like I’ve tried everything from luxury to drugstore formulas, but I’ve never tried anything with vitamin C. When it comes to my complexion, hyperpigmentation and sun blemishes are my main concerns, so I’m always on the lookout for skin care products with brightening antioxidants. And now my makeup products seem to have it too. Maybelline Super Stay Up to 24 Hour Skin Tint ($18) is infused with Vitamin C to brighten skin for a radiant complexion-like finish. Resistant to sweat, moisture and fading, it lasts all day long. Plus, this is the latest skin tint trending on TikTok (17 million views and growing), so I thought I had to try it.
A light layer of this skin tint over SPF evens out skin tone and instantly brightens the complexion for a dewy glow just like mine. But better than that. The formula also contains pearlescent pigments that create a pretty soft-focus glow. I like to use the eyedropper to dot the product all over my face before blending it in with my foundation brush. You can use your fingers, but that’s the beauty of low-maintenance skin products. However, I prefer using a brush for the smoothest application. You can add more coverage if you prefer, but no matter how much you apply, the result will be the same. A veil that doesn’t feel the weight of the pigment and doesn’t fade and stays beautiful all day long.
I love looking in the mirror at the end of the day to see my skin as even and glowing as it was when I got ready in the morning. Super Stay Skin Tint does just that. I tend to sweat a lot, especially in the summer, and this formula lasted through my daily post-work walks, as well as working all day in my non-air-conditioned apartment. I took a selfie in the late afternoon, hours before I removed my makeup for the day. It turns out that TikTok will never let me down, after all.